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Serve a turn

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Serve a turn to answer the purpose
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tyrnan; Ger. turnen; Fr. tourner; all from L. tornāre, to turn in a lathe—tornus, a turner's wheel—Gr. tornos.

Usage

In literature:

At last his choice settled upon a branch that he thought would serve his turn.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Keep them separate, turn them with a slice; and when of a fine brown, serve them up hot, with grated sugar over them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Abruptly fearful, alarmed at the hugeness of the room, he turned to look at the bottle he had placed to serve as a standard of size.
"The Pygmy Planet" by John Stewart Williamson
Boil in a mould one hour and a quarter, and then turn it out, and serve up with sauce.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
When ready to serve turn the charlotte on to a dish and garnish with a wreath of spun sugar or serve plain.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
Mr. West, who served for a few months, and he in turn was succeeded by Rev.
"A Virginia Village" by Charles A. Stewart
Sample's shop, patiently waiting until her turn should come to be served, when a hand was laid upon her shoulder.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
Whereupon he remarked that such an existence was a poor way of serving the Lord, and turned cynic.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It had served Nick a good turn, and showed the wisdom of one being always prepared for trouble.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
Serve in a sauce-boat, or turn around meat after placing on hot serving platter.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Sometimes a printer's error served our turn instead.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
Jerome took his ease on a wagon-body, also turned bottom side up, which had served its purposes as a table.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
The Lieutenant's heroism served as a peg from which those silver-tongued ones turned themselves loose and kicked.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
It is easily managed, and serves admirably as a tent or awning when you are camping with your canoe turned up for shelter.
"Harper's Round Table, August 20, 1895" by Various
At serving time turn into punch bowl with one quart of shaved ice or a big block of clear ice.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
It may be served hot or chilled and turned out, with a tablespoonful of whipped cream on top.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
But it happens that we know whom we have to deal with, and we are not going to serve as stirrups for a turn-coat official.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
I do not believe the old fox would have cared a straw if all our throats had been cut, so that we had served his turn.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
They turned at once, hoping that a bold front might serve.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
Now and then, to keep up her prestige, she has claimed the aid of a foreign power, only to throw it off when her turn was served.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
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In poetry:

They whiled away the time in talk,
While Batu served his kinsman, lest
He turn aside from honor and
Forget the reverence due a guest.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
For the rest, they take their chance,--
Some may pay a passing glance;
Others,-well, they served a turn,--
Wherefore written, would you learn?
"Programme" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In grounds, by art laid dry, the aqueous bane
That marred the wholesome herbs, is turned to use;
And drains, while drawing noxious moisture off,
Serve also to diffuse a due supply.
"British Georgics. November" by James Grahame
A delicate thing is our bird withal
And owns but a fickle appetite,
So that old and young take a keen delight
In serving it ever, day and night,
With the last gay heart now turned to gall.
"A Little Bird That Everybody Knows" by Frances Fuller Victor
I will not fight: though proud of pith
I hold no one worth striving with;
And should resentment burn my breast
I deem that silence serves me best:
So having not a word to say,
Contemptuous I turn away.
"I Will Not Fight" by Robert W Service
“Italian flower!” upstarting said the slave,
“The land that gave thee birth to me my being gave!
I'd have thee be a Queen magnificent!
Like bow, to serve thee, is my spirit bent!
To our own Italy we'll turn.”
"Captive Of Fez: Canto V: The Fire" by Thomas Aird

In news:

