A server serves a client. A client ??? a server?

It can be stated as: A client "gets served from" a server, but this is in terms of the server. What would it be in terms of the client's action and not that of the server's?

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    be served....
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:12
  • That's still in terms of the server. Is there something like cliented?
    – Capstone
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:13
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    No, I don't think so. A client sends requests to a server and receives responses from that server. I know of no single word for that.
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:15
  • are you speaking technically like a web browser or software on a computer that interacts with data on a server?
    – Tom22
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 21:31
  • Not necessarily... I mean a customer gets served by a server at a restaurant.
    – Capstone
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 6:45

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If we're talking IT, the clients send requests to the server in most architectures. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Client%E2%80%93server_model

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    A server provides resources, which the client consumes.
    – John Feltz
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:09
  • Ok, so a client sends requests to a server, but that is not in terms of the client. Just as we can say: a server serves, can we say: A client clients?
    – Capstone
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:15
  • "Client" is not a verb, it's a noun or adjective.
    – John Feltz
    Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:17
  • Wudang gave you the answer, it's: REQUEST Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 15:27
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    @JohnFeltz, I think you should add "consume" as an answer. Commented Jan 10, 2017 at 16:45

I agree that request is more idiomatic in a client/server model. However, another suggestion is query.

: to ask questions of especially with a desire for authoritative information

This is used in computer jargon for client/server interactions, especially databases (SQL, one of the most common database languages, stands for Structured Query Language).


I was about to suggest 'consume' but alwayslearning got there first.

Particularly if the diner in the restaurant is still on board, computers and customers both 'use' or 'control' their servers or 'consume' the services provided

'Request' is a step removed. Computer or customer both 'make requests of' a server or 'request the server for' something. Can either ever simply 'request' the server.

Similarly, 'order/direct/instruct.'

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