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

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Other Words from network

Verb

networker \ ˈnet-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce network (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for network

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Fox News Channel, another network popular with Trump supporters, is not being sued and Coomer actually uses Fox's Tucker Carlson to buttress his case. David Bauder, ajc, "Dominion worker sues Trump campaign and conservative media," 5 Jan. 2021 More than a decade ago, Zuckerman co-founded Global Voices, a network that allows people across underserved parts of the world to engage in civic journalism. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 Another 175 or so are fostered by a network of volunteers. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "She adopted a kitten, wrote an essay and won $50K for a Ferndale shelter," 5 Jan. 2021 Barely a year ago few people outside of a small network of scientists and companies had heard of mRNA vaccines. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, "New COVID Vaccines Need Absurd Amounts of Material and Labor," 4 Jan. 2021 In New York City, a network of residents has worked with an activist group, In Our Hearts, to run at least 14 fridges that are plugged into local bodegas, restaurants or homes. Washington Post, "Tired of waiting on the government, hungry Americans turn to each other for help," 31 Dec. 2020 Territory offers an ever-rotating menu of 30+ meals per week that are prepared by Territory’s multi-local network of professional chefs that can be personalized according to appetite, lifestyle and taste. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "6 Healthy Meal Prep Programs To Try In 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Just before the Korean War began in 1950, Mr. Blake was sent to Seoul, South Korea’s capital, under diplomatic cover to organize another spy network. New York Times, "George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98," 26 Dec. 2020 Fox News Channel, another network popular with Trump supporters, is not being sued and Coomer actually uses Fox’s Tucker Carlson to buttress his case. David Bauder, Anchorage Daily News, "Dominion worker sues Trump campaign and conservative media," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In February 2017, Merisier used his savings to buy filmmaking equipment and began to network with like-minded individuals and visual artists in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Hollywood and other states. Nile Fortner, sun-sentinel.com, "Filmmaker Roosevelt Merisier pursues his passion to tell community stories," 8 Dec. 2020 Capitalize on the goodwill of others and enthusiastically network to ensure social and business success. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 5, 2020: Happy birthday Sam Rockwell; Pisces, don’t listen to complainers," 5 Nov. 2020 That was obviously out of the question in 2020, so the only real party was a pre-summit VIP cocktail reception, held on Shindig — kind of like Zoom, but with the option of breaking off into small groups to network and catch up. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, "How Washington’s power brokers are adapting to the New Normal — and that includes how they party and raise money," 9 Nov. 2020 Doug Larison: Those different investigators don't necessarily network with one other. Jamie Yuccas, CBS News, "Young murder victim helps solve her own cold case nearly 40 years later," 7 Nov. 2020 Facebook started, as everyone knows, as a way for college kids to network with each other. Steven Levy, Wired, "Social Media’s Dance With Donald Trump Is Getting Clumsier," 6 Nov. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has largely ruled out in-person networking but there are many ways to network virtually. NBC News, "Tips for starting a business from female military veterans," 3 Nov. 2020 LinkedIn was founded in 2003 as a place to network and post résumés — essentially, a directory of white-collar professionals. Ashanti M. Martin, New York Times, "Black LinkedIn Is Thriving. Does LinkedIn Have a Problem With That?," 8 Oct. 2020 Allman agents regularly network with each other to identify those hard-to-find properties their clients are seeking. Dallas News, "This fall is the time to buy, firm says," 20 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/network. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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network

noun
How to pronounce network (audio)

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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