pub'lic serv'ice

1. the business of supplying an essential commodity, as gas or electricity, or a service, as transportation, to the general public.
2. government employment; civil service.
3. a service to the public rendered without charge by a profit-making organization: This radio program has been brought to you as a public service.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

public servantpublic-service corporation
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