network

noun
net·​work | \ ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio) \

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 How to pronounce networker (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for network

Synonyms: Noun

mesh, net, netting

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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

Now, officials are increasingly counting on an informal network of community groups, religious leaders and local medical practitioners. ... Betsy Mckay And Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "What Can Stop the Measles Outbreak? Officials Lean on an Unlikely Band of Locals," 5 May 2019 Built with an extensive network of hundreds of sensors, HouseZero will provide detailed information about the home’s environment, including minute temperatures fluctuations. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can a remodeled 1920s home revolutionize green building?," 3 Dec. 2018 The problem could reach major cities too, according to Doximity, a network for physicians and clinicians. Barbara Brody, Glamour, "The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—And It Might Impact Your Care," 14 Nov. 2018 During a recent episode of the reality show, start-up Spare pitched the Sharks on the company, a virtual ATM network for those with little-to-no access to banks. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Shark Tank' Star Mark Cuban Was Once so 'Broke' He Couldn't Open a Bank Account," 28 Apr. 2019 The first season broke network records for viewership. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Cloak & Dagger's Olivia Holt Says She Will Stop Acting After Season Two," 18 Apr. 2019 Now, Bumble wants to be nothing less than a purveyor of female empowerment worldwide, a social and professional network as much as a romantic one. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 Actress Nina Dobrev is back on network television after a stint on Degrassi: The Next Generation and six years on The CW's hit series The Vampire Diaries. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Nina Dobrev's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 9 Apr. 2019 The company currently employs 14 full-time employees with a network of about 30 contractors. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Carly Leahy, Co-Founder of Modern Fertility," 8 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More Andrew Adrian-Karlin, a 31-year-old technologist at a Chicago financial-services firm and member of Tepper’s M.B.A. class of 2019, attended an alumni-networking event on campus virtually last year, thanks to the TepperBot. Amber Burton, WSJ, "Does Your Online M.B.A. Program Feel Too Remote? There’s a Bot For That," 5 Dec. 2018 Many of the features in the Killer AX 1650 networking adapter aren’t necessarily new to people familiar with Killer Wi-Fi or networking chips. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 Wirecutter even recommended it as the best Wi-Fi mesh-networking kit thanks to its easy-to-use yet high-end router features. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Upgrade Your Networking Gear With This Netgear Orbi Sale," 5 Apr. 2019 Entrepreneurs can network over drinks and plan their night using an event app. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 10 July 2018 In recent quarters, Cisco has managed to offset sluggishness in its legacy networking gear with security services. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Cisco Growth Could Feel Pressure From Tariff, Challenges in Security Sector," 13 Feb. 2019 The event features a four-day program of conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Snap's Ben Schwerin & Geffen's Neil Jacobson to Deliver Joint Keynote at Midem 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 In Austin, Lime teamed up with Austin Music Foundation, a program to strengthen the local music industry through workshops, panels and networking events. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Scooter companies are trying to rehabilitate their reputations as cities crack down," 23 Aug. 2018 And earlier today, the newlyweds stepped out in New Delhi at an event for dating and networking app Bumble, which Chopra recently invested in, to help lead its expansion in her native country, looking as blissful and beautiful as ever. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Plays Up Her Post-Wedding Glow—and Bridal Henna—With This Makeup Trick," 5 Dec. 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 How to pronounce network (audio) \

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 How to pronounce network (audio) \

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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