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


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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Strzok was a lead agent on both the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Abigail Simon, Time, "Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Is Testifying About the Russia Investigation and Those Trump Texts. Here's What to Know," 12 July 2018 The app also sends some location data to GMobi’s servers located in Singapore, Upstream said. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "App Traps: How Cheap Smartphones Siphon User Data in Developing Countries," 5 July 2018 Remember when everyone was upset that Hillary’s server was a security risk? Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "'Stuttering John' Prank Call to Trump May Be Funny, but the White House's Lax Communications Security Is Not," 29 June 2018 Some zeroed in on a claim about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s investigation into the Hillary Clinton’s email server., "Comey's Memoir Plays Differently in Fractured Media Landscape," 13 Apr. 2018 And then news broke that Facebook had been denied in its efforts to get access to Cambridge Analytica’s servers. Nicholas Thompson And Fred Vogelstein, WIRED, "A Hurricane Flattens Facebook," 20 Mar. 2018 The Rasmussen Reports poll found that 64 percent of likely U.S. voters said Clinton's receiving and sending classified emails through her personal server constituted a crime. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Ex-Navy sailor pardoned by Trump files suit against Obama, Comey for failure to prosecute Hillary Clinton," 10 July 2018 The move should mean that Maps in iOS 12 will have more accurate information and receive quicker updates, since Apple itself can feed content directly to its Maps servers. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Is Planning Big Changes to Maps in iOS 12," 10 July 2018 But our server offered it to us as a full-sized burger on brioche and asked the kitchen to halve it for us. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 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

: 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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