server

[sur-ver]

noun


Origin of server

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at serve, -er1
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server

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for server
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

server in Science

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.
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server in Culture

server

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

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