networking

[net-wur-king]

noun

a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Working mothers in the community use networking to help themselves manage successfully.
the design, establishment, or utilization of a computer network.

adjective

of or relating to a network or networking: networking software, a networking system.

Nearby words

  1. nettled,
  2. nettlefish,
  3. nettlesome,
  4. netty,
  5. neturei karta,
  6. network analysis,
  7. network computer,
  8. network marketing,
  9. networker,
  10. networking

Origin of networking

First recorded in 1935–40; network + -ing1

network

[net-wurk]

noun

any netlike combination of filaments, lines, veins, passages, or the like: a network of arteries; a network of sewers under the city.
Radio and Television.
  1. a group of transmitting stations linked by wire or microwave relay so that the same program can be broadcast or telecast by all.
  2. a company or organization that provides programs to be broadcast over these stations: She was hired by the network as program coordinator.
Telecommunications, Computers. a system containing any combination of computers, computer terminals, printers, audio or visual display devices, or telephones interconnected by telecommunication equipment or cables: used to transmit or receive information.
an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to provide mutual assistance, helpful information, or the like: a network of recent college graduates.
a system of interrelated buildings, offices, stations, etc., especially over a large area or throughout a country, territory, region, etc.: a network of supply depots.
Electricity. an arrangement of conducting elements, as resistors, capacitors, or inductors, connected by conducting wire.
a netting or net.

verb (used without object)

to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position: His business lunches were taken up with networking.

verb (used with object)

to place (as a program from a local radio or television station) in or on a network: The station will try to network the local cooking show.
to connect to a network.
to distribute widely: We charge a small fee for networking your résumé.
to cover with or as if with a network: to network a bay with buoy markers.
to organize into a network: to network the state's independent stations.
to broadcast (a program) over a radio or television network.

Origin of network

1550–60; 1910–15 for def 2; net1 + work

Related formsnet·work·er, nounnon·net·work, adjectivesub·net·work, nounsu·per·net·work, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for networking

networking

noun

computing the interconnection of two or more networks in different places, as in working at home with a link to a central computer in an office
forming business connections and contacts through informal social meetings

adjective

of or for networkingnetworking systems

network

noun

an interconnected group or systema network of shops
Also: net a system of intersecting lines, roads, veins, etc
another name for net 1 (def. 1), netting
radio television a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programme simultaneously
electronics a system of interconnected components or circuits
computing a system of interconnected computer systems, terminals, and other equipment allowing information to be exchanged

verb

(tr) radio television to broadcast on stations throughout the countrythe Scotland–England match was networked
computing (of computers, terminals, etc) to connect or be connected
(intr) to form business contacts through informal social meetings
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Word Origin and History for networking
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for networking

network

[nĕtwûrk′]

n.

A fabric or structure in which cords, threads, or wires cross at regular intervals.
A body structure resembling such a fabric or structure.

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Science definitions for networking

network

[nĕtwûrk′]

A system of computers and peripherals, such as printers, that are linked together. A network can consist of as few as two computers connected with cables or millions of computers that are spread over a large geographical area and are connected by telephone lines, fiberoptic cables, or radio waves. The Internet is an example of very large network. See more at LAN WAN.
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Culture definitions for networking

network

A system of computers that are joined together so that they can communicate by exchanging information and sharing resources. (See Internet and lan.)

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