[syn: serve, process, swear out]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
Madam, I entreat true peace of you,
Which I will purchase with my duteous service.
God requires no man's service upon hard and
unreasonable terms. --Tillotson.
2. The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another;
duty done or required; office.
I have served him from the hour of my nativity, . .
. and have nothing at his hands for my service but
This poem was the last piece of service I did for my
master, King Charles. --Dryden.
To go on the forlorn hope is a service of peril; who
will understake it if it be not also a service of
3. Office of devotion; official religious duty performed;
religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial;
as, a burial service.
The outward service of ancient religion, the rites,
ceremonies, and ceremonial vestments of the old law.
4. Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.
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.
When he cometh to experience of service abroad . . .
ne maketh a worthy soldier. --Spenser.
6. Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes
interest or happiness; benefit; avail.
The stork's plea, when taken in a net, was the
service she did in picking up venomous creatures.
7. Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed. "Pray,
do my service to his majesty." --Shak.
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.
There was no extraordinary service seen on the
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.
10. (Naut.) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as
spun yarn, small lines, etc.
11. (Tennis) The act of serving the ball.
12. Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Process \Proc"ess\, n. [F. proc[`e]s, L. processus. See
1. The act of proceeding; continued forward movement;
procedure; progress; advance. "Long process of time."
The thoughts of men are widened with the process of
the suns. --Tennyson.
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.
Tell her the process of Antonio's end. --Shak.
3. A statement of events; a narrative. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
4. (Anat. & Zool.) Any marked prominence or projecting part,
especially of a bone; anapophysis.
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.
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.
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.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
173 Moby Thesaurus words for "process":
Afro, MO, act, activity, algorithm, alter, analog process, answer,
approach, arrange, attack, barber, behavior pattern, bench warrant,
blow up, blueprint, bob, capias, carve, caveat, change, chisel,
clear for action, clear the decks, coif, coiffure, cold wave, conk,
convert, course, course of action, cruise, cultivate, cure,
deal with, death warrant, deploy, develop, development,
digital process, dispose of, dress, enlarge, excrescence,
excrescency, extract, fare, fashion, feeling, fieri facias, fix,
fix up, form, function, get ready, go, grow, guise,
habere facias possessionem, haircut, hairdo, hairstyle, handle,
harvest, headdress, hie, home permanent, hunting, injunction,
input oscillation, interdict, journey, line, line of action, lines,
machine, make arrangements, make preparations, make ready, manage,
mandamus, mandate, mandatory injunction, manipulate, manner,
manner of working, marshal, means, measure, method, methodology,
mill, mine, mittimus, mobilize, mode, mode of operation,
mode of procedure, modify, modus, modus operandi, motion, natural,
nisi prius, notice, notification, offset, operation, order,
organize, oscillatory behavior, overcorrection of error, overshoot,
pass, permanent, permanent wave, plan, pompadour, practice,
prearrange, precept, prep, prepare, pretreat, print, procedure,
proceed, proceeding, procure materials, prohibitory injunction,
provide, pump, push on, put in shape, raise, ready, ready up, rear,
refine, repair, routine, search warrant, self-excitation,
settle preliminaries, shingle, smelt, step, stock, stock up, store,
style, system, tack, take care of, tan, technique, the drill,
the how, the way of, tone, transform, travel, treat, trim, try out,
utilize, warrant, warrant of arrest, warrant of attorney, wave,
way, wise, writ