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

From 2014-18, those same conferences — which also rake in billions from media rights deals, conference networks and postseason football — earned 55.3 percent of units. Larry Fenn, The Seattle Times, "Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts," 27 Mar. 2019 The fallout was massive, leading to the network’s decision to drop her from their shows and movies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Hallmark Announces 'When Calls the Heart' Is on 'Hiatus' in Wake of Lori Loughlin Scandal," 18 Mar. 2019 And for those with a TV, the network Pop airs reruns during the week. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch and Stream ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ Online," 15 Mar. 2019 The founder of Bold, a startup digital news network, attended 17 public schools as a child as the family frequently moved. WSJ, "Secrets of Wealthy Women: How Carrie Sheffield Changed Her View of Money," 22 Mar. 2019 Wendy and Al, although on different networks, have supported each other throughout the years. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Al Roker Sends Words of Encouragement to Wendy Williams as She Recovers From Addiction," 20 Mar. 2019 The team also analyzed each airline's cancellation statistics, route network, ticket value, fees, customer satisfaction, and the quality of the frequent flyer program. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "These Are the Top 10 Airlines in the World," 20 Mar. 2019 The two are each other's professional support network, reading scripts together and occasionally working together on various TV and film projects. Maria Carter, Woman's Day, "The Unconventional Path That Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy Took to Wedded Bliss," 12 Mar. 2019 During all these troubles onboard the bridge, the engineering room experiences an almost wholly separate threat from the mycelial network, the fungus that powers the Discovery's unique method of transportation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Regional meet-up groups, where investors network and share advice, have also sprouted. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "‘I Can Be the Bank’: Individual Investors Buy Busted Mortgages," 20 Nov. 2018 Bumble, which has recently expanded to include people who want to network and create community, and find all different kinds of relationships and not exclusively romantic ones, has interesting features that other dating apps don’t. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Best Dating Apps for Queer and LGBTQ People," 24 Aug. 2018 An opportunity to network and meet people from different communities and backgrounds. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Local Latina Women Network, Learn Golf At Goodwin Park," 20 May 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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The first known use of network was in 1530

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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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