Police serve a notice to Julian Assange to turn himself in.
James D Hall, 70, of Neosho, who served the Newton County area as a patrolman with Troop D, turned himself in to the Newton County Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning.
Before creating Voxer, an app that turns your smartphone into a multimedia walkie talkie, Katis served in the US Army Special Forces.
Before creating Voxer, an app that turns your smartphone into a multimedia walkie talkie, Katis served in the US Army Special Forces.
Billy Graham, who has served as a spiritual advisor to for a half-century worth of presidents, turns 94 years old today.
Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration's invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now.
WASHINGTON — Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration's invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now.
WASHINGTON Nineteen states have turned down the Obama administration's invitation to run the new health insurance markets that will begin serving millions of uninsured Americans less than a year from now.
I have been a member of the Montana Army National Guard since 2008 and it is my turn to serve abroad.
After a career of serving his community and his country, it's now Sean Johnson's turn to be served.
Roger Goodell and other league executives make it seem like they are serving the fans as customers when it's all about public relations and turning a profit.
The third person was a gay man who pretended to be Kurek's boyfriend and served both as a guide and an excuse to turn down romantic interests.
When authorities served a warrant at the Spindletop Dog refuge north of Houston on July 17, they turned up nearly 300 dogs stacked in filthy crates, and countless questions.
Then settle in by swaying your shoulders, with the racket, a bit side to side - after all, turning, pivoting, and preparing the racket is always the first move once the serve is recognized.
Turn to lowest setting and warm a serving dish.
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In science:

Having defined the ambient space ba(O, Pκ ), we turn our attention to the definition of the set Dκ which will serve as a building block in the advertised enlargement of the set Mκ .
Utility Maximization with a Stochastic Clock and an Unbounded Random Endowment
Higher r results in users finishing their transactions faster, which in turn a llows the resources dedicated to these users to be released to serve other requests or transactions.
Trade-off between cost and goodput in wireless: Replacing transmitters with coding
Now, let us turn our attention to a discussion of the low-temperature magnetization process serving in evidence of the aforedescribed ground-state features.
Ferrimagnetic spin-1/2 chain of alternating Ising and Heisenberg spins in arbitrarily oriented magnetic field
Our cost structure can be thought of as being stateful; i.e. the cost of serving a request depends on whether the cache has exceeded its limits (upload and download) or not (cost is positive if the limit is exceeded, else zero) which, in turn, depends on the set of requests served by the cache till that point of time.
Bulk content delivery using co-operating end-nodes with upload/download limits
On the increasing part [T c i ], the deficit function wriggles up from −β to 0, and it cost the same to served the part by either buying power from the grid or using on-site generator (which incurs a turning-on cost).
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
It turns out that these circles containing points serve as a ‘building block’ for higher order Voronoi diagrams as we discuss in full detail in Section 3.2.
Limits of Voronoi Diagrams
In contrast, detecting a single pattern of interest will often serve as a first step before turning to the filtering of all possible patterns.
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This system of equations (2a) and (2b) is easily interpreted: The polarization field σje (z, t) serves as a source for the electric fields, whereas the propagating light in turn drives the atomic media via the dipole interaction terms ∝ gj .
Opacity of electromagnetically induced transparency for quantum fluctuations
However, it turns out that by using the harmonic map heat flow as a substitute for the linear Littlewood-Paley theory, one can obtain a (nonlinear, continuous) family of “LittlewoodPaley pro jection operators” which serve as an adequate replacement for the purposes of defining an energy spectral density.
Global regularity of wave maps VI. Abstract theory of minimal-energy blowup solutions
On the other hand, in the dynamical formalism Eq. (89) serves as a source term that drives the evolution of the CS scalar, which in turn sources corrections in the metric .
Chern-Simons Modified General Relativity
They recusses more on likely inputs; 2. the global risk attributes turn the predictions of their direct parent classifier nodes— more weight to classifiers that serve many inputs. essentially functioning as a placeholder for an exit out of the tree.
Cost-Sensitive Tree of Classifiers
This second question turns out to be the actual focus of the article, while the answer to the first question serves as a baseline.
Two Questions about Data-Oriented Parsing
For example, a transitive verb is standardly viewed as something which requires two noun phrases, its sub ject and ob ject, to fill its “thematic grid,” i.e., fill its argument requirements in order to produce a complete clause, which can in turn serve as an argument of a higher verb.
Proof Nets and the Complexity of Processing Center-Embedded Constructions
Turning now to the general scheme, we have to introduce also the separable representation for the three-body subamplitudes, which will then serve as a necessary input for the four-body calculation.
The $\eta$-3N problem with separable interactions
It turns out that this problem serves as a good model for the study of the original Orr–Sommerfeld problem (1)–(2).
Spectral portraits and the resolvent growth of a model problem associated with the Orr--Sommerfeld equation
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