[syn: server, host]
4. utensil used in serving food or drink;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Server \Serv"er\, n.
1. One who serves.
2. A tray for dishes; a salver. --Randolph.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person whose occupation is to serve at table (as in a
restaurant) [syn: waiter, server]
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: server, host]
4: utensil used in serving food or drink
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
A kind of daemon that performs a service for the requester and which
often runs on a computer other than the one on which the requestor/client
runs. A particularly common term on the Internet, which is rife with web
servers, name servers, domain servers, ?news servers?, finger servers, and
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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".
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