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Server

Quick Definition

A server is a program that listens for input from one or more clients and then provides a reply of some sort. Note that servers can be draining on computers, so "server" is also jargon for a computer that runs the server's program. In this sense, more servers means there are more computers running the server program.

In MMOs, the server manages the game itself while the clients just provide the player with a window into the game's world.

Another example would be websites like this one; your browser is a type of client, and it asked my server for a copy of the page it's now showing you.