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net

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noun \ˈnet\

Definition of net

  1. 1a :  an open-meshed fabric twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervalsb :  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. 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. 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. 4a :  a group of communications stations operating under unified control Army radio netb :  network 4

  5. 5 or less commonly Net :  internet world news on the Net

netless

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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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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net

verb

Definition of net

netted

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netting

  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. 4a :  to hit (a ball) into the net for the loss of a point in a racket gameb :  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


First Known Use: 15th century


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net

adjective

Definition of net

  1. 1 :  free from all charges or deductions: such asa :  remaining after the deduction of all charges, outlay, or loss net earnings net worth — compare grossb :  excluding all tare net weight

  2. 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


First Known Use: 15th century


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net

verb

Definition of net

netted

;

netting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to receive by way of profit :  clearb :  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 English Language Learners

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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

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noun \ˈnet\

Definition of net for Students

  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 for Students

netted

;

netting

  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 for Students

  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 for Students

netted

;

netting

  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


Law Dictionary

net

adjective

Legal Definition of net

  1. :  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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