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 Now, imagine a computer network where files are passed back and forth to and from a server or among different workstations. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 Apr. 2022 On a recent overcast morning, laughs emanated from the pickleball courts at Mount Airy’s Prospect Park as new players shook their heads in bafflement, trying to understand the sport’s lingo, from kitchen sink to second server. Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun, 25 Apr. 2022 Instead, the footage is uploaded to a server, and when a crime occurs, investigators check whether suspects were caught on camera. Libor Janystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 An averted crisis came just before the 2016 presidential election, when Baquet declined to publish allegations regarding communications between a server for the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest private bank. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 That DDoS attack sent millions of bytes of traffic to a single server to cause the system to shut down. Chuck Brooks, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 One woman, who was a server at TAO Downtown, alleged that Gooding pinched her buttocks at the nightclub in 2018. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 13 Apr. 2022 Prosecutors added other charges after two other women came forward and accused him of abuse, including a server at TAO Downtown and another woman at the nightclub LAVO. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2022 Sellers started organizing on Reddit, created a Discord server and website to help one another collaborate, and Cassidy published a petition in support of the campaign that had over 45,000 signatures as of Monday. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for server

Middle English server, servere, from serven "to serve entry 1" + -er, -ere -er entry 2

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2 May 2022

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“Server.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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