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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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 Preprint servers have spread throughout scientific fields and other fields, including clinical medicine. Theodora Bloom, STAT, "Preprints can fill a void in times of rapidly changing science," 31 Jan. 2020 One thing’s true at Golden Wok: the years have given the restaurant time to bring servers up to speed. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Golden Wok Chinese restaurant in San Antonio’s Medical Center going strong after almost 50 years," 30 Jan. 2020 According to the lawsuit, here is how the events unfolded: The problems started after Beckett learned that two African American servers working for Dunlap had dyed red hair. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan restaurant chain Anna's House accused of firing employees over race, religion," 30 Jan. 2020 Reports from the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment were a mixed bag: up 7 percent to $465 million, with higher Epyc server processor revenue, which climbed by double-digits sequentially. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD soars to record Q4 earnings on Ryzen, Epyc sales," 29 Jan. 2020 One server had the day off but came in anyway to help others. National Geographic, "What's the price for mistreating captive tigers?," 23 Jan. 2020 To help reduce the chances of another online shopping outage, Mr. McNamara in his first year supervised the migration of some IT systems from physical servers to the cloud. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Target CIO Helped Retailer Find Its Tech Groove," 22 Jan. 2020 This both protects my privacy and spares the server or hostess the difficulty of trying to figure out how to say my name. cleveland, "Dear Annie: I need help keeping my New Year’s resolutions," 8 Jan. 2020 The logical outcome is that the Chinese government would mandate that data be stored on servers in China and would block the transfer of data outside China except on its terms. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The internet is 50 years old. Will we survive the next 50 years?," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of server was in the 15th century

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7 Feb 2020

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“Server.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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