AskDefine | Define server

Dictionary Definition



1 a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a restaurant) [syn: waiter]
2 (court games) the player who serves to start a point
3 (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network [syn: host]
4 utensil used in serving food or drink

User Contributed Dictionary



serve + -er



  1. One who serves.
  2. A tray for dishes; a salver.
  3. A computer or a program which provides services to other programs or users, either in the same computer or over a computer network.
  4. Preferred unisex term for a waitress or waiter.



one who serves
a tray for dishes
(computing) a computer or a program which provides services to other programs or users
preferred unisex term for a waitress or waiter

Extensive Definition

Server may refer to:
In computing:
  • Server (computing), a server application, operating system, computer, or appliance
    • Application server, a server dedicated to running certain software applications
    • Communications server, carrier-grade computing platform for communications networks
    • Database server, see file AB2
    • Proxy server, provides database IT server in services
    • Fax server, provides fax services for clients
    • File server, provides file services
    • Game server, a server that video game clients connect to in order to play online together
    • Standalone server, an emulator for client-server (web-based) programs
    • Web server, a server that HTTP clients connect to in order to send commands and receive responses along with data contents
    • Web Feed Server, a server that distributes, manages, and tracks internal and external RSS feeds in an enterprise
    • Client-server, a software architecture that separates "server" functions from "client" functions
    • The X Server, part of the X Window System
    • Peer-to-peer, a network of computers running as both clients and servers
    • Catalog server, a central search point for information across a distributed network
  • Food server, waiter or waitress
  • Altar server, an acolyte who assists the clergy during services
server in Afrikaans: Bediener
server in Arabic: خادم
server in Danish: Server (flertydig)
server in French: Serveur
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