from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
- n. Something made of openwork fabric, especially:
- n. A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
- n. A barrier against flying insects.
- n. A mesh for holding the hair in place.
- n. Something that entraps; a snare.
- n. A fine mesh fabric used as curtain or dress material or as the foundation for various laces.
- n. Sports A barrier of meshwork cord or rope strung between two posts to divide a court in half, as in tennis and badminton.
- n. Sports A ball that is hit into this meshwork barrier.
- n. Sports The goal in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse.
- n. Sports The cord meshwork attached to the hoop of a basket in basketball.
- n. A meshed network of lines, figures, or fibers.
- n. A radio, television, or telephone network.
- n. Computer Science See network.
- transitive v. To catch or ensnare in or as if in a net.
- transitive v. To cover, protect, or surround with or as if with a net.
- transitive v. Sports To hit (a ball) into the net.
- transitive v. To make into a net.
- adj. Business Remaining after all deductions have been made, as for expenses: net profit.
- adj. Business Remaining after tare is deducted: net weight.
- adj. Ultimate; final: the net result.
- n. Business A net amount, as of profit or weight.
- n. The main point; the essence: the net of our discussion.
- transitive v. To bring in or yield as profit.
- transitive v. To clear as profit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mesh of string, cord or rope.
- n. A device made from such mesh, used for catching fish, butterflies, etc.
- n. A device made from such mesh, generally used for trapping something.
- n. Anything that has the appearance of such a device.
- n. A trap.
- n. 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.
- n. A computer network.
- n. A framework backed by a mesh, serving as the goal in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc.
- n. A mesh stretched to divide the court in tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc.
- v. To catch by means of a net.
- v. (figuratively) To catch in a trap.
- v. (soccer) To score (a goal).
- v. To hit the ball into the net.
- adj. Good, desirable; clean, decent, clear.
- adj. Remaining after expenses or deductions.
- adj. Final; endly.
- n. The amount remaining after expenses are deducted; profit.
- v. To receive as profit.
- v. To yield as profit for.
- v. To fully hedge a position.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fabric of twine, thread, or the like, wrought or woven into meshes, and used for catching fish, birds, butterflies, etc.
- n. Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding.
- n. Anything wrought or woven in meshes
- n. A figure made up of a large number of straight lines or curves, which are connected at certain points and related to each other by some specified law.
- n. A network.
- n. The internet; -- usually the net.
- transitive v. To make into a net; to make in the style of network.
- transitive v. To take in a net; to capture by stratagem or wile.
- transitive v. To inclose or cover with a net.
- intransitive v. To form network or netting; to knit.
- adj. Without spot; pure; shining.
- adj. Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat
- adj. Not including superfluous, incidental, or foreign matter, as boxes, coverings, wraps, etc.; free from charges, deductions, etc
- transitive v. To produce or gain as clear profit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An open textile fabric, of cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or other material, tied or woven with a mesh of any size, designed or used for catching animals alive, either by inclosing or by entangling them; a netting or network used as a snare or trap.
- n. Figuratively, a snare or device for entrapping or misleading in any way; a moral or mental trap or entanglement.
- n. A light open woven fabric, as gauze or muslin, worn or used its a protection from annoying insects: as, a mosquito- net spread over a bed.
- n. Machine-made lace of many kinds.
- n. A light open meshed bag for holding or confining the hair. Some are made of threads so fine that they are called invisible nets.
- n. Anything formed with interstices or meshes like a net.
- n. In anatomy and zoology, a reticulation or cancellation; a network of anastomosing or inosculating filaments or vessels; a web or mesh; a rete.
- n. In mathematics, a rectilinear figure drawn as follows.
- n. A machine-made ground imitating the above.
- Made of netting: as, a net fence.
- Resembling netting; having a structure which is like netting—that is, one which has open meshes, large in proportion to the thickness of the threads.
- Caught in a net; netted: as, net fish.
- Reticulate or cancellate; netted or net-veined, as an insect's wings.
- Decorative work done upon net, but not strictly needlework, as muslin appliqué (which see, under muslin).
- To make as a net; make network of; form into a netting; mesh; knot or weave in meshes.
- To capture or take with a net, as game; insnare, entangle, or entrap in or by means of network, as any animal.
- To take as if with a net; capture by arts, wiles, or stratagems; entangle in difficulty; beguile.
- To put into or surround with a net for protection or safe-keeping; hold in place by means of a net, as one's hair; veil or cover, as the head with a net; spread a net over or around, as a fruit-tree to keep off the birds, or a bed to keep out mosquitos.
- To make nets or form network; be occupied in knotting or weaving a suitable material into netting.
- To use the net in capturing game as an art or industry: as, he nets for a living.
- Clear; pure; unadulterated; neat: as, net (unadulterated) wines.
- Clear of anything extraneous; with all deductions (such as charges, expenses, discounts, commissions, taxes, etc.) made: as, net profits or earnings; net proceeds; net weight.
- Lowest; not subject to further deduction or discount: as, these prices are net.
- To gain or produce as clear profit: as, to net a thousand dollars in a business transaction; the sale netted a hundred dollars.
- n. In cricket, an open fabric of twine placed so as to enable batsmen to practise without inconveniencing one another.
- n. In mining, a heavy leather harness used for lowering or raising horses in a shaft.
- Abbreviations of the Italian netto, free from all deductions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. construct or form a web, as if by weaving
- n. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
- n. a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
- n. a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
- adj. conclusive in a process or progression
- adj. remaining after all deductions
- n. a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
- n. an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
- n. game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
- v. yield as a net profit
- v. make as a net profit
- v. catch with a net
Middle English, from Old English.
Middle English, elegant, remaining after deductions, from Old French, elegant, and from Old Italian netto, remaining after deductions, both from Latin nitidus, clean, elegant; see neat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English net, from Proto-Germanic *natjan. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English net, nette, from Old French net, from Latin nitidus. Compare nitid, neat. (Wiktionary)