network

noun
net·work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \

Definition of network 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings … ribbons, lace and embroidery wrought together in a most curious piece of network —Joseph Addison

2 : a system of lines or channels resembling a network a telephone network a network of blood vessels

3a : an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system a network of hotels

b : a system of computers and peripherals that are able to communicate with each other

4a : 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 sold the show to a big network

5 : a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons (such as friends or professional colleagues) a support network available to single mothers a network of bird watchers

network

verb
networked; networking; networks

Definition of network (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a network a continent … so networked with navigable rivers and canalsLamp

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

3 : to join (things, such as computers) in a network

intransitive verb

: to engage in networking

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Other words from network

Verb

networker \ˈnet-ˌwər-kər \ noun

Examples of network in a Sentence

Noun

He hooked up his computer to the network. The show is getting good ratings for the network.

Verb

The computers are networked to one main server. She spent the day networking with other executives.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Other segments of California’s water-delivery network have suffered from sinking ground. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 Cable tycoon John Malone, who holds major stakes in Charter Communications and Discovery Inc., is also rumored to be looking to scoop up regional sports networks while wandering the grounds, according to the Wall Street Journal. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Billionaire summer camp begins in Sun Valley," 11 July 2018 At the Yankees insistence, Sunday’s game, once scheduled for 8 p.m., was switched to a 1 p.m. start by the sports network — much more palatable amid the Yankees’ travel plans. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Went to Extra Innings, but Still Knocked Off Early," 8 July 2018 In the case of slime molds, their cytoskeleton may form smart, complex networks able to process sensory information. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Two trailheads along Eaton Road allow access to the preserve's trail network, at 8757 Eaton Road and 8731 Eaton Road, in Davisburg. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 The 11-count indictment alleges that the Russian agents infiltrated the networks, stealing documents on field operations, opposition research and campaign analytics and implanting malicious computer code. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "State investigates Russian investor's ties to Maryland elections software," 13 July 2018 Council members voted to send to the City Council Finance Committee a proposal to lease some of the electric utility’s poles to expand the city’s fiber optic network, most notably to the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council wants more study of using ComEd poles to expand fiber optic network," 11 July 2018 Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 1.97 million viewers in prime time. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Brett Kavanaugh announcement lags behind Neil Gorsuch pick," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Learn how to network Attend a workshop to discuss effective networking strategies for beginners. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 20 June 2018 Other less-traditional perks include formal mentoring programs, various internal company networking and special-interest groups, and days when employees can bring their pets to work. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona's largest employers have more workers than ever before, offer new incentives," 22 Apr. 2018 My elementary school classroom in the mid-1970s was outfitted with an early computer networked called PLATO. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 That helps them network their way into being a more successful business. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Celebrate West Hartford Returns For 32nd Year," 9 June 2018 Gelman launched The Wing as an all-women’s co-working and networking hub back in late 2016, just a few weeks before the presidential election. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Last Night, The Wing Welcomed Hillary Clinton Into Their Coven," 4 Apr. 2018 An entire industry of books, conferences, and networking groups has blossomed to tell us that closing the gender gap is up to us, not them. USA TODAY, "Read an excerpt from Joanne Lipman's new book, 'That's What She Said'," 24 Jan. 2018 That was Stanislav, who got kicked out of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for trying to network a little too aggressively with the business and political leaders who spoke at the events. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 Throughout the day, participants were also able to visit and network with 20 different exhibitors, according to a news release from Harford County government. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Harford holds annual drug prevention and treament symposium," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of network

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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network

noun

English Language Learners Definition of network

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

network

verb

English Language Learners Definition of network (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

network

noun
net·work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of network

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

2 : a system of computers connected by communications lines

3 : a group of connected radio or television stations

network

noun
net·work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \

Medical Definition of network 

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

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

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