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Definition: Houses of office
, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops
ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See Opulent
1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by
appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary
duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to
man; as, kind offices, pious offices.
I would I could do a good office between you.
2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by
authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or
authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal
3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God
himself; as, the office of a priest under the old
dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new.
Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13.
4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done,
by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to
perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent
They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.
Hesperus, whose office is to bring
Twilight upon the earth. --Milton.
In this experiment the several intervals of the
teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms.
5. The place where any kind of business or service for others
is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in
which public officers or workers in any organization
transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's
office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.
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6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose
place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the
7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics
discharge the duties attached to the service of a house,
as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.]
As for the offices, let them stand at distance.
8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the
Mass; any prescribed religious service.
This morning was read in the church, after the
office was done, the declaration setting forth the
late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn.
. Same as Inquisition
, n., 3.
Houses of office
. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.
(R. C. Ch.), an office recited in honor of
the Virgin Mary.
, an officer; one who has a specific office or
duty to perform.
(Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a
record, from the proper office. See Certified copies
(Law), the finding of an inquest of office.
See under Inquest
. See Officeholder
in the Vocabulary
. the hours of the day during which business is
transacted at an office.
. a person who is attempting to get elected to
an elected office, or to get an appointment to an
appointive public office.
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