a person who serves.
a person who waits on tables; a waiter or waitress.
something that serves or is used in serving, as a salver.
a broad fork, spoon, or spatula for dishing out and serving individual portions of food, as vegetables, cake, or pie.
Ecclesiastical. an attendant on the priest at Mass, who arranges the altar, makes the responses, etc.
(in tennis, badminton, handball, etc.) the player who puts the ball or shuttlecock in play.
a computer that makes services, as access to data files, programs, and peripheral devices, available to workstations on a network.
Compare client (def 5), file server.
a person who serves
(mainly RC Church) a person who acts as acolyte or assists the priest at Mass
something that is used in serving food and drink
the player who serves in racket games
(computing) a computer or program that supplies data or resources to other machines on a network
A computer that manages centralized data storage or network communications resources. A server provides and organizes access to these resources for other computers linked to it.

server definition

Computer or software that performs administration or coordination functions within a network.

1. A program which provides some service to other (client) programs. The connection between client and server is normally by means of message passing, often over a network, and uses some protocol to encode the client’s requests and the server’s responses. The server may run continuously (as a daemon), waiting for requests to arrive or it may be invoked by some higher level daemon which controls a number of specific servers (inetd on Unix).
There are many servers associated with the Internet, such as those for HTTP, Network File System, Network Information Service (NIS), Domain Name System (DNS), FTP, news, finger, Network Time Protocol. On Unix, a long list can be found in /etc/services or in the NIS database “services”. See client-server.
2. A computer which provides some service for other computers connected to it via a network. The most common example is a file server which has a local disk and services requests from remote clients to read and write files on that disk, often using Sun’s Network File System (NFS) protocol or Novell Netware on PCs. Another common example is a web server.
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