server

noun
serv·​er | \ ˈsər-vər How to pronounce server (audio) \

Definition of server

1 : one that serves food or drink
2 : the player who serves (as in tennis)
3 : something used in serving food or drink
4 : one that serves legal processes upon another
5 : the celebrant's assistant at mass
6 : a computer in a network that is used to provide services (such as access to files or shared peripherals or the routing of e-mail) to other computers in the network

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Synonyms for server

Synonyms

garçon, waiter, waitperson

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Examples of server in a Sentence

She asked our server for another glass of wine. we had barely finished ordering when the server brought our salads

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The rule would apply to any user’s data that goes through Russian servers, including messages to other people. SFChronicle.com, "Wells Fargo to pay $386 million; Russia cracks down on Tinder," 7 June 2019 One Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y., has 100 servers, 10 cooling towers, 400 graphics-processing cards and 150,000 feet of cables in service of a complicated artificial-intelligence system designed to assess the store in real time. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines," 7 June 2019 All were somehow connected to the restaurant industry: chefs, line cooks, servers, bartenders, a bouncer, a sommelier, a retired restaurateur. Amy Scattergood, latimes.com, "How the restaurant industry is tackling its substance abuse problem," 6 June 2019 All were somehow connected to the restaurant industry: chefs, line cooks, servers, bartenders, a bouncer, a sommelier, a retired restaurateur. Amy Scattergood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the restaurant industry is tackling its substance abuse problem," 6 June 2019 Full- and part-time positions needed are servers, line cooks, bartenders, tasting room attendants and hosts, according to a news release. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "New Cooper’s Hawk restaurant hiring nearly 160 workers at The Galleria," 6 June 2019 The server, built for Apple by a company called Super Micro Computer Inc., was infected with malicious software. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Companies Struggle to Protect Their Technology Supply Chains," 4 June 2019 The rule would apply to any user's data that goes through Russian servers, including messages to other people on the app. Nataliya Vasilyeva, chicagotribune.com, "Russia demands Tinder give user data - including messages - to secret services," 3 June 2019 On Android, Messenger uploaded call history and SMS data to Facebook’s servers, ostensibly to help Facebook’s algorithms make better friend recommendations, for example. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look?," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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server

noun

English Language Learners Definition of server

US : a person who brings your food and drinks at a restaurant : a waiter or waitress
: the main computer in a network which provides files and services that are used by the other computers
: the player who begins play in tennis, volleyball, etc., by serving the ball

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