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 for servers
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  server
  servers
  
     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".
     See client-server.
  
     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
     server.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2003-12-29)
  

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