[ sur-ver ]
/ ˈsɜr vər /


Nearby words

  1. serve a purpose,
  2. serve one right,
  3. serve time,
  4. serve up,
  5. served,
  6. servery,
  7. servetian,
  8. servetus,
  9. servetus, michael,
  10. servia

Origin of server

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at serve, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for server

British Dictionary definitions for server


/ (ˈsɜːvə) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for server



late 14c., agent noun from serve (v.). Computer sense by 1992.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for server


[ sûrvər ]

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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for server


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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.