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net

noun \ ˈnet \

Definition of net

1 a :an open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals
b :something made of net: such as
(1) :a device for catching fish, birds, or insects
(2) :a fabric barricade (see 2barricade 1a) 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 (see goal 3a) in various games (such as soccer or hockey)
  • shot the puck into the net
2 :an entrapping device or situation
  • caught in the net of suspicious circumstances
  • cannot escape the net of circumstances in which he is caught
  • —W. P. Webb
3 :something resembling a net in reticulation (as of lines, fibers, or figures)
  • the net of global communication
  • … the systemic net of restrictions …
  • —John Edgar Wideman
4 a :a group of communications stations operating under unified control
  • Army radio net
b :network 4
5 or less commonly Net :internet
  • world news on the Net

netless

play \ˈnet-ləs\ adjective

netlike

play \ˈnet-ˌlīk\ adjective

netty

play \ˈne-tē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of net

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


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net

verb

Definition of net

netted; netting
transitive verb
1 :to cover or enclose with or as if with a net
2 :to catch in or as if in a net
3 :to cover with or as if with a network
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

netter

noun

Origin and Etymology of net

see 1net


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net

adjective

Definition of net

1 :free from all charges or deductions: such 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 :excluding all nonessential considerations :basic, final
  • the net result
  • net effect

Examples of net in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of net

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


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net

verb

Definition of net

netted; netting
transitive verb
1 a :to receive by way of profit :clear
b :to produce by way of profit :yield
2 :to get possession of :gain

First Known Use of net

1758


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net

noun

Definition of net

1 :a net amount, profit, weight, or price
2 :the score of a golfer in a handicap match after deducting his or her handicap from the gross score

First Known Use of net

circa 1904



NET Defined for English Language Learners

net

adjective

Definition of net for English Language Learners

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

  • : after everything is completed


NET Defined for Kids

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net

noun \ ˈnet \

Definition of net for Students

1 :a device made of strands that weave in and out with open spaces between and used to hold or catch something
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 :the object placed between players in some games (as tennis)
4 :the area that serves as the goal in some games (as soccer and hockey)
5 often capitalized :internet
6 :network 1
  • a net of passageways
7 :something that traps and is difficult to escape from
  • They were caught in a net of lies.

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net

verb

Definition of net for Students

netted; netting
1 :to cover with or as if with a net
2 :to catch in or as if in a net

3

net

adjective

Definition of net for Students

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

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net

verb

Definition of net for Students

netted; netting
:to gain or produce as profit :clear
  • Each sale nets ten cents.

Medical Dictionary

net

noun \ ˈnet \

medical Definition of net

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

Law Dictionary

net

adjective

legal Definition of net

:remaining after deduction of all charges, outlay, or loss
  • the net proceeds
— compare gross

Origin and Etymology of net

Anglo-French, clean, pure, from Latin nitidus bright, neat, from nitēre to shine



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