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

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 On The Morning Show, Aniston plays morning news anchor Alex Levy and Witherspoon stars as her co-anchor Bradley Jackson, both of whom exposed a toxic workplace culture at their television network UBA in season 1, which premiered in November 2019. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Virgin Atlantic Airways will offer its first flights to Austin, expanding its U.S. network in a challenge to British Airways. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 When a client goes to a dealer outside of our network on their own, service managers are reluctant to work on their vehicle because of the modifications. Jaclyn Greenberg, Wired, 9 Jan. 2022 The company is using its own air fleet and logistics network to balance sample volume across two dozen Covid-19 testing labs and is sending some excess samples to external laboratories. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 That kind of cognitive dissonance should be embarrassing for Carlson, his network and all who lap up such nonsense. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Seeking a new source of income, Kono exploited his wide network of Japanese sources in Los Angeles to become a spy for the Axis nation, an FBI investigation concluded. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 Now, nearly a decade later, Chip and Jo have once again returned to cable with the launch of their own TV network, Magnolia. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 6 Jan. 2022 The company brought its growing network of assets, plants, warehouses, and innovations under a single modern ERP solution. Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sellers can network with each other and hear from experts in the community about how to get their business going, obtain a business license and market their products, among other topics. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Dec. 2021 And yet, back in September, Vandoorne wandered across the Atlantic and into the IndyCar paddock at Laguna Seca to network with as many team principals as possible in hopes of inquiring about yet another series to add to his resume. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Dec. 2021 Guests can network with more than 50 vendors, learn about the newest technology and equipment for their garden, farm or nursery, and hear from top agricultural experts in the expo’s seminar series. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 In the middle of 2020, Anderson joined the video-sharing social network TikTok and found a new way to network with other cosplayers. Lauren Orsini, Washington Post, 25 June 2021 The Academy got rid of the Grammy 365 site that had allowed members at all levels to network with one another during the voting process. Chris Willman, Variety, 2 Dec. 2021 The Literoom offer startups, investors and industry experts a platform to network and engage with various creative industries. Brendan Ciecko, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2021 Guests can network with more than 50 vendors, learn about the newest technology and equipment for their garden, farm or nursery, and hear from top agricultural experts in the expo’s seminar series. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 Threats to network security have grown dramatically with technological changes and the growth of IT footprints. Yaniv Bar-yadan, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/network. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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