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net

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noun \ˈnet\

Definition of net

  1. 1 a :  an open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals b :  something made of net: as (1) :  a device for catching fish, birds, or insects (2) :  a fabric barricade which divides a court in half (as in tennis or volleyball) and over which a ball or shuttlecock must be hit to be in play (3) :  the fabric that encloses the sides and back of the goal in various games (as soccer or hockey)

  2. 2 :  an entrapping device or situation <caught in the net of suspicious circumstances>

  3. 3 :  something resembling a net in reticulation (as of lines, fibers, or figures)

  4. 4 a :  a group of communications stations operating under unified control b :  network 4

  5. 5 often capitalized :  internet

net·less play \-ləs\ adjective
net·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
net·ty play \ˈne-tē\ adjective


Origin of net

Middle English nett, from Old English; akin to Old High German nezzi net


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with net


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net

verb

Definition of net

net·tednet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover or enclose with or as if with a net

  3. 2 :  to catch in or as if in a net

  4. 3 :  to cover with or as if with a network

  5. 4 a :  to hit (a ball) into the net for the loss of a point in a racket game b :  to hit (a ball or puck) into the goal for a score (as in hockey or soccer); also :  to score (a point or goal) by netting a ball or puck

net·ter noun


1593

First Known Use of net

1593


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net

adjective

Simple Definition of net

  • —used to describe the weight of something without its packaging or container

  • : after everything is completed

Full Definition of net

  1. 1 :  free from all charges or deductions: as a :  remaining after the deduction of all charges, outlay, or loss <net earnings> <net worth> — compare gross b :  excluding all tare <net weight>

  2. 2 :  excluding all nonessential considerations :  basic, final <the net result> <net effect>

Examples of net

  1. The net result of the new bridge will be fewer traffic jams.



Origin of net

Middle English, clean, pure, from Anglo-French — more at neat


First Known Use: 15th century


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net

verb

Definition of net

net·tednet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to receive by way of profit :  clear b :  to produce by way of profit :  yield

  3. 2 :  to get possession of :  gain



1758

First Known Use of net

1758


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net

noun

Definition of net

  1. 1 :  a net amount, profit, weight, or price

  2. 2 :  the score of a golfer in a handicap match after deducting his or her handicap from the gross score

  3. 3 :  essence, gist



Circa 1904

First Known Use of net

circa 1904



NET Defined for Kids

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net

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noun \ˈnet\

Definition of net

  1. 1 :  a device made of strands that weave in and out with open spaces between and used to hold or catch something

  2. 2 :  a fabric made of strands of thread, cord, rope, or wire that weave in and out with much open space <a net for catching fish>

  3. 3 :  the object placed between players in some games (as tennis)

  4. 4 :  the area that serves as the goal in some games (as soccer and hockey)

  5. 5 often cap :  internet

  6. 6 :  network 1 <a net of passageways>

  7. 7 :  something that traps and is difficult to escape from <They were caught in a net of lies.>




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net

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verb

Definition of net

net·tednet·ting

  1. 1 :  to cover with or as if with a net

  2. 2 :  to catch in or as if in a net




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net

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adjective

Definition of net

  1. :  remaining after all charges or expenses have been subtracted <We made a net profit of eight dollars.>




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net

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verb

Definition of net

net·tednet·ting

  1. :  to gain or produce as profit :  clear <Each sale nets ten cents.>




Medical Dictionary

net

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noun \ˈnet\

Medical Definition of net

  1. :  network <in the portal system, blood passes through two capillary nets—E. B. Steen & Ashley Montagu>





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