network

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noun

net·​work ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio)
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: 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 networkJoseph Addison
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: a system of lines or channels resembling a network
a telephone network
a network of blood vessels
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

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verb

networked; networking; networks

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

intransitive verb

: to engage in networking
networker 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
It was primarily driven by an 11% growth in the Google GOOG -2.2% advertising (including Google search, YouTube ads, and Google network) segment, followed by higher income in Google Cloud and Google subscription, platform & devices categories. Trefis Team, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Navalny had a large political network and led massive street protests in Russia. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, almost half (48%) of respondents are using generative AI for network operations and management, 40% said network planning and design, and 32% said marketing content generation. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Frieze — which comprises three magazines and five international art fairs — is part of the IMG network, which is a subsidiary of Endeavor. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 Grants have gone to organizations such as Black Yield Institute in Cherry Hill, an urban farm and network tackling food inequalities, and Baltimore Compost Collective, which collects food scraps from homes for composting to grow fresh produce. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Prior to this expansion, the Super Cruise network had mapped around 400,000 miles of roads in the US and Canada. Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 The moment fell amid the show's sustained criticism of Carlson, who parted ways with his home network, Fox News, in April 2023. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 15 Feb. 2024 Park Charter Fund Santa Clara County voters approved the Park Charter Fund in 1972, which accelerated the acquisition of new lands and expanded the network of regional parks and trails. Lisa Thorn, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024
Verb
This can involve establishing a strong online presence through social media, a professional website, and networking within your industry. Melissa Houston, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 According to a report from business networking platform Alignable, 31% of real estate firms struggled to pay rent for their office in January. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 This technology enables real-time discussions, debates, and networking in a more inclusive and interactive environment. Charlotte Observer, 12 Feb. 2024 Memberships will be available on a monthly or quarterly basis, and will include access to the club, networking events and courses including wine tasting and financial literacy classes. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 With a full gym, yoga studio, Pilates room, rooftop lounge, and an area for saunas and cold plunges, this members-only club is exactly the place to network with other health-minded city dwellers. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 22 Jan. 2024 According to Finney, the color blue activates the throat chakra and enhances communication skills to help with networking at fashion events and making valuable connections. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Feb. 2024 For him, the show will be a chance to network with both designers and homeowners. By Jackie Salo, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 The Guild holds numerous educational and networking events throughout the year, including the annual State of Music in Media Conference. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of network was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/network. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

network

1 of 2 noun
net·​work ˈnet-ˌwərk How to pronounce network (audio)
1
: a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross with even spacings
2
: a system of lines or channels resembling a network
3
: a group or system of related or connected parts
especially : a group of connected radio or television stations
4
: a system of computers connected by communications lines

network

2 of 2 verb
1
: to cover with or join into a network
2
: to join together in a network
networked the classroom's computers

Medical Definition

network

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