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Work vs. Service

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Worknoun

Employment.

Servicenoun

An act of being of assistance to someone.

‘I say I did him a service by ending our relationship - now he can freely pursue his career.’;

Worknoun

Labour, occupation, job.

‘My work involves a lot of travel.’;

Servicenoun

(economics) The practice of providing such a service as economic activity.

‘Hair care is a service industry.’;

Worknoun

The place where one is employed.

‘He hasn’t come home yet, he’s still at work.’;

Servicenoun

A department in a company, an organization, a government department, etc.

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Worknoun

One's employer

Servicenoun

(computing) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.

‘This machine provides the name service for the LAN.’;

Worknoun

Effort.

Servicenoun

The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group

‘Lancelot was at the service of King Arthur.’;

Worknoun

Effort expended on a particular task.

‘Holding a brick over your head is hard work. It takes a lot of work to write a dictionary.’;

Servicenoun

The military.

‘I did three years in the service before coming here.’;

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Worknoun

Sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result.

‘We know what we must do. Let's go to work.’;

Servicenoun

A set of dishes or utensils.

‘She brought out the silver tea service.’;

Worknoun

Something on which effort is expended.

‘There's lots of work waiting for me at the office.’;

Servicenoun

(sports) The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.

‘The player had four service faults in the set.’;

Worknoun

(physics) A measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance. No work is done if the object does not move.

‘Work is done against friction to drag a bag along the ground.’;

Servicenoun

A religious rite or ritual.

‘The funeral service was touching.’;

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Worknoun

A measure of energy that is usefully extracted from a process.

Servicenoun

(legal) The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.

‘The service happened yesterday.’;

Worknoun

Sustained effort to achieve a goal or result, especially overcoming obstacles.

‘We don't have much time. Let's get to work piling up those sandbags.’;

Servicenoun

A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.

Worknoun

(heading) Product; the result of effort.

Servicenoun

A musical composition for use in churches.

Worknoun

The result of a particular manner of production.

‘There's a lot of guesswork involved.’;

Servicenoun

(obsolete) Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.

Worknoun

Something produced using the specified material or tool.

‘We've got some paperwork to do before we can get started. The piece was decorated with intricate filigree work.’;

Servicenoun

(nautical) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.

Worknoun

(countable) A literary, artistic, or intellectual production.

‘It is a work of art.’; ‘the poetic works of Alexander Pope’;

Serviceverb

(transitive) To serve.

‘They service the customer base.’;

Worknoun

(countable) A fortification.

‘William the Conqueror fortified many castles, throwing up new ramparts, bastions and all manner of works.’;

Serviceverb

(transitive) To perform maintenance.

‘He is going to service the car.’;

Worknoun

The staging of events to appear as real.

Serviceverb

To inseminate through sexual intercourse

Worknoun

(mining) Ore before it is dressed.

Serviceverb

To perform a sexual act.

‘He was going to service her.’;

Worknoun

The equipment needed to inject a drug (syringes, needles, swabs etc.)

‘Tell me you're using clean works at least.’;

Servicenoun

A name given to several trees and shrubs of the genus Pyrus, as Pyrus domestica and P. torminalis of Europe, the various species of mountain ash or rowan tree, and the American shad bush (see Shad bush, under Shad). They have clusters of small, edible, applelike berries.

Workverb

(intransitive) To do a specific task by employing physical or mental powers.

‘He’s working in a bar.’;

Servicenoun

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.

‘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.’;

Workverb

Followed by in (or at, etc.) Said of one's workplace (building), or one's department, or one's trade (sphere of business).

‘I work in a national park’; ‘she works in the human resources department’; ‘he mostly works in logging, but sometimes works in carpentry’;

Servicenoun

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 blows.’; ‘This poem was the last piece of service I did for my master, King Charles.’; ‘To go on the forlorn hope is a service of peril; who will understake it if it be not also a service of honor?’;

Workverb

Followed by as. Said of one's job title

‘I work as a cleaner.’;

Servicenoun

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.’;

Workverb

Followed by for. Said of a company or individual who employs.

‘she works for Microsoft’; ‘he works for the president’;

Servicenoun

Hence, a musical composition for use in churches.

Workverb

Followed by with. General use, said of either fellow employees or instruments or clients.

‘I work closely with my Canadian counterparts’; ‘you work with computers’; ‘she works with the homeless people from the suburbs’;

Servicenoun

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.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To effect by gradual degrees.

‘he worked his way through the crowd’; ‘the dye worked its way through’; ‘using some tweezers, she worked the bee sting out of her hand’;

Servicenoun

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.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To embroider with thread.

Servicenoun

Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.

Workverb

(transitive) To set into action.

‘He worked the levers.’;

Servicenoun

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 board.’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to ferment.

