a bag or other contrivance of strong thread or cord worked into an open, meshed fabric, for catching fish, birds, or other animals:
a butterfly net.
a piece of meshed fabric designed to serve a specific purpose, as to divide a court in racket games or protect against insects:
a tennis net; a mosquito net.
anything serving to catch or ensnare:
a police net to trap the bank robber.
a lacelike fabric with a uniform mesh of cotton, silk, rayon, nylon, etc., often forming the foundation of any of various laces.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball that hits the net.
Often, nets. the goal in hockey or lacrosse.
any or reticulated system of filaments, lines, veins, or the like.
any containing computers and telecommunications equipment.
the Net, the Internet.
Mathematics. the abstraction, in topology, of a sequence; a map from a directed set to a given space.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Reticulum.
Informal. a radio or television .
verb (used with object), netted, netting.
to cover, screen, or enclose with a net or netting:
netting the bed to keep out mosquitoes.
to take with a net:
to net fish.
to set or use nets in (a river, stream, etc.), as for catching fish.
to catch or ensnare:
to net a dangerous criminal.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) to hit (the ball) into the net.
an openwork fabric of string, rope, wire, etc; mesh related adjective retiary
a device made of net, used to protect or enclose things or to trap animals
a plan, strategy, etc, intended to trap or ensnare: the murderer slipped through the police net
the goal in soccer, hockey, etc
(often pl) (cricket)
(informal) short for internet
another word for network (sense 2)
verb nets, netting, netted
(transitive) to catch with or as if with a net; ensnare
(transitive) to shelter or surround with a net
(intransitive) (sport) to score a goal: Rangers netted three times in seven minutes
to make a net out of (rope, string, etc)
(intransitive) to hit a shot into the net
remaining after all deductions, as for taxes, expenses, losses, etc: net profit Compare gross (sense 2)
(of weight) after deducting tare
ultimate; final; conclusive (esp in the phrase net result)
net income, profits, weight, etc
verb nets, netting, netted
(transitive) to yield or earn as clear profit
a company or organization
Old English net “netting, network, spider web, mesh used for capturing,” also figuratively, “moral or mental snare or trap,” from Proto-Germanic *natjan (cf. Old Saxon net, Old Norse, Dutch net, Swedish nät, Old High German nezzi, German Netz, Gothic nati “net”), originally “something knotted,” from PIE *ned- “to twist, knot” (cf. Sanskrit nahyati “binds, ties,” Latin nodus “knot,” Old Irish nascim “I bind, oblige”).
“remaining after deductions,” 1510s, from earlier sense of “trim, elegant, clean, neat” (c.1300), from Old French net “clean, pure,” from Latin nitere “to shine, look bright, glitter” (see neat). Meaning influenced by Italian netto “remaining after deductions.” As a noun, 1910.
“to capture in a net,” early 15c., from net (n.). Related: Netted; netting.
“to gain as a net sum,” 1758, from net (adj.). Related: Netted; netting.
What remains after all deductions have been made. (Compare gross.)
The Internet: Like many newcomers to the ”net,” which is what people call the global web that connects more than thirty thousand on-line networks (1990s+ Computers)
National Educational Television
in use among the Hebrews for fishing, hunting, and fowling. The fishing-net was probably constructed after the form of that used by the Egyptians (Isa. 19:8). There were three kinds of nets. (1.) The drag-net or hauling-net (Gr. sagene), of great size, and requiring many men to work it. It was usually let down from the fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat, as circumstances might require (Matt. 13:47, 48). (2.) The hand-net or casting-net (Gr. amphiblestron), which was thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen (Matt. 4:18; Mark 1:16). It was called by the Latins funda. It was of circular form, “like the top of a tent.” (3.) The bag-net (Gr. diktyon), used for enclosing fish in deep water (Luke 5:4-9). The fowling-nets were (1) the trap, consisting of a net spread over a frame, and supported by a stick in such a way that it fell with the slightest touch (Amos 3:5, “gin;” Ps. 69:22; Job 18:9; Eccl. 9:12). (2) The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg (Job 18:10; Ps. 18:5; 116:3; 140:5). (3.) The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys (Jer. 5:26, 27). Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.
noun 1. . noun 1. a line defining a limit or edge of an excavation, cut stone, etc.
A program to down-load Excelan TCP/IP software. The host’s Ethernet address can be specified as netload -e aabbccddeeff where aabbccddeeff is a 12 hexadecimal digit number. (1994-12-14)
[net-man, -muh n] /ˈnɛtˌmæn, -mən/ noun, plural netmen [net-men, -muh n] /ˈnɛtˌmɛn, -mən/ (Show IPA) 1. a tennis player. 2. Tennis. the partner in a doubles game who stands near the in the forward part of the court.
- Net margin
noun See net revenue