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network

noun net·work \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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
  • … 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
3 a :an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system
  • a network of hotels
b :a system of computers, peripherals, terminals (see 2terminal 2), and databases connected by communications lines
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

Examples of network in a Sentence

  1. He hooked up his computer to the network.

  2. The show is getting good ratings for the network.

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First Known Use of network

1530

network Synonyms

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network

verb

Definition of network

transitive verb
1 :to cover with or as if with a network
  • a continent … so networked with navigable rivers and canals
  • Lamp
2 chiefly British :to distribute for broadcast on a television network; also :broadcast 3
3 :to join (things, such as computers) in a network
intransitive verb
:to engage in networking

networker

play \ˈnet-ˌwər-kər\ noun

Examples of network in a Sentence

  1. The computers are networked to one main server.

  2. She spent the day networking with other executives.

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Origin and Etymology of network



NETWORK Defined for English Language Learners

network

noun

Definition of network for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of network for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

network

noun net·work \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \

Definition of network for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

network

noun net·work \ ˈnet-ˌwərk \

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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