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 Downloading it from the servers would require another private key, also stored in New York. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "Yes, The US Government Spies on US Journalists," 23 May 2020 Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, 2019: The IT server of this facility in Tamil Nadu was the target of a malware attack in November that year. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "The Indian government’s tech initiatives keep failing privacy benchmarks," 13 May 2020 Employees who maintain servers and other jobs that have to be done in person will still have to come in, and everyone will still have the option to work at an office. TheWeek, "Twitter will allow remote work forever — and it probably won't be the last company to do so," 12 May 2020 And at the required low customer capacity, servers would not be making enough money in tips. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "For many Anchorage restaurants, the decision to reopen for dine-in service isn’t easy," 1 May 2020 The website also revealed that the server was owned by Fickle Fish Films. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Twilight" Fans Think Stephenie Meyer is Finally Going to Release "Midnight Sun"," 30 Apr. 2020 In a new preprint, posted on the server medRxiv today, researchers found similar mental health outcomes in 1379 health care workers working on the front lines in Italy. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, "Health care workers seek to flatten COVID-19’s ‘second curve’—their rising mental anguish," 22 Apr. 2020 And if your youngsters are super brave, help them ask the server or manager to change the policy. Allyson Shaw, National Geographic, "20 ways to save the Earth as a family," 10 Mar. 2020 But the servers are happy to explain. That’s just one way Nari challenges Eurocentric notions of haute cuisine. Jill Cowan, New York Times, "How a Homeless Couple Found Work Delivering Eviction Notices," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of server

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 May 2020

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“Server.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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