a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Working mothers in the community use networking to help themselves manage successfully.
the design, establishment, or utilization of a computer network.
of or pertaining to a network or networking: networking software, a networking system.

1935–40; network + -ing1 Unabridged


any netlike combination of filaments, lines, veins, passages, or the like: a network of arteries; a network of sewers under the city.
Radio and Television.
a group of transmitting stations linked by wire or microwave relay so that the same program can be broadcast or telecast by all.
a company or organization that provides programs to be broadcast over these stations: She was hired by the network as program coordinator.
a system of interrelated buildings, offices, stations, etc., especially over a large area or throughout a country, territory, region, etc.: a network of supply depots.
Electricity. an arrangement of conducting elements, as resistors, capacitors, or inductors, connected by conducting wire.
a netting or net.
Telecommunications, Computers. a system containing any combination of computers, computer terminals, printers, audio or visual display devices, or telephones interconnected by telecommunication equipment or cables: used to transmit or receive information.
an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to provide mutual assistance, helpful information, or the like: a network of recent college graduates.
verb (used without object)
to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position: His business lunches were taken up with networking.
verb (used with object)
to place (as a program from a local radio or television station) in or on a network: The station will try to network the local cooking show.
to connect to a network.
to distribute widely: We charge a small fee for networking your résumé.
to cover with or as if with a network: to network a bay with buoy markers.
to organize into a network: to network the state's independent stations.
to broadcast (a program) over a radio or television network.

1550–60; 1910–15 for def 2; net1 + work

networker, noun
nonnetwork, adjective
subnetwork, noun
supernetwork, noun Unabridged
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network (ˈnɛtˌwɜːk)
1.  an interconnected group or system: a network of shops
2.  Also: net a system of intersecting lines, roads, veins, etc
3.  net another name for netting
4.  radio, television a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programme simultaneously
5.  electronics a system of interconnected components or circuits
6.  computing a system of interconnected computer systems, terminals, and other equipment allowing information to be exchanged
7.  (tr) radio, television to broadcast on stations throughout the country: the Scotland--England match was networked
8.  computing (of computers, terminals, etc) to connect or be connected
9.  (intr) to form business contacts through informal social meetings

networking (ˈnɛtˌwɜːkɪŋ)
1.  computing the interconnection of two or more networks in different places, as in working at home with a link to a central computer in an office
2.  forming business connections and contacts through informal social meetings
3.  of or for networking: networking systems

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Word Origin & History

"net-like arrangement of threads, wires, etc.," 1560, from net (n.) + work (n.). Extended sense of "any complex, interlocking system" is from 1839 (orig. in ref. to transport by rivers, canals, and railways). Meaning "broadcasting system of multiple
transmitters" is from 1914; sense of "interconnected group of people" is from 1947. The verb, in ref. to computers, is from 1972; in ref. to persons, it is attested from 1980s.
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Medical Dictionary

network net·work (nět'wûrk')

  1. A fabric or structure in which cords, threads, or wires cross at regular intervals.

  2. A body structure resembling such a fabric or structure.

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Science Dictionary
network  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (nět'wûrk')  Pronunciation Key 
A system of computers and peripherals, such as printers, that are linked together. A network can consist of as few as two computers connected with cables or millions of computers that are spread over a large geographical area and are connected by telephone lines, fiberoptic cables, or radio waves. The Internet is an example of very large network. See more at LAN, WAN.

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Cultural Dictionary

network definition

A system of computers that are joined together so that they can communicate by exchanging information and sharing resources. (See Internet and lan.)

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Computing Dictionary

networking definition


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Example sentences
Social networking will become a ubiquitous feature of online life.
Unplug the network cable and disable any wireless networking.
All the efforts to combine social networking with energy conservation seem to
  be pulling the plug.
Those differences make networking more important, both for the employer and for
  the prospective employee.
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