Net meaning

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A meshed network of lines, figures, or fibers.
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(computers) A complex, interconnected group or system, as:
  • The Internet.
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A fabric made from string, cord, etc., loosely knotted or woven in an openwork pattern and used to trap or snare birds, fish, etc.
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The definition of net is the amount left over after certain adjustments have been made.

An example of net is the amount of your paycheck after taxes have been taken out.

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Net is defined as something made of woven, mesh or loosely knotted open criss-cross pattern fabric, or something that catches or traps.

An example of a net is what fishermen use to catch shrimp.

An example of a net is a tennis racket.

An example of a net is what you would use to catch a gold fish in a tank.

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An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
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Something made of openwork fabric, especially:
  • A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
  • A barrier against flying insects.
  • A mesh for holding the hair in place.
  • Something that entraps; a snare.
  • A fine mesh fabric used as curtain or dress material or as the foundation for various laces.
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A radio, television, or telephone network.
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To catch or ensnare in a net.

Net fish.

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To acquire or obtain.

An investment that netted a hefty profit; a personal ad that netted a dozen responses.

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To cover, protect, or surround with a net or network.
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Ultimate; final.

The net result.

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(business) A net amount, as of profit or weight.
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The main point; the essence.

The net of our discussion.

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To bring in or yield as profit.
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To clear as profit.
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Anything that catches or entraps; trap; snare.
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Any of various devices made of meshed fabric, used to hold, protect, or mark off something.

A hairnet, tennis net.

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A fine, meshed, lacelike cloth, used to make curtains, trim garments, etc.
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(volleyball, tennis, etc.) A ball or shuttlecock that hits the net, whether or not it goes over.
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To make into net or a net.
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To make with net.
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To trap or snare with or as with a net.
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To protect, shelter, or enclose with or as with a net.
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(volleyball, tennis, etc.) To hit (the ball or shuttlecock) into the net.
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To make nets or network.
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Remaining after certain deductions, as for taxes or expenses, have been made.

Net annual income.

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Designating or of weight excluding the container, packaging, etc.
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After all considerations; final.

A net result.

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A net amount, profit, weight, price, result, etc.
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To get or bring in as a net; clear as profit, etc.
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(comput.) Network.
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(1) (.NET) A software platform for developing applications from Microsoft. See .NET Framework.
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(NETwork) Any term with a "net" prefix either means network or Internet. For example, a net address can mean a network address or an Internet address, depending on the context of the dialog. "Net" with a capital "N" generally refers to the Internet; for example, "the Net" is "the Internet." See also .NET Framework.
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See network.
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Pronounced dot net. Originally, the Internet generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) reserved exclusively for network access providers, such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The domain is now unrestricted.This is an unsponsored domain. See also Internet, gTLD, ISP, and unsponsored domain.
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A mesh of string, cord or rope.

A net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net.

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A device made from such mesh, used for catching fish, butterflies, etc.
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A device made from such mesh, generally used for trapping something.
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Anything that has the appearance of such a device.

Petri net.

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(by extension) A trap.

Caught in the prosecuting attorney's net.

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(geometry) Of a polyhedron, any set of polygons joined edge to edge that, when folded along the edges between adjoining polygons so that the outer edges touch, form the polyhedron.
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A system that interconnects a number of users, locations etc. allowing transport or communication between them, e.g. computer ~, road ~, electricity distribution ~.
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(sports) A framework backed by a mesh, serving as the goal in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc.

The striker headed the ball into the net to make it 1-0.

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(sports, tennis) A mesh stretched to divide the court in tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc.
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To catch by means of a net.
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(figuratively) To catch in a trap, or by stratagem.
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To enclose or cover with a net.

To net a tree.

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(soccer) To score (a goal).

Evans netted the winner in the 80th minute.

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(tennis) To hit the ball into the net.
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To form network or netting; to knit.
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Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat.

Net wine.

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Remaining after expenses or deductions.

Net profit; net weight.

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Net result; net conclusion.

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The amount remaining after expenses are deducted; profit.
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The company nets $30 on every sale.

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To yield as profit for.

The scam netted the criminals $30,000.

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To fully hedge a position.

Every party is netting their position with a counter-party.

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(computing) The Internet.

The Web is just part of the Net.

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(computing) A set of Microsoft products and services — primarily the .NET Framework, which permits the development of software for a virtual machine in any programming language.
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Origin of net

  • Middle English elegant, remaining after deductions from Old French elegant and from Old Italian netto remaining after deductions both from Latin nitidus clean, elegant neat1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English ned- in Indo-European roots N., sense 5a, short for Internet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English net, nette, from Old French net, from Latin nitidus. Compare nitid, neat.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English net, from Proto-Germanic *natjÄ….

    From Wiktionary