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 email) to other computers in the network

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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
Recent Examples on the Web It is roasted and topped with breadcrumbs before hitting your table, where your server finishes it off with lobster sauce. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "The 10 best dishes at Houston's newest restaurants," 7 Jan. 2021 Their server and the manager followed them outside and stood in front of the vehicle to prevent them from leaving, while calling police. cleveland, "Unknown Denny’s customers dine, dash and crash into employee: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 30 Dec. 2020 Wahlberg shared photos of the tip and a note Selleck left for his server. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Actor Tom Selleck leaves $2,020 tip at New York restaurant," 26 Dec. 2020 The problem affects a large share of OUCH clients, the exchange operator said in a statement, referring to a service that provides clients with their own dedicated port server in the Nasdaq Data Center. Ksenia Galouchko,, "Nasdaq Looks at Connectivity Issue Affecting Some Customers," 21 Dec. 2020 Amy had been gifted her great-grandmother’s silver cake server to use for their first slice. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Vintage Suit for Her Switzerland Elopement," 18 Dec. 2020 The spin cycle of yore having accelerated to a centrifuge’s speed, viewers had perhaps already forgotten a similar event with Hillary Clinton, in which Ms. Guthrie pressed the former secretary of state over her email server. Sridhar Pappu, New York Times, "Savannah Guthrie Is Feeling Lucky," 14 Nov. 2020 The filets — flounder, my server told me, and there are many — swim in a broth equal parts murky and beautiful. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Numb’s the word at Taste of Chengdu’s new Baldwin Park outpost," 12 Nov. 2020 Democrats have long said Trump's ascent in the final days of that campaign was boosted by an announcement by FBI Director James Comey that the agency was looking anew at emails related to her private computer server. Michael Scherer And Scott Clement Washington Post, Star Tribune, "For Democrats, Biden's lead fuels uncomfortable sense of deja vu," 18 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Server.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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