Servicenoun

The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law; as, the service of a subpŒna or an attachment.

Workverb

(intransitive) To ferment.

Servicenoun

The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc.

Workverb

(transitive) To exhaust, by working.

‘The mine was worked until the last scrap of ore had been extracted.’;

Servicenoun

The act of serving the ball.

Workverb

(transitive) To shape, form, or improve a material.

‘He used pliers to work the wire into shape.’;

Servicenoun

Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in a certain place, area, or speciality.

‘she works the night clubs’; ‘the salesman works the Midwest’; ‘this artist works mostly in acrylics’;

Servicenoun

work done by one person or group that benefits another;

‘budget separately for goods and services’;

Workverb

(transitive) To operate in or through; as, to work the phones.

Servicenoun

a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

Workverb

(transitive) To provoke or excite; to influence.

‘The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy.’;

Servicenoun

the act of public worship following prescribed rules;

‘the Sunday service’;

Workverb

(transitive) To use or manipulate to one’s advantage.

‘She knows how to work the system.’;

Servicenoun

an act of help or assistance;

‘he did them a service’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.

‘I cannot work a miracle.’;

Servicenoun

employment in or work for another;

‘he retired after 30 years of service’;

Workverb

(transitive) To cause to work.

‘He is working his servants hard.’;

Servicenoun

a force that is a branch of the armed forces

Workverb

(intransitive) To function correctly; to act as intended; to achieve the goal designed for.

‘he pointed at the car and asked, "Does it work"?;’; ‘he looked at the bottle of pain pills, wondering if they would work;’; ‘my plan didn’t work’;

Servicenoun

the performance of duties by a waiter or servant;

‘that restaurant has excellent service’;

Workverb

To influence.

‘They worked on her to join the group.’;

Servicenoun

periodic maintenance on a car or machine;

‘it was time for an overhaul on the tractor’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To effect by gradual degrees; as, to work into the earth.

Servicenoun

tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table

Workverb

(intransitive) To move in an agitated manner.

‘His fingers worked with tension.’; ‘A ship works in a heavy sea.’;

Servicenoun

(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play;

‘his powerful serves won the game’;

Workverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way when handled

‘this dough does not work easily;’; ‘the soft metal works well’;

Servicenoun

the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone;

‘he accepted service of the subpoena’;

Workverb

To cause (someone) to feel (something); to do unto somebody (something, whether good or bad).

Servicenoun

Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)

Workverb

To hurt; to ache.

Servicenoun

a means of serving;

‘of no avail’; ‘there's no help for it’;

Worknoun

Exertion of strength or faculties; physical or intellectual effort directed to an end; industrial activity; toil; employment; sometimes, specifically, physical labor.

‘Man hath his daily work of body or mindAppointed.’;

Servicenoun

the act of mating by male animals;

‘the bull was worth good money in servicing fees’;

Worknoun

The matter on which one is at work; that upon which one spends labor; material for working upon; subject of exertion; the thing occupying one; business; duty; as, to take up one's work; to drop one's work.

‘Come on, Nerissa; I have work in handThat you yet know not of.’; ‘In every work that he began . . . he did it with all his heart, and prospered.’;

Servicenoun

(law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him

Worknoun

That which is produced as the result of labor; anything accomplished by exertion or toil; product; performance; fabric; manufacture; in a more general sense, act, deed, service, effect, result, achievement, feat.

‘To leave no rubs or blotches in the work.’; ‘The work some praise,And some the architect.’; ‘Fancy . . . Wild work produces oft, and most in dreams.’; ‘The composition or dissolution of mixed bodies . . . is the chief work of elements.’;

Serviceverb

be used by; as of a utility;

‘The sewage plant served the neighboring communities’; ‘The garage served to shelter his horses’;

Worknoun

Specifically: (a) That which is produced by mental labor; a composition; a book; as, a work, or the works, of Addison. (b) Flowers, figures, or the like, wrought with the needle; embroidery.

‘I am glad I have found this napkin; . . . I'll have the work ta'en out,And give 't Iago.’;

Serviceverb

make fit for use;

‘service my truck’; ‘the washing machine needs to be serviced’;

Worknoun

Structures in civil, military, or naval engineering, as docks, bridges, embankments, trenches, fortifications, and the like; also, the structures and grounds of a manufacturing establishment; as, iron works; locomotive works; gas works.

Serviceverb

mate with;

‘male animals serve the females for breeding purposes’;

Worknoun

Manner of working; management; treatment; as, unskillful work spoiled the effect.

Servicenoun

the action of helping or doing work for someone

‘millions are involved in voluntary service’;

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force. The amount of work is proportioned to, and is measured by, the product of the force into the amount of motion along the direction of the force. See Conservation of energy, under Conservation, Unit of work, under Unit, also Foot pound, Horse power, Poundal, and Erg.

