Definition of server in English:

server

noun

  • 1A person or thing that serves.

    1. 1.1North American A waiter or waitress.
      • ‘Food servers appeared dressed in white uniforms for the formal occasion.’
      • ‘The menu was an all-Bulgarian affair, but the bilingual server was more than ready to assist.’
      • ‘Use gourmet coffee and tea and teach bartenders and servers how to brew them correctly.’
      • ‘The set up crew stayed behind to act as servers, which gave the host and hostess time to interact with their guests.’
      • ‘At the large tables, the servers plunked down, with rude haste, one bowl of rice in the middle of each table.’
      • ‘New servers and bartenders are certified in NRA's Bar Code program before they hit the floor.’
      • ‘In doing so, servers and bartenders should avoid words that make the order seem excessive.’
      • ‘I now work at a café as a food server to support my family.’
      • ‘The hostess ignored us at one point; the server didn't bring a spoon for my soup; wine, water, and bread were late.’
      • ‘I enjoy talking about food and wines with food servers and find it amusing to engage in heated debates.’
      • ‘Lee waved down the server behind the counter, who seemed to have been engulfed in conversation with one of the two men seated next to us.’
      • ‘If bartenders and servers are insufficiently trained, every aspect of the operation suffers.’
      • ‘Julia Stewart began her career in the food-service industry as a server at IHOP 32 years ago.’
      • ‘A bartender quits, a server walks, and the process starts all over again.’
      • ‘He watched as a line of servers carried silver trays stacked with food in the direction the men had gone.’
      • ‘I want to thank you the waiters, the servers everyone was so nice and kind.’
      • ‘This scenario is then revealed as a drug-induced hallucination when the food server asks Harry if he wants anything else.’
      • ‘Right after the server brings my food, I offer a taste to each person at the table.’
      • ‘At a restaurant, you are paying for an enjoyable experience with a pleasant server and good food.’
      • ‘The servers are presumably making more than a restaurant wage, yes?’
      waitress, stewardess, steward, attendant
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    2. 1.2Christian Church A person assisting the celebrant at the celebration of the Eucharist.
      • ‘Have you considered being a cup bearer, alter server, Eucharistic minister, and/or reader?’
      • ‘The altar servers were Ashling and Niamh Farrell and Nellie Casey.’
      • ‘He also thanked the choir, the reader, the collectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and all present.’
      sales assistant, shop assistant, retail assistant, salesperson, saleswoman, salesman, saleslady, salesgirl, checkout girl, checkout person, checkout operator
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  • 2A computer or computer program which manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.

    ‘the software runs on a variety of Unix servers’
    • ‘A server farm is a large collection of computer network servers.’
    • ‘Last year, the government blocked dozens of computer servers believed to be sending spam.’
    • ‘With a network server, computers can share a single telephone connection.’
    • ‘Dell sold eight million servers, laptops and desktop computers during the quarter.’
    • ‘Consequently, block storage networks only allow servers to access their own disk volumes.’
    • ‘Attacking both personal computers and network servers, the Nimda worm has already seriously affected one local business.’
    • ‘By the end of next year, the dual-core product line will be broadened to servers and laptop computers, he said.’
    • ‘If you're running a network, you can configure, monitor and maintain anti-virus programs using your network server.’
    • ‘When I go to the Macintosh, I can see the Linux server and access any file I want from it.’
    • ‘Access to reboot these servers remotely was not part of our job description.’
    • ‘It appears the issue lies with spam filtering software used by a number of internet service providers and web servers.’
    • ‘There are also problems associated with securing and managing large numbers of servers.’
    • ‘At the heart of your computer network sits a server.’
    • ‘Symantec plans to develop versions of the software for servers, workstations, laptops and handheld devices.’
    • ‘It is used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications.’
    • ‘Our solution bases itself on a cluster of identical Linux servers, providing various network services.’
    • ‘Sales of storage systems, laptops, servers, software and printers jumped as well.’
    • ‘Consera makes similar software for managing Windows servers.’
    • ‘Access to workstations, servers or network utility rooms should be reviewed.’
    • ‘Fiorina says segments such as Unix servers and computer-repair services are making money.’

Pronunciation

server

/ˈsəːvə/