Server definition

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(law) One who serves a legal process, such as a summons or court order.
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Within a network, a computer that provides other computers access as to shared peripherals, programs, or databases.
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An altar server.
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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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A person who serves, as a waiter, a player who serves the ball, or an assistant to the celebrant at Mass.
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A thing used in serving, as a tray, cart, etc.
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The definition of a server is a person whose responsibility it is to provide assistance to another person, or a centralized computer system or program that holds data to which multiple users can connect.

A waiter at a restaurant who brings you your meal is an example of a server.

A central computer at your job that you and all of the other employees can log into and save files on is an example of a server.

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(sports) The player who serves, as in court games.
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One who serves food and drink.
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Something, such as a tray, that is used in serving food and drink.
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A file server.
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A computer that processes requests for HTML and other documents that are components of webpages.
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In a client/server network architecture, a machine designated as to serve the needs of client machines.A server can be a mainframe, minicomputer, or personal computer that operates in a time-sharing mode to provide for the needs of many clients for application and file storage, network administration, security, and other critical functions. See also architecture, client, client/server, and time-sharing.
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A computer program carrying out some task on behalf of a user, such as delivering a Web page or sending email messages. Computers on which these server applications are found are also called servers. Servers have often been the focus of computer security attacks. For example, on March 8, 2005, a security researcher announced in an advisory that Microsoft Corporation’s newest operating systems are vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. In particular, researcher Dejan Lavaja said that Windows Server 2003 and XP Service Pack 2 (with the Windows Firewall not on) could suffer from LAND attacks—remote DoS incidents created when a packet is sent to a computer on which the source host/port is the same as the destination host/port. Using reverse-engineering tools, this researcher discovered that just one LAND packet transmitted to a file server could result in “frozen” Windows Explorers on all the workstations connected to that server. In fact, warned Lavaja, because of this vulnerability the network could totally collapse. Soon thereafter, however, a spokesperson for the Microsoft Corporation said that although the vulnerability exists, the adverse impact of such an attack would result only in the computer’s running sluggishly for a brief period. Users were cautioned to filter traffic with the same IP source and destination address. Naraine, R. Old-School DoS Attack Can Penetrate XP SP2. [Online, March 8, 2005.] Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc. Website. http://www.eweek.com/article2/ 0,1759,1773958,00.asp.
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One who serves; a waitress or waiter.
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A tray for dishes; a salver.
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(computing) A program which provides services to other programs or users, either in the same computer or over a computer network.
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(computing) A computer dedicated to running such programs.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
server
Plural:
servers

Origin of server

  • serve +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary