• WordNet 3.6
    • n servant a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
    • n servant in a subordinate position "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics","the state cannot be a servant of the church"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian holiday Boxing Day got its name from the custom of giving. Servants were given boxes which had money hidden inside them from their employers. The servants would have to break the box into pieces to get the money
    • Servant A professed lover or suitor; a gallant. "In my time a servant was I one.""Our betters tell us they are our humble servants , but understand us to be their slaves."
    • Servant One in a state of subjection or bondage. "Thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt."
    • Servant One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper. "A yearly hired servant .""Men in office have begun to think themselves mere agents and servants of the appointing power, and not agents of the government or the country."
    • v. t Servant To subject.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n servant One who serves or attends, whether voluntarily or involuntarily; a person employed by another, and subject to his orders; one who exerts himself or herself, or labors, for the benefit of a master or an employer; an attendant; a subordinate assistant; an agent. The earlier uses of this word seem to imply protection on the part of the sovereign, lord, or master, and the notion of clientage, the relation involved being one in no sense degrading to the inferior. In modern use it denotes specifically a domestic or menial helper. (See , below.) In law a servant is a person who, for a consideration, is bound to render service under the legal authority of another, such other being called the master. Agents of various kinds are sometimes included in the general designation of servants; but the term agent implies discretionary power, and responsibility in the mode of performing duty, such as is not usually implied in the term servant: as, the uniformed servants of a railway-company. See master, 2.
    • n servant Specifically.
    • n servant A bondman or bondwoman; a slave.
    • n servant (b A person hired for a specified time to do manual or field labor; a laborer.
    • n servant A person in domestic service; a household or personal attendant; a domestic; a menial. An upper servant is one who has assistants under him or her, as a butler, a head cook, or a head coachman; an under servant is one who takes orders from an upper one, as an under-nurse, a scullery-maid, or a groom.
    • n servant One in a state of subjection.
    • n servant One who dedicates himself to the service of another; one who professes himself ready to do the will of another. See phrases below.
    • n servant A professed lover. The correlative term mistress is still in use.
    • servant To subject; subordinate.
    • servant To furnish with one or more servants.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Servant sėr′vant one who is in the service of another: a labourer: a domestic: one dedicated to God:
    • v.t Servant to subject
    • n Servant sėr′vant (B.) a slave: one of low condition or spirit: a professed lover: a word of mere civility, as in 'your humble' or 'obedient servant' in letters, petitions, &c
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  • Charles E. Popplestone
    Charles E. Popplestone
    “You brain shall be your servant instead of your master, You will rule it instead of allowing it to rule you.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.”
  • Nathaniel Emmons
    Nathaniel Emmons
    “Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.”
  • Ward Becker
    Ward Becker
    “Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them, who obeys them.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Every good servant does not all commands.”
  • Gerald F. Lieberman
    Gerald F. Lieberman
    “It is hard to say why politicians are called servants, unless it is because a good one is hard to find.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. servant, servaunt, F. servant, a & p. pr. of servir, to serve, L. servire,. See Serve, and cf. Sergeant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., pr.p. of servir, to serve—L. servīre, to serve.


In literature:

That apparition was Rochester's man servant.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
There were fifty maid-servants in the palace.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
The two men, evidently servants, led the way up an unused road, by which we reached the tower entrance.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
The leaders were to represent themselves as servants of the Prince of Orange.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
On the opening of the door by the servant, a man asks of him whether the hostess or "the ladies" are at home.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
The servants below stairs made comments, as servants will.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
When we went for walks he talked to the servant who, like himself, came from the country.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
I did not know you had been enough at Magnolia to get the servants' names.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
In God's stead he says, "Cursed be Canaan;" "a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
If her servants failed her she would be independent of them.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
The servant on receiving the order grinned in spite of the solemnity of the occasion.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Love makes us servants of men, and occupies the place of a servant.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
They had therefore been forced to look for but one strange servant.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Two servants stand beside him, with a falcon and a hound; for Yang Oerlang is a great hunter.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
There was no one else present but the two servants who waited on them, and hardly a word was spoken.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Ibarra stepped out and was followed by an old servant.
"Friars and Filipinos" by Jose Rizal
But now a servant came down from the house and told Phatik his mother wanted him.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
In the rapture of their newly-given lives master and servant fell laughing and weeping into each other's arms.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
A servant carried off the suits to the gentlemen's rooms.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden

