from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from serve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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

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  • I have land, money, power, recognition from the world, a consciousness that I do my meed of good in serving others, a mate whom I love, children that are of my own fond flesh.

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