‘Energy is the capacity of doing work . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.’;

Servicenoun

an act of assistance

‘he has done us a great service’; ‘he volunteered his services as a driver’;

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Servicenoun

assistance or advice given to customers during and after the sale of goods

‘they aim to provide better quality of service’;

Worknoun

Performance of moral duties; righteous conduct.

‘He shall reward every man according to his works.’; ‘Faith, if it hath not works, is dead.’;

Servicenoun

the action of serving food and drinks to customers

‘they complained of poor bar service’;

Worknoun

Break; twist.

Servicenoun

short for service charge

‘service is included in the final bill’;

Worknoun

The causing of motion against a resisting force, measured by the product of the force into the component of the motion resolved along the direction of the force.

‘Energy is the capacity of doing work. . . . Work is the transference of energy from one system to another.’;

Servicenoun

a period of employment with a company or organization

‘he retired after 40 years' service’;

Worknoun

Ore before it is dressed.

Servicenoun

employment as a servant

‘the pitifully low wages gained from domestic service’;

Workverb

To exert one's self for a purpose; to put forth effort for the attainment of an object; to labor; to be engaged in the performance of a task, a duty, or the like.

‘O thou good Kent, how shall I live and work,To match thy goodness?’; ‘Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you.’; ‘Whether we work or play, or sleep or wake,Our life doth pass.’;

Servicenoun

the use which can be made of a machine

‘the computer should provide good service for years’;

Workverb

Hence, in a general sense, to operate; to act; to perform; as, a machine works well.

‘We bend to that the working of the heart.’;

Servicenoun

a system supplying a public need such as transport, communications, or utilities such as electricity and water

‘a regular bus service’;

Workverb

Hence, figuratively, to be effective; to have effect or influence; to conduce.

‘We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.’; ‘This so wrought upon the child, that afterwards he desired to be taught.’; ‘She marveled how she could ever have been wrought upon to marry him.’;

Servicenoun

a public department or organization run by the state

‘the probation service’;

Workverb

To carry on business; to be engaged or employed customarily; to perform the part of a laborer; to labor; to toil.

‘They that work in fine flax . . . shall be confounded.’;

Servicenoun

the armed forces

‘service personnel’;

Workverb

To be in a state of severe exertion, or as if in such a state; to be tossed or agitated; to move heavily; to strain; to labor; as, a ship works in a heavy sea.

‘Confused with working sands and rolling waves.’;

Servicenoun

an area with parking beside a major road supplying petrol, refreshments, and other amenities to motorists.

Workverb

To make one's way slowly and with difficulty; to move or penetrate laboriously; to proceed with effort; - with a following preposition, as down, out, into, up, through, and the like; as, scheme works out by degrees; to work into the earth.

‘Till body up to spirit work, in boundsProportioned to each kind.’;

Servicenoun

a ceremony of religious worship according to a prescribed form

‘a funeral service’;

Workverb

To ferment, as a liquid.

‘The working of beer when the barm is put in.’;

Servicenoun

a periodic routine inspection and maintenance of a vehicle or other machine

‘he took his car in for a service’;

Workverb

To act or operate on the stomach and bowels, as a cathartic.

‘Purges . . . work best, that is, cause the blood so to do, . . . in warm weather or in a warm room.’;

Servicenoun

a set of matching crockery used for serving a particular meal

‘a dinner service’;

Workverb

To labor or operate upon; to give exertion and effort to; to prepare for use, or to utilize, by labor.

‘He could have told them of two or three gold mines, and a silver mine, and given the reason why they forbare to work them at that time.’;

Servicenoun

(in tennis and other racket sports) the action or right of serving to begin play.

Workverb

To produce or form by labor; to bring forth by exertion or toil; to accomplish; to originate; to effect; as, to work wood or iron into a form desired, or into a utensil; to work cotton or wool into cloth.

‘Each herb he knew, that works or good or ill.’;

Servicenoun

a serve.

Workverb

To produce by slow degrees, or as if laboriously; to bring gradually into any state by action or motion.

‘So the pure, limpid stream, when foul with stainsOf rushing torrents and descending rains,Works itself clear, and as it runs, refines,Till by degrees the floating mirror shines.’;

Servicenoun

the formal delivery of a document such as a writ or summons.

Workverb

To influence by acting upon; to prevail upon; to manage; to lead.

Serviceverb

perform routine maintenance or repair work on (a vehicle or machine)

‘ensure that gas appliances are serviced regularly’;

Workverb

To form with a needle and thread or yarn; especially, to embroider; as, to work muslin.

Serviceverb

supply and maintain systems for public utilities and transport and communications in (an area)

‘the village is small and well serviced’;

Workverb

To set in motion or action; to direct the action of; to keep at work; to govern; to manage; as, to work a machine.

