1 [net]
a bag or other contrivance of strong thread or cord worked into an open, meshed fabric, for catching fish, birds, or other animals: a butterfly net.
a piece of meshed fabric designed to serve a specific purpose, as to divide a court in racket games or protect against insects: a tennis net; a mosquito net.
anything serving to catch or ensnare: a police net to trap the bank robber.
a lacelike fabric with a uniform mesh of cotton, silk, rayon, nylon, etc., often forming the foundation of any of various laces.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) a ball that hits the net.
Often, nets. the goal in hockey or lacrosse.
any network or reticulated system of filaments, lines, veins, or the like.
any network containing computers and telecommunications equipment.
the Net, the Internet.
Mathematics. the abstraction, in topology, of a sequence; a map from a directed set to a given space.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Reticulum.
Informal. a radio or television network.
verb (used with object), netted, netting.
to cover, screen, or enclose with a net or netting: netting the bed to keep out mosquitoes.
to take with a net: to net fish.
to set or use nets in (a river, stream, etc.), as for catching fish.
to catch or ensnare: to net a dangerous criminal.
(in tennis, badminton, etc.) to hit (the ball) into the net.

before 900; Middle English net (noun), netten (v.), Old English net(t) (noun); cognate with Dutch, Old Norse net, Gothic nati, German Netz

nettable, adjective
netlike, adjective

15. seize, capture, trap. Unabridged
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net1 (nɛt)
1.  an openwork fabric of string, rope, wire, etc; meshRelated: retiary
2.  a device made of net, used to protect or enclose things or to trap animals
3.  a.  a thin light mesh fabric of cotton, nylon, or other fibre, used for curtains, dresses, etc
 b.  (as modifier): net curtains
4.  a plan, strategy, etc, intended to trap or ensnare: the murderer slipped through the police net
5.  sport
 a.  a strip of net that divides the playing area into two equal parts
 b.  a shot that hits the net, whether or not it goes over
6.  the goal in soccer, hockey, etc
7.  (often plural) cricket
 a.  a pitch surrounded by netting, used for practice
 b.  a practice session in a net
8.  informal short for internet
9.  another word for network
vb , nets, netting, netted
10.  (tr) to catch with or as if with a net; ensnare
11.  (tr) to shelter or surround with a net
12.  (intr) sport to score a goal: Rangers netted three times in seven minutes
13.  to make a net out of (rope, string, etc)
14.  (intr) to hit a shot into the net
Related: retiary
[Old English net; related to Gothic nati, Dutch net]

net or nett2 (nɛt)
1.  Compare gross remaining after all deductions, as for taxes, expenses, losses, etc: net profit
2.  (of weight) after deducting tare
3.  ultimate; final; conclusive (esp in the phrase net result)
4.  net income, profits, weight, etc
vb , nets, netting, netted
5.  (tr) to yield or earn as clear profit
[C14: clean, neat, from French netneat1; related to Dutch net, German nett]
nett or nett2
[C14: clean, neat, from French netneat1; related to Dutch net, German nett]

the internet domain name for
a company or organization

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Word Origin & History

O.E. net "mesh," from P.Gmc. *natjan (cf. O.N., Du. net, Swed. nät, O.H.G. nezzi, Ger. Netz, Goth. nati "net"), originally "something knotted," from PIE *ned- "to twist, knot" (cf. Skt. nahyati "binds, ties," L. nodus "knot").

"remaining after deductions," 1520, from earlier sense of "trim, elegant, clean, neat" (c.1300), from O.Fr. net "clean, pure, bright" (from the same source as neat, q.v.), meaning infl. by It. netto "remaining after deductions." The verb in the sense of "to gain as a net sum" is first recorded 1758.
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Cultural Dictionary

net definition

What remains after all deductions have been made. (Compare gross.)

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Net definition

in use among the Hebrews for fishing, hunting, and fowling. The fishing-net was probably constructed after the form of that used by the Egyptians (Isa. 19:8). There were three kinds of nets. (1.) The drag-net or hauling-net (Gr. sagene), of great size, and requiring many men to work it. It was usually let down from the fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat, as circumstances might require (Matt. 13:47, 48). (2.) The hand-net or casting-net (Gr. amphiblestron), which was thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen (Matt. 4:18; Mark 1:16). It was called by the Latins funda. It was of circular form, "like the top of a tent." (3.) The bag-net (Gr. diktyon), used for enclosing fish in deep water (Luke 5:4-9). The fowling-nets were (1) the trap, consisting of a net spread over a frame, and supported by a stick in such a way that it fell with the slightest touch (Amos 3:5, "gin;" Ps. 69:22; Job 18:9; Eccl. 9:12). (2) The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg (Job 18:10; Ps. 18:5; 116:3; 140:5). (3.) The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys (Jer. 5:26, 27). Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.

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