In poetry:

The daylight lingered ere it came,
    And hardly with surprise
She heard the tale the servants brought,
    With terror in their eyes;
"Two Mornings" by Sarah Orne Jewett
God give both strength and grace to thee,
His servant, all thy life, to be,
'Till thou, triumphant, at its end,
Shalt, as Christ's heir, the skies ascend.
"Mr. Prichard's Advice To His Son Samuel" by Rees Prichard
Since thy young servant now hath given
Himself, his powers, his hopes, his youth,
To the great cause of truth and Heaven;
Be thou his guide, O God of truth!
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation I" by John Pierpont
We thank Thee, Lord, in Christ thy Son,
For all his servants, spared or given;
O, may we, when our work is done,
Shine with their light, and share their heaven.
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation II" by John Pierpont
And made him feel, tho' an exile here,
His father's God would be ever near--
The servant's cry would to heaven arise,
And blessings fall from the bending skies?
"The Clouds" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Be thou, O Lord! thy feeble servants friend,
That we may manfully the crown defend;
And give us strength, however weak and few,
Those pow'rful foes to conquer and subdue.
"The Soldier's Prayer" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Dale Pope remembered as 'a fine public servant'.
When public servants receive punishment, we expect to be told why.
Except, of course, when the servants are judges.
This community is mourning the loss of Matthew B Clark Jr, a longtime public servant who died on Friday at his home at the age of 85.
Her election-season aim, she said Wednesday, is to help elect other 'true public servants' to office – and she has shown she can.
Well Done, My Good And Faithful Servant.
'The Fiddler on Pantico Run' by Joe Mozingo follows a white man's investigation of his unusual last name and its connection to a 17th century black servant.
SALUTING A SERVANT Retiring alderwoman receives a fond farewell.
Your Domestic Robot Servant Has Finally Arrived (in a Fashion).
Surgeon, gentleman , community servant.
Batteries are the silent servants of unplugged camping, providing us with light, entertainment and other important functions.
Gloria was a faithful servant of Christ and a life-long member of the Christian Church.
Byron Barnes, 18, was charged with assault on a public servant.
But whether he resigns, is removed, or impeached , Rivera-Soto needs to serve as an example of what will happen when public servants believe they no longer have to do their job.
On a visit, I was often reminded to lower my voice 'lest the servants hear you.

In science:

The elements of X c must be chosen, in principle, to cancel ε poles associated with the servants generated by Ac .
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
Servant, “Cosmological expansion in the presence of extra dimensions,” Phys.
Holography and Brane-bulk Energy Exchange
Servant, “Cosmological expansion in the presence of extra dimensions,” Phys.
Brane World Cosmologies with Varying Speed of Light
Cline, Christophe Gro jean and Geraldine Servant.
Hubble Law and Brane Matter after Ekpyrosis
The boundary between QCD for its own sake, and QCD as a servant of new physics is an open one.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
In one of them a computer, the Servant, is sent with constant acceleration which examines all even numbers one case after the other.
Zeno meets modern science
The Servant moves with constant acceleration during infinite proper time.
Zeno meets modern science
At no point on his world line does the Master have a causal access to all events on the Servant’s world line.
Zeno meets modern science
In such a spacetime there is a point (the MalamentHogarth point) at Master’s world line such that entire infinite history of the Servant’s world line is contained in this point’s causal shadow.
Zeno meets modern science
From that event on the Master will be enlightened about validity of that particular number theoretic problem through the Servant’s infinite labors.
Zeno meets modern science
There is still another reason that can make a practical realization of bifurcated supertasks dubious : the Servant might have infinite time to accomplish its labors but not enough computation space. the argument goes as follows [59, 60].
Zeno meets modern science
The Servant computer from bifurcated supertask needs to consume energy from surrounding universe to perform its task.
Zeno meets modern science
To perform infinite number of computations with finite available energy the Servant should be able to continuously decrease its operating temperature to reduce the energy cost of computations.
Zeno meets modern science
But the Servant is not completely free to choose its temperature: the waste heat produced while performing computations must be radiated away to avoid overheating.
Zeno meets modern science
Therefore the Servant must increase its size as time goes by.
Zeno meets modern science