What is the difference between military and service?

What is the difference between military and service?
As nouns the difference between military and service is that military is armed forces while service is an event in which an entity takes the responsibility that something desirable happens on the behalf of another entity or service can be service tree. As a adjective military is characteristic of members of the armed forces. As a verb service is to serve.




(en adjective)

  • Characteristic of members of the armed forces.
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  • *:At her invitation he outlined for her the succeeding chapters with terse military accuracy?; and what she liked best and best understood was avoidance of that false modesty which condescends, turning technicality into pabulum.
  • (lb) Relating to armed forces such as the army, marines, navy and air force (often as distinguished from civilians or police forces).
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  • Relating to war.
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  • Relating to armies or ground forces.
  • Noun


  • Armed forces.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly)
    , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution
    , passage=The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west’s professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.}}

  • (US, with the) U.S. armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps.
  • See also

    * martial
    * abbreviation:
    * army/Army
    * navy/Navy
    * air force/Air Force
    * marines/Marines
    * Merchant Marine
    * US National Guard
    * Coast Guard







    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m) (French: (m)), from the verb (m) < (etyl) (m), from .


    (en noun)

  • 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.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt’s Patients
    , passage=Then he commenced to talk, really talk. and inside of two flaps of a herring’s fin he had me mesmerized, like Eben Holt’s boy at the town hall show. He talked about the ills of humanity, and the glories of health and Nature and service and land knows what all.}}

  • (economics) The practice of providing such a service as economic activity.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author=(Oliver Burkeman)
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=27, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly)
    , title= The tao of tech
    , passage=The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about […], or offering services that let you “stay up to date with what your friends are doing”,

  • (computing) A function that is provided by one program or machine for another.
  • The state of being subordinate to or employed by an individual or group
  • The military.
  • A set of dishes or utensils.
  • (sports) The act of initially starting, or serving, the ball in play in tennis, volleyball, and other games.
  • A religious rite or ritual.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp
    , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers’ desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys’ faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}

  • (legal) The serving, or delivery, of a summons or writ.
  • * 1668 July 3, , “Thomas Rue contra” Andrew Hou?toun” in ”The Deci?ions of the Lords of Council & Se??ion I (Edinburgh, 1683), page 548:
  • He Su?pends on the?e Rea?ons, that Thomas Rue” had granted a general Di?charge to ”Adam Mu?het”, who was his Conjunct, and ”correus debendi”, after the alleadged Service , which Di?charged ”Mu?het”, and con?equently ”Houstoun his Partner.
  • (Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, West Bank) A taxi shared among unrelated passengers, each of whom pays part of the fare; often, it has a fixed route between cities.
  • A musical composition for use in churches.
  • (obsolete) Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Pray, do my service to his majesty.
  • (nautical) The materials used for serving a rope, etc., such as spun yarn and small lines.
  • Usage notes

    In British English, the indefinite article “a” is often used with “good service”, as in “A good service is operating on all London Underground lines,” while this is not used in American English.


    * (action or work that is produced and consumed) good
    * capital

    Derived terms

    * accept service
    * advisory service
    * all-up service
    * answering service
    * bond service
    * church service
    * civil service
    * client service
    * community service
    * curb service
    * customer service
    * debt service
    * denial of service
    * denture service
    * dinner service
    * diplomatic service
    * disservice
    * divine service
    * ecological service
    * emergency service
    * escort service
    * extension service
    * eyeservice
    * fanservice
    * fee-for-service
    * food service
    * foreign service
    * full-service
    * health service
    * ill service
    * in service
    * lip service
    * memorial service
    * military service
    * multiservice
    * national service
    * online service
    * out of service
    * personal service
    * postal service
    * power service
    * prayer service
    * public service
    * quality of service
    * room service
    * secret service
    * Secret Service
    * selective service
    * self-service
    * service area
    * service book
    * service break
    * service bureau
    * service call
    * service cap
    * service ceiling
    * service center
    * service charge
    * service club
    * service contract
    * service court
    * service dog
    * service door
    * service elevator
    * service line
    * service loop
    * service mark
    * service module
    * service of process
    * service pipe
    * service plaza
    * service provider
    * service road
    * service station
    * service stripe
    * serviceman
    * servicewoman
    * shared service
    * silent service
    * silver service
    * social service
    * substituted service
    * table service
    * tea service
    * unservice
    * unserviced
    * web service
    * wire service
    * yeoman’s service



  • To serve.
  • They service the customer base.
  • To perform maintenance.
  • He is going to service the car.
  • (transitive, agriculture, euphemistic) To inseminate through sexual intercourse
  • (vulgar) To perform a sexual act.
  • He was going to service her.

    * Japanese:
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    Etymology 2


    (en noun)

  • service tree
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