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Service \Serv"ice\, n. [OE. servise, OF. servise, service, F. service, from L. servitium. See {Serve}.]
     1. The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another's command; attendance of an inferior, hired helper, slave, etc., on a superior, employer, master, or the like; also, spiritual obedience and love. "O God . . . whose service is perfect freedom." --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

              Madam, I entreat true peace of you,
              Which I will purchase with my duteous service.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              God requires no man's service upon hard and unreasonable terms.                   --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     2. The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office. [1913 Webster]

              I have served him from the hour of my nativity, . .
              . and have nothing at his hands for my service but blows.                                --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              This poem was the last piece of service I did for my master, King Charles.                 --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              To go on the forlorn hope is a service of peril; who will understake it if it be not also a service of honor?                                --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     3. Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as, a burial service. [1913 Webster]

              The outward service of ancient religion, the rites, ceremonies, and ceremonial vestments of the old law.
                                                    --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

     4. Hence, a musical composition for use in churches. [1913 Webster]

     5. Duty performed in, or appropriate to, any office or charge; official function; hence, specifically, military or naval duty; performance of the duties of a soldier. [1913 Webster]

              When he cometh to experience of service abroad . . . ne maketh a worthy soldier.           --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     6. Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail. [1913 Webster]

              The stork's plea, when taken in a net, was the service she did in picking up venomous creatures.
                                                    --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     7. Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed. "Pray, do my service to his majesty." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     8. The act and manner of bringing food to the persons who eat it; order of dishes at table; also, a set or number of vessels ordinarily used at table; as, the service was tardy and awkward; a service of plate or glass. [1913 Webster]

              There was no extraordinary service seen on the board.                                --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

     9. (Law) The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law; as, the service of a subp[oe]na or an attachment. [1913 Webster]

     10. (Naut.) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc. [1913 Webster]

     11. (Tennis) The act of serving the ball.
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     12. Act of serving or covering. See {Serve}, v. t., 13. [1913 Webster]

     {Service book}, a prayer book or missal.

     {Service line} (Tennis), a line parallel to the net, and at a distance of 21 feet from it.

     {Service of a writ}, {process}, etc. (Law), personal delivery or communication of the writ or process, etc., to the party to be affected by it, so as to subject him to its operation; the reading of it to the person to whom notice is intended to be given, or the leaving of an attested copy with the person or his attorney, or at his usual place of abode.

     {Service of an attachment} (Law), the seizing of the person or goods according to the direction.

     {Service of an execution} (Law), the levying of it upon the goods, estate, or person of the defendant.

     {Service pipe}, a pipe connecting mains with a dwelling, as in gas pipes, and the like. --Tomlinson.

     {To accept service}. (Law) See under {Accept}.

     {To see service} (Mil.), to do duty in the presence of the enemy, or in actual war. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Process \Proc"ess\, n. [F. proc[`e]s, L. processus. See {Proceed}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement; procedure; progress; advance. "Long process of time."
        --Milton.
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              The thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns.                             --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     2. A series of actions, motions, or occurrences; progressive act or transaction; continuous operation; normal or actual course or procedure; regular proceeding; as, the process of vegetation or decomposition; a chemical process; processes of nature. [1913 Webster]

              Tell her the process of Antonio's end. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A statement of events; a narrative. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Anat. & Zool.) Any marked prominence or projecting part, especially of a bone; anapophysis. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Law) The whole course of proceedings in a cause real or personal, civil or criminal, from the beginning to the end of the suit; strictly, the means used for bringing the defendant into court to answer to the action; -- a generic term for writs of the class called judicial. [1913 Webster]

     {Deacon's process} [from H. Deacon, who introduced it] (Chem.), a method of obtaining chlorine gas by passing hydrochloric acid gas over heated slag which has been previously saturated with a solution of some metallic salt, as sulphate of copper.

     {Final process} (Practice), a writ of execution in an action at law. --Burrill.

     {In process}, in the condition of advance, accomplishment, transaction, or the like; begun, and not completed.

     {Jury process} (Law), the process by which a jury is summoned in a cause, and by which their attendance is enforced.
        --Burrill.

     {Leblanc's process} (Chem.), the process of manufacturing soda by treating salt with sulphuric acid, reducing the sodium sulphate so formed to sodium sulphide by roasting with charcoal, and converting the sodium sulphide to sodium carbonate by roasting with lime.

     {Mesne process}. See under {Mesne}.

     {Process milling}, the process of high milling for grinding flour. See under {Milling}.

     {Reversible process} (Thermodynamics), any process consisting of a cycle of operations such that the different operations of the cycle can be performed in reverse order with a reversal of their effects. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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