‘Knowledge in building and working ships.’; ‘Now, Marcus, thy virtue's the proof;Put forth thy utmost strength, work every nerve.’; ‘The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,Where they were wont to do.’;

Serviceverb

perform a service or services for (someone)

‘her life is devoted to servicing others’;

Workverb

To cause to ferment, as liquor.

‘Tears of joy for your returning spilt,Work out and expiate our former guilt.’; ‘The sun, that rolls his chariot o'er their heads,Works up more fire and color in their cheeks.’;

Serviceverb

pay interest on (a debt)

‘taxpayers are paying $250 million just to service that debt’;

Worknoun

activity directed toward making or doing something;

‘she checked several points needing further work’;

Serviceverb

(of a male animal) mate with (a female animal)

‘one dog could presumably service several bitches in a day’;

Worknoun

a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing;

‘it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works’; ‘the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work’; ‘he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey’; ‘the work of an active imagination’; ‘erosion is the work of wind or water over time’;

Serviceverb

have sexual intercourse with or give sexual gratification to (someone).

Worknoun

the occupation for which you are paid;

‘he is looking for employment’; ‘a lot of people are out of work’;

Worknoun

applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading);

‘mastering a second language requires a lot of work’; ‘no schools offer graduate study in interior design’;

Worknoun

the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it);

‘he studied the entire Wagnerian oeuvre’; ‘Picasso's work can be divided into periods’;

Worknoun

a place where work is done;

‘he arrived at work early today’;

Worknoun

(physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force;

‘work equals force times distance’;

Workverb

exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity;

‘I will work hard to improve my grades’; ‘she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor’;

Workverb

be employed;

‘Is your husband working again?’; ‘My wife never worked’; ‘Do you want to work after the age of 60?’; ‘She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money’; ‘She works as a waitress to put herself through college’;

Workverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

‘The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought’; ‘How does your idea work in practice?’; ‘This method doesn't work’; ‘The breaks of my new car act quickly’; ‘The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water’;

Workverb

perform as expected when applied;

‘The washing machine won't go unless it's plugged in’; ‘Does this old car still run well?’; ‘This old radio doesn't work anymore’;

Workverb

shape, form, or improve a material;

‘work stone into tools’; ‘process iron’; ‘work the metal’;

Workverb

give a work-out to;

‘Some parents exercise their infants’; ‘My personal trainer works me hard’; ‘work one's muscles’;

Workverb

proceed along a path;

‘work one's way through the crowd’; ‘make one's way into the forest’;

Workverb

operate in a certain place, area, or specialty;

‘She works the night clubs’; ‘The salesman works the Midwest’; ‘This artist works mostly in acrylics’;

Workverb

proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity;

‘work your way through every problem or task’; ‘She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived’; ‘Start from the bottom and work towards the top’;

Workverb

move in an agitated manner;

‘His fingers worked with tension’;

Workverb

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;

‘I cannot work a miracle’; ‘wreak havoc’; ‘bring comments’; ‘play a joke’; ‘The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area’;

Workverb

cause to work;

‘he is working his servants hard’;

Workverb

prepare for crops;

‘Work the soil’; ‘cultivate the land’;

Workverb

behave in a certain way when handled;

‘This dough does not work easily’; ‘The soft metal works well’;

Workverb

have and exert influence or effect;

‘The artist's work influenced the young painter’; ‘She worked on her friends to support the political candidate’;

Workverb

operate in or through;

‘Work the phones’;

Workverb

cause to operate or function;

‘This pilot works the controls’; ‘Can you work an electric drill?’;

Workverb

provoke or excite;

‘The rock musician worked the crowd of young girls into a frenzy’;

Workverb

gratify and charm, usually in order to influence;

‘the political candidate worked the crowds’;

Workverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

‘She molded the riceballs carefully’; ‘Form cylinders from the dough’; ‘shape a figure’; ‘Work the metal into a sword’;

Workverb

move into or onto;

‘work the raisins into the dough’; ‘the student worked a few jokes into his presentation’; ‘work the body onto the flatbed truck’;

Workverb

make uniform;

‘knead dough’; ‘work the clay until it is soft’;

Workverb

use or manipulate to one's advantage;

‘He exploit the new taxation system’; ‘She knows how to work the system’; ‘he works his parents for sympathy’;

Workverb

find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of;

‘did you solve the problem?’; ‘Work out your problems with the boss’; ‘this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out’; ‘did you get it?’; ‘Did you get my meaning?’; ‘He could not work the math problem’;

Workverb

cause to undergo fermentation;

‘We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content’; ‘The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats’;

Workverb

go sour or spoil;

‘The milk has soured’; ‘The wine worked’; ‘The cream has turned--we have to throw it out’;

Workverb

arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion;

‘The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times’;

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