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Serve the purpose of

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Serve the purpose of to answer adequately an end for which something else is designed
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Quotations

  • Albert Schweitzer
    Albert%20Schweitzer
    “The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. servir—L. servīre, to serve.

Usage

In literature:

Even in the capture of large game the spring pole often serves to good purpose.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The reason why iron is able to serve this unique purpose of conveying life-giving air to all parts of the body is because it rusts so readily.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
The speaker reads for the single purpose of securing material to serve his need in delivered remarks.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
The only purpose these things served, he thought, was to afford the servants an opportunity of exercise.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
Such works of art were for instruction rather than beauty, though some also served well the purpose of decoration.
"The Book of Art for Young People" by Agnes Conway
A bandage of cotton or linen over the injured part will serve the purpose better.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
Perhaps even political intrigue serves a purpose in the game of the War Gods.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
The headings may be made to serve the purpose of questions.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
In many, perhaps in most cases, the markings serve for the purpose of concealment.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Two little sticks or twigs, placed crosswise and held to their place by a rock or stone, serve the same purpose in case of emergency.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Usually it served its purpose well, but for the welfare of the House this year it was utterly disastrous.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
It serves its purpose; the mass of readers like it.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The bit of white-wax was tasteless; but it served its purpose.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
So far as I can make out, after laborious visits to all the chief zoos of the nation, no other imaginable purpose is served by their existence.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
But not one of these subjects taken by itself will serve the purpose of an introductory course.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Every part and organ of our bodies has its purpose which serves the well-being of the whole.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Because he is a very adaptable sort of individual this type can reconcile himself to the other kind whenever it serves his purpose.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Or (what comes to the same thing) any sort of God will serve the purpose.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
How often has it served the purpose of stripping the socialist naked and exposing him to a terrible humiliation!
"Violence and the Labor Movement" by Robert Hunter
But it is a possible way of regarding the analytic components of a proposition, legitimate enough if it serves any purpose.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
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In poetry:

Thou carest not for such as we:
Our millions die to serve the still
And secret purpose of thy will.
They perish—what is that to thee?
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
Still fair to see and good to smell
As in the quaintness of its prime,
A dainty thing's the Villanelle,
It serves its purpose passing well.
" A Dainty Thing's The Villanelle" by William Ernest Henley
It seems a temple of the living "One",
Though tomb to hide the dust of Jehan's queen.
It serves each purpose well--her course was run,
Returned to God, love must the dust ensheen.
"The Taj Of Agra" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Then, hastening homeward, let me pray
You'll linger in Southampton Bay,
And thence a current trace,
Which first at Winchester is made
To serve the purposes of trade,
To many a neighbouring place.
"Enigma XLIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
If aught on earth my soul can fire,
'Tis the deception of a liar
Who with soft smoothness of the tongue,
Has promises and pledges strung
To suit all needs that come to hand,
To serve the purpose Satan planned.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite
O withered body, Nature gave
For purposes of death and birth,
That never knew, and could but crave
Those things perhaps that make life worth,—
Rest now, alas! within the grave,
Sad shell that served no end on Earth.
"A Maid Who Died Old" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

PREAMBLE The purpose of the Code of Ethics of the American College of Healthcare Executives is to serve as a standard of conduct for members.
But new research reveals that the sweet scent of flowers may serve a sneakier purpose: co-opting humans into propagating and protecting them.
"Many of the distribution businesses we have identified in our investigations," Rockefeller and Cummings wrote, "appear to serve little purpose other than facilitating transactions during which gray market entities apply large markups.
But those services also serve purposes beyond pampering, though, said Jenny Kingren, owner of the pet parlor.
Our purpose is served by the appearance of reconstructing .
In the head of even the most open-minded person there are still in-born beliefs of what purpose a picture book really serves.
Scientifically speaking, water is the basis of life, but beyond being essential to your very existence, water serves all sorts of purposes that help you feel your absolute best.
The purpose of Kiwanis is "Serving the Children of the World" READ.
Each of these amendments has served a purpose over the course of history.
What productive purpose is served by the constant name calling and nonsensical talk about states seceding from the union over the result of an election.
The offices such as president of a class serve no true purpose as far as how the school runs.
The purpose of this program is to allow students to excel in Science, Math and Technology serving students in the sixth through eighth grades.
The purpose of this manual is to serve as a guide for the operations of the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association.
Here are our favorite patios, each of which serves a very specific purpose for drinkers' needs, be they sucking face with a stranger or warding off the apocalypse.
The constant whining over the two sides being polarized misses the point - the two sides are busy serving their special interests, not the best interests of the country, so compromise doesn't serve their purposes.
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In science:

For instance, the “user-data” mechanism of the EC2 API could serve this purpose as well.
Batch-oriented software appliances
Therefore, our paper serves this purpose, providing a new tool in the study of random polytopes where results are obtained for the range n ≤ N ≤ e√n .
Estimating Support Functions of Random Polytopes via Orlicz Norms
Although the graphs are locally random, they model a range of possible real world structures, and so they serve our purpose in testing centrality measures.
Maximal-entropy random walk unifies centrality measures
Its value semantics are that of (\x → Box x); the wrapping in Box just serves the purpose of controlling the exact point of execution of dup by case-analyzing the Box.
dup -- Explicit un-sharing in Haskell
To circumvent some limitations of the LDA (essentially designed as a prototype of the ILD DAQ), a surrogate (called GigaDCC) is being developed: it should serve the dual purpose of being flexible for test beam operation and will provide experience for an large DAQ system for the ILC.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
Analysis of these data has clearly established that a scintillator-SiPM detector can serve the dual purpose of calorimetry and muon detection .
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
The generalized version of the Van Hove method serves the basic purpose of introducing conditions of microscopic non-differentiability without leaving the theoretical treatment and without entering the level of the numerical solution.
Fractional Calculus as a Macroscopic Manifestation of Randomness
If this document serves as an introduction to the field of twodimensional physics and its literature, it will have served its purpose.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
These are associated with inner and outer components of the conal beam, which in terms of explaining the morphology of pulsar average profiles serves the same purpose as the double cone of Rankin (1993).
Radio Pulsars
The SUT instances are used as “syntactic sugar ” and serve two purposes: (1) as communication partners for the port instances, and (2) to impose an ordering of the sequence of messages.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
How to achieve ˙Macc is still not at all clear, although the physical conditions for such high values of centrally condensed turbulent cores may serve the purpose (McKee & Tan 2003, but see Dobbs & Bonnell, this volume).
Stellar evolution before the ZAMS
Operational ly, φ2 would be expected to be more efficient than φ1, i.e. find solutions in less time, but declaratively the two operators serve the same purpose for the class of CSPs.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data
Determinations of the correlation coefficients with similar levels of sensitivity would serve the same purpose.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
Among neutral particles, neutrinos are unlikely to serve the purpose as their speeds are almost, if not exactly, the same as the speed of light.
Testing gravity at the Second post-Newtonian level through gravitational deflection of massive particles
Clearly, while non-MFV models are essential for enhancing ∆Γq /Γq, not all of them serve the purpose.
Possibility of large lifetime differences in neutral B meson systems
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