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net1

[net] /nɛt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
anything serving to catch or ensnare:
a police net to trap the bank robber.
4.
a lacelike fabric with a uniform mesh of cotton, silk, rayon, nylon, etc., often forming the foundation of any of various laces.
5.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball that hits the net.
6.
Often, nets. the goal in hockey or lacrosse.
7.
any network or reticulated system of filaments, lines, veins, or the like.
8.
any network containing computers and telecommunications equipment.
9.
the Net, the Internet.
10.
Mathematics. the abstraction, in topology, of a sequence; a map from a directed set to a given space.
11.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Reticulum.
12.
Informal. a radio or television network.
verb (used with object), netted, netting.
13.
to cover, screen, or enclose with a net or netting:
netting the bed to keep out mosquitoes.
14.
to take with a net:
to net fish.
15.
to set or use nets in (a river, stream, etc.), as for catching fish.
16.
to catch or ensnare:
to net a dangerous criminal.
17.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) to hit (the ball) into the net.
Origin of net1
900
before 900; Middle English net (noun), netten (v.), Old English net(t) (noun); cognate with Dutch, Old Norse net, Gothic nati, German Netz
Related forms
nettable, adjective
netlike, adjective
Synonyms
15. seize, capture, trap.

net2

[net] /nɛt/
adjective
1.
remaining after deductions, as for charges or expenses (opposed to gross):
net earnings.
2.
sold at a stated price with all parts and charges included and with all deductions having been made.
3.
final; totally conclusive:
After all that work, what was the net result?
4.
(of weight) after deduction of tare, tret, or both.
noun
5.
net income, profit, or the like.
verb (used with object), netted, netting.
6.
to gain or produce as clear profit.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; variant of neat1
Related forms
nettable, adjective

NET

1.
National Educational Television.
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net1

/nɛt/
noun
1.
an openwork fabric of string, rope, wire, etc; mesh related adjective retiary
2.
a device made of net, used to protect or enclose things or to trap animals
3.
  1. a thin light mesh fabric of cotton, nylon, or other fibre, used for curtains, dresses, etc
  2. (as modifier): net curtains
4.
a plan, strategy, etc, intended to trap or ensnare: the murderer slipped through the police net
5.
(sport)
  1. a strip of net that divides the playing area into two equal parts
  2. a shot that hits the net, whether or not it goes over
6.
the goal in soccer, hockey, etc
7.
(often pl) (cricket)
  1. a pitch surrounded by netting, used for practice
  2. a practice session in a net
8.
(informal) short for internet
9.
another word for network (sense 2)
verb nets, netting, netted
10.
(transitive) to catch with or as if with a net; ensnare
11.
(transitive) to shelter or surround with a net
12.
(intransitive) (sport) to score a goal: Rangers netted three times in seven minutes
13.
to make a net out of (rope, string, etc)
14.
(intransitive) to hit a shot into the net
Word Origin
Old English net; related to Gothic nati, Dutch net

net2

/nɛt/
adjective
1.
remaining after all deductions, as for taxes, expenses, losses, etc: net profit Compare gross (sense 2)
2.
(of weight) after deducting tare
3.
ultimate; final; conclusive (esp in the phrase net result)
noun
4.
net income, profits, weight, etc
verb nets, netting, netted
5.
(transitive) to yield or earn as clear profit
Word Origin
C14: clean, neat, from French netneat1; related to Dutch net, German nett

net3

abbreviation
1.
a company or organization
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Word Origin and History for net
n.

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").

adj.

"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.

v.1

"to capture in a net," early 15c., from net (n.). Related: Netted; netting.

v.2

"to gain as a net sum," 1758, from net (adj.). Related: Netted; netting.

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net in Culture

net definition


What remains after all deductions have been made. (Compare gross.)

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net

noun

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)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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