net

noun (1)
\ ˈnet How to pronounce net (audio) \

Definition of net

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : 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 barricade entry 2 sense 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 sense 2a) 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
4a : a group of communications stations operating under unified control Army radio net
5 or less commonly Net : internet world news on the Net

net

verb (1)
netted; netting

Definition of net (Entry 2 of 5)

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
4a : 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

adjective

Definition of net (Entry 3 of 5)

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

net

verb (2)
netted; netting

Definition of net (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to receive by way of profit : clear
b : to produce by way of profit : yield
2 : to get possession of : gain

net

noun (2)

Definition of net (Entry 5 of 5)

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
3 : essence, gist

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Other Words from net

Noun (1)

netless \ ˈnet-​ləs How to pronounce netless (audio) \ adjective
netlike \ ˈnet-​ˌlīk How to pronounce netlike (audio) \ adjective
netty \ ˈne-​tē How to pronounce netty (audio) \ adjective

Verb (1)

netter noun

Examples of net in a Sentence

Adjective

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

First Known Use of net

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

circa 1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for net

Noun (1) and Verb (1)

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

Adjective

Middle English, clean, pure, from Anglo-French — more at neat entry 1

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Time Traveler for net

The first known use of net was before the 12th century

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net

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of net

used to describe the weight of something without its packaging or container
: after everything is completed

net

noun
\ ˈnet How to pronounce net (audio) \

Kids Definition of net

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 sense 1 a net of passageways
7 : something that traps and is difficult to escape from They were caught in a net of lies.

net

verb
netted; netting

Kids Definition of net (Entry 2 of 4)

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

net

adjective

Kids Definition of net (Entry 3 of 4)

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

net

verb
netted; netting

Kids Definition of net (Entry 4 of 4)

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

net

noun
\ ˈnet How to pronounce net (audio) \

Medical Definition of net

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

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net

adjective

Legal Definition of net

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

History and Etymology for net

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

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