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(n.) 1. A software program that provides a service to a client. Server and client communicate via network hardware and protocols. The server may be a daemon, which constantly awaits requests from clients. Many server types are used on the Internet, including domain name system (DNS), Network File System (NFS), FTP, and Network Information Service (NIS). 2. A networked computer that provides a service for other computers connected to it. One example is a file server with a local disk; this server accommodates requests from remote clients to read and write files on that disk.