network

noun
net·​work | \ˈnet-ˌwərk \

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 \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Motivate, which Lyft says accounts for about 80 percent of bike-share trips in the US, also operates networks in Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, Portland (Oregon), Columbus, and Minneapolis. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Lyft buys the biggest bike-sharing company in the US," 2 July 2018 Thus Chambon-sur-Lignon, linked to Protestant aid networks in the United States and Switzerland, was ready for the victims of fascism. Lucian Perkins, Smithsonian, "This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Years," 27 June 2018 Rescuers have resumed efforts to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach, who are missing in an extensive cave network in northern Thailand and are feared cut off by rising water levels. Eli Meixler, Time, "Thai Divers Continue the Search For 12 Boys and Their Coach Trapped in a Flooded Cave. Here’s What to Know," 26 June 2018 The bitcoin network allows anyone to move millions of dollars across the world without any in-person meetings, and without the approval of any financial institutions. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 With power out and the cellphone network largely destroyed, FEMA was operating in the dark. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Trump refused to take a question from the network's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump in U.K.: "I Don't Take Questions From CNN"," 13 July 2018 The network has since greenlit a Roseanne spinoff without Barr. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Laurie Metcalf Snags an Emmy Nomination for Roseanne After Cancellation," 12 July 2018 Disney agreed to sell the networks as a stipulation from the Justice Department so as to avoid an anti-competitive situation given the company’s ownership of ESPN. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Five Potential Buyers for Fox's 22 Regional Sports Networks," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide Justice Department program committed to reducing gun and gang crime by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and supporting those efforts with training and funding. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Task force takes aim at homicides, violent crime in Birmingham metro area," 13 Apr. 2018 Grow your business by networking with other professionals. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Business Agenda," 2 July 2018 But hawks such as Grassley say the bigger problem is security—that the Chinese government could slip through backdoors into Huawei’s networking hardware and software, enabling it to spy on Americans’ phone calls, texts, and emails. Max Chafkin, Bloomberg.com, "Why America Is So Scared of China’s Biggest Tech Company," 22 Mar. 2018 It’s now known for its lineup of servers, storage hardware and networking gear. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 International Cycling Executives was incorrectly called International Cycle Executives in an article in the Spring issue of Far & Away magazine about networking on bike rides. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 21 June 2018 But do women’s networking groups drive bigger sales and increase your business? Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Hey, Philly's business women: New networking groups spring up just for you," 24 May 2018 Learn how to network Attend a workshop to discuss effective networking strategies for beginners. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Business agenda," 20 June 2018 Other less-traditional perks include formal mentoring programs, various internal company networking and special-interest groups, and days when employees can bring their pets to work. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Arizona's largest employers have more workers than ever before, offer new incentives," 22 Apr. 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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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 \

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 \

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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