One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that provides a service or commodity.
- 1.1North American A waiter or waitress.
waitress, stewardess, steward, attendantView synonyms
- ‘I want to thank you the waiters, the servers everyone was so nice and kind.’
- ‘He watched as a line of servers carried silver trays stacked with food in the direction the men had gone.’
- ‘A bartender quits, a server walks, and the process starts all over again.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Use gourmet coffee and tea and teach bartenders and servers how to brew them correctly.’
- ‘The menu was an all-Bulgarian affair, but the bilingual server was more than ready to assist.’
- ‘This scenario is then revealed as a drug-induced hallucination when the food server asks Harry if he wants anything else.’
- ‘The servers are presumably making more than a restaurant wage, yes?’
- ‘At a restaurant, you are paying for an enjoyable experience with a pleasant server and good food.’
- ‘If bartenders and servers are insufficiently trained, every aspect of the operation suffers.’
- ‘In doing so, servers and bartenders should avoid words that make the order seem excessive.’
- ‘At the large tables, the servers plunked down, with rude haste, one bowl of rice in the middle of each table.’
- ‘I now work at a café as a food server to support my family.’
- ‘Julia Stewart began her career in the food-service industry as a server at IHOP 32 years ago.’
- ‘Food servers appeared dressed in white uniforms for the formal occasion.’
- ‘New servers and bartenders are certified in NRA's Bar Code program before they hit the floor.’
- ‘Right after the server brings my food, I offer a taste to each person at the table.’
- ‘The set up crew stayed behind to act as servers, which gave the host and hostess time to interact with their guests.’
- 1.2Christian Church A person assisting the celebrant at the celebration of the Eucharist.
sales assistant, shop assistant, retail assistant, salesperson, saleswoman, salesman, saleslady, salesgirl, checkout girl, checkout person, checkout operatorView synonyms
- ‘Have you considered being a cup bearer, alter server, Eucharistic minister, and/or reader?’
- ‘He also thanked the choir, the reader, the collectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and all present.’
- ‘The altar servers were Ashling and Niamh Farrell and Nellie Casey.’
- 1.3 A sideboard or similar piece of furniture, on which food to be served is placed.
- 1.1North American A waiter or waitress.
2A computer or computer program which manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.
- ‘Fiorina says segments such as Unix servers and computer-repair services are making money.’
- ‘It appears the issue lies with spam filtering software used by a number of internet service providers and web servers.’
- ‘A server farm is a large collection of computer network servers.’
- ‘Dell sold eight million servers, laptops and desktop computers during the quarter.’
- ‘With a network server, computers can share a single telephone connection.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At the heart of your computer network sits a server.’
- ‘Access to reboot these servers remotely was not part of our job description.’
- ‘Access to workstations, servers or network utility rooms should be reviewed.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Last year, the government blocked dozens of computer servers believed to be sending spam.’
- ‘There are also problems associated with securing and managing large numbers of servers.’
- ‘It is used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications.’
- ‘Consera makes similar software for managing Windows servers.’
- ‘Sales of storage systems, laptops, servers, software and printers jumped as well.’
- ‘Our solution bases itself on a cluster of identical Linux servers, providing various network services.’
- ‘Symantec plans to develop versions of the software for servers, workstations, laptops and handheld devices.’
- ‘When I go to the Macintosh, I can see the Linux server and access any file I want from it.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.