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 networker (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 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Bobcat fire splits into ‘3 heads’ in Antelope Valley," 18 Sep. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Prince William Is Reportedly "Livid" About Harry and Meghan's Netflix Deal," 16 Sep. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara at 100%: After 'damn good' year despite injury, why Saints RB is primed for more," 9 Sep. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Tara Law, Time, "Majority of Young Adults in the U.S. Now Live With Their Parents: Report," 6 Sep. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Outside linebacker Tyus Bowser hopes to become Ravens’ latest pass rusher to break out in fourth season," 25 Aug. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston issues mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Laura," 25 Aug. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "State health officials suggest 7-on-7 high school football, volleyball moved outside as athletes allowed to resume workouts," 24 Aug. 2020 The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox aim for their 1st 3-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field since 2012," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail has become an important place for people in the spirits and hospitality business to network with others in their field. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Tales of the Cocktail, usually a toast of deep summer in New Orleans, returns virtually," 16 Sep. 2020 The ability to network and broaden a set of relationships, even without an intentional purpose. Like any skills, these can be learned and cultivated through a combination of guidance, practice and experience. Todd Saxton, The Conversation, "To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty," 15 Sep. 2020 Perhaps a better way to fund would be to network your way, through friends and family, to businesspeople interested in angel investing. Mike Porter, Star Tribune, "Tapping friends, family for capital might not be best option," 13 Sep. 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’," 6 Sep. 2020 In a profession that is all about building and maintaining the right connections, the ability to network over the computer has been almost as important as the opportunity to learn. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Colts RBs coach David Walker has built a new business: Coaching football coaches," 2 Sep. 2020 Mentees also have an opportunity to network with one another. ProPublica, "Hand-Picked Mentors and Networking: Apply for ProPublica’s 2020 Diversity Mentorship Program at ONA," 31 Aug. 2020 Families must also pick up a lunch at the school system or charter network their children are enrolled in. Washington Post, "School leaders fear that stricter lunch program eligibility in the fall could make it harder for students to eat," 25 Aug. 2020 Nonprofit leaders of color are expected to find time to network with high-net-worth donors and corporate/foundation decision makers at philanthropic engagements and socially, because that’s how the fundraising game is played. Dallas News, "How the D-FW community can remove barriers to fundraising for Black philanthropies and propel the sector forward," 19 Aug. 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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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/network. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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