Hypertext Webster Gateway: "serving"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Serve \Serve\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L.
servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to
protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva
protecting. Cf. {Conserve}, {Desert} merit, {Dessert},
{Observe}, {Serf}, {Sergeant}.]
1. To work for; to labor in behalf of; to exert one's self
continuously or statedly for the benefit of; to do service
for; to be in the employment of, as an inferior, domestic,
serf, slave, hired assistant, official helper, etc.;
specifically, in a religious sense, to obey and worship.

God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit.
--Rom. i. 9.

Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee
seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. --Gen.
xxix. 18.

No man can serve two masters. --Matt. vi.

Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served
my king, he would not in mine age Have left me naked
to mine enemies. --Shak.

2. To be subordinate to; to act a secondary part under; to
appear as the inferior of; to minister to.

Bodies bright and greater should not serve The less
not bright. --Milton.

3. To be suitor to; to profess love to. [Obs.]

To serve a lady in his beste wise. --Chaucer.

4. To wait upon; to supply the wants of; to attend;
specifically, to wait upon at table; to attend at meals;
to supply with food; as, to serve customers in a shop.

Others, pampered in their shameless pride, Are
served in plate and in their chariots ride.

5. Hence, to bring forward, arrange, deal, or distribute, as
a portion of anything, especially of food prepared for
eating; -- often with up; formerly with in.

Bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we
will come in to dinner. --Shak.

Some part he roasts, then serves it up so dressed.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Serving \Serv"ing\,
a. & n. from {Serve}.

{Serving board} (Naut.), a flat piece of wood used in serving

{Serving maid}, a female servant; a maidservant.

{Serving mallet} (Naut.), a wooden instrument shaped like a
mallet, used in serving ropes.

{Serving man}, a male servant, or attendant; a manservant.

{Serving stuff} (Naut.), small lines for serving ropes.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an individual portion of food or drink: "the helpings were
all small"; "his portion was larger than hers"; "there's
enough for two servings each" [syn: {helping}, {portion}]
2: the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone; "he
accepted service of the subpoena" [syn: {service}, {service
of process}]

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