Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of one that serves.
  • noun An individual portion or helping of food or drink.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as service,1.
  • noun Nautical, same as service, 17.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from serve.
  • (Naut.) a flat piece of wood used in serving ropes.
  • a female servant; a maidservant.
  • (Naut.) a wooden instrument shaped like a mallet, used in serving ropes.
  • a male servant, or attendant; a manservant.
  • (Naut.) small lines for serving ropes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That or who serves or serve.
  • noun uncountable The action of the verb to serve.
  • noun countable A portion (especially, of a meal) served to someone.
  • noun countable A layer added to the outside of an electrical cable to protect it
  • verb Present participle of serve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
  • noun an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal

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Examples

  • If power did not accrete with seniority, if there were no retirement benefits, if there were no automatic pay raises, in other words, if serving in the Senate or House were the *serving* that was originally envisioned, not a *CAREER*, there would be a lot less pressure from K street, as there would be no person who was the “Go To” for a specific bit of rent seeking.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Taxes = Power

  • The polyphony of David Lang's "For Love Is Strong" grew denser throughout the piece, with the words of the title serving as a kind of drone over which the lyrics were sung.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Most dish up one to two cups of pasta with a meal; a serving is a half-cup.

    Chefs dish it out, and then some

  • I make notes to prep before important phone calls, and like some crazed homemaker from the fifties, I label serving dishes with Post-it notes before parties to make sure I have a place to put the Nacho Cheese Doritos and the Sour Cream & Onion Lays.

    Rollergirl

  • I make notes to prep before important phone calls, and like some crazed homemaker from the fifties, I label serving dishes with Post-it notes before parties to make sure I have a place to put the Nacho Cheese Doritos and the Sour Cream & Onion Lays.

    Rollergirl

  • LOVE: We're talking portion control, have fruit about a baseball sized portion or a cup is what we call a serving goal on a fruit serving.

    CNN Transcript Jul 14, 2007

  • I make notes to prep before important phone calls, and like some crazed homemaker from the fifties, I label serving dishes with Post-it notes before parties to make sure I have a place to put the Nacho Cheese Doritos and the Sour Cream & Onion Lays.

    Rollergirl

  • I make notes to prep before important phone calls, and like some crazed homemaker from the fifties, I label serving dishes with Post-it notes before parties to make sure I have a place to put the Nacho Cheese Doritos and the Sour Cream & Onion Lays.

    Rollergirl

  • Is that what you call serving our noble and austere cause?

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864

  • "That knowledge has grown even more during my term serving on the board," he said.

    The Memphis Daily News

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