from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Remaining after all deductions have been made, as for expenses.
  • adjective Remaining after tare is deducted.
  • adjective Ultimate; final.
  • noun Business A net amount, as of profit or weight.
  • noun The main point; the essence.
  • transitive verb To bring in or yield as profit.
  • transitive verb To clear as profit.
  • noun An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
  • noun Something made of openwork fabric, especially.
  • noun A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
  • noun A barrier against flying insects.
  • noun A mesh for holding the hair in place.
  • noun Something that entraps; a snare.
  • noun A fine mesh fabric used as curtