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


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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Amazon’s growing cloud business requires an ever-growing number of computer servers, Mr. Lantsman said. Kim S. Nash, WSJ, "Amazon, Alphabet and Walmart Were Top IT Spenders in 2018," 17 Jan. 2019 Global shipments of Huawei servers grew to 980,000 last year, a twelve-fold increase over 2012, according to Qiu. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s Huawei unveils chip for global big data market," 7 Jan. 2019 In Cheyenne, Wyo., cheap electricity and cool weather would seem ideal for bitcoin mining, the complex computations on warehouses of servers that make the cryptocurrency work in exchange for a share of its value. Mead Gruver, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wyoming tries to attract blockchain business," 23 May 2018 Instead of traffic flowing directly into and out of a site's web servers, it is first routed through an intermediary that scans everything coming in for potentially malicious packets. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Jigsaw's Going to Protect Campaigns From Online Attacks," 16 May 2018 Individual jets send logistical data back to their nation’s Central Point of Entry, which then passes it on to Lockheed's central server hub in Fort Worth, Texas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The F-35's Greatest Vulnerability Isn't Enemy Weapons. It's Being Hacked.," 14 Nov. 2018 The server jobs will start at $12.68 per hour, while cooks will make a minimum of $13.31 per hour, according to the filings posted Thursday on the Labor Department’s website. Skyler Swisher,, "Trump’s Mar-a-Lago wants to hire dozens of foreign workers," 6 July 2018 Dell has increased its share of both the PC and the server markets. New York Times, "Dell to Return to Public Markets With Tracking Stock," 2 July 2018 The businesses inside include a robotics company and a computer server outfit, King said. Travis Andersen And John Hilliard,, "Financial District building evacuated after hazmat situation; 3 firefighters are hospitalized," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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