verb (used with object), net·ted, net·ting.

Nearby words

  1. nestling,
  2. nestor,
  3. nestorian,
  4. nestorianism,
  5. nestorius,
  6. net asset value,
  7. net assets,
  8. net blotch,
  9. net book agreement,
  10. net domestic product

Origin of net

before 900; Middle English net (noun), netten (v.), Old English net(t) (noun); cognate with Dutch, Old Norse net, Gothic nati, German Netz

Related formsnet·ta·ble, adjectivenet·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for netlike

  • The netlike weave of ancestry is particularly well exemplified in some of these families because of much close intermarriage.

    Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer

British Dictionary definitions for netlike




an openwork fabric of string, rope, wire, etc; meshRelated adjective: retiary
a device made of net, used to protect or enclose things or to trap animals
  1. a thin light mesh fabric of cotton, nylon, or other fibre, used for curtains, dresses, etc
  2. (as modifier)net curtains
a plan, strategy, etc, intended to trap or ensnarethe murderer slipped through the police net
  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
the goal in soccer, hockey, etc
(often plural) cricket
  1. a pitch surrounded by netting, used for practice
  2. a practice session in a net
informal short for internet
another word for network (def. 2)

verb nets, netting or netted

(tr) to catch with or as if with a net; ensnare
(tr) to shelter or surround with a net
(intr) sport to score a goalRangers netted three times in seven minutes
to make a net out of (rope, string, etc)
(intr) to hit a shot into the net

Word Origin for net

Old English net; related to Gothic nati, Dutch net





remaining after all deductions, as for taxes, expenses, losses, etcnet profit Compare gross (def. 2)
(of weight) after deducting tare
ultimate; final; conclusive (esp in the phrase net result)


net income, profits, weight, etc

verb nets, netting or netted

(tr) to yield or earn as clear profit

Word Origin for net

C14: clean, neat, from French net neat 1; related to Dutch net, German nett



the internet domain name for

a company or organization
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Word Origin and History for netlike
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Culture definitions for netlike


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

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