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network

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noun net·work \ˈnet-ˌwərk\

Simple Definition of network

  • : a system of lines, wires, etc., that are connected to each other

  • : a system of computers and other devices (such as printers) that are connected to each other

  • : a group of people or organizations that are closely connected and that work with each other

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of network

  1. 1 :  a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings

  2. 2 :  a system of lines or channels resembling a network

  3. 3 a :  an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system <a network of hotels> b :  a system of computers, peripherals, terminals, and databases connected by communications lines

  4. 4 a :  a group of radio or television stations linked by wire or radio relay b :  a radio or television company that produces programs for broadcast over such a network

  5. 5 :  a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons (as friends or professional colleagues)

Examples of network in a sentence

  1. He hooked up his computer to the network.

  2. The show is getting good ratings for the network.



1535

First Known Use of network

1535

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network

verb net·work

Simple Definition of network

  • : to connect (computers) in a way that allows information and equipment to be shared

  • : to talk with people whose jobs are similar to yours especially for business opportunities or advice

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of network

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover with or as if with a network <a continent … so networked with navigable rivers and canals — Lamp>

  3. 2 chiefly British :  to distribute for broadcast on a television network; also :  broadcast 3

  4. 3 :  to join (as computers) in a network

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to engage in networking

networker

play \-ˌwər-kər\ noun


NETWORK Defined for Kids

network

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noun net·work \ˈnet-ˌwərk\

Definition of network for Students

  1. 1 :  an arrangement of things forming a pattern with spaces between <a network of roads>

  2. 2 :  a system of computers connected by communications lines

  3. 3 :  a group of connected radio or television stations




Medical Dictionary

network

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noun net·work \ˈnet-ˌwərk\

Medical Definition of network

  1. 1:  a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings

  2. 2:  a system of lines or channels resembling a network <a network of veins>





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