net

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noun

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


Origin of net

1
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

Synonyms for net

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Examples from the Web for netlike

Historical Examples of 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

net

1

noun

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
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
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

net

2

nett

adjective

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)

noun

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

net

3

the internet domain name for

a company or organization
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Word Origin and History for netlike

net

v.1

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

net

v.2

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

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").

net

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.

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Culture definitions for netlike

net

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

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