server

noun
serv·​er | \ ˈsər-vər \

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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Publishers and studios issued takedown notices with enthusiasm; platforms like Tripod and Yahoo Groups would sweep entire fan communities from their servers at the behest of entertainment companies. Elizabeth Minkel, The Verge, "The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too," 8 Nov. 2018 Situated between Russia and the Baltic sea, tiny Estonia has been especially wary of its former occupier since 2007, when a massive cyber attack from Russian servers crippled Estonia's government, banks, and news organizations, according to the BBC. Avi Selk, Anchorage Daily News, "US ambassador to Estonia abruptly resigns over Trump's attacks on allies," 1 July 2018 Using the feature will disassociate browsing data that Facebook collects from your specific account but it won’t be erased from Facebook’s servers completely, Baser said. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook still hasn’t launched a big privacy feature that Mark Zuckerberg promised more than seven months ago," 17 Dec. 2018 Ours also came with a dollop of ignorance from the server. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 Situated between Russia and the Baltic sea, tiny Estonia has been especially wary of its former occupier since 2007, when a massive cyber attack from Russian servers crippled Estonia's government, banks, and news organizations, according to the BBC. Avi Selk, Anchorage Daily News, "US ambassador to Estonia abruptly resigns over Trump's attacks on allies," 1 July 2018 Situated between Russia and the Baltic sea, tiny Estonia has been especially wary of its former occupier since 2007, when a massive cyber attack from Russian servers crippled Estonia's government, banks, and news organizations, according to the BBC. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "‘Time to go’: U.S. ambassador to Estonia abruptly resigns over Trump’s attacks on allies," 30 June 2018 After Hartman and the co-worker left, the detective got the paper bag — and the paper napkin — from a server cleaning the lobby. Stacia Glenn, The Seattle Times, "DNA, used napkin lead police to suspect in Tacoma girl’s 1986 killing," 25 June 2018 The bar will offer table service where customers can place an order from a server from any of the downstairs food stalls. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Swallow’s Nest and St. Jac’s bars join Finn Hall," 25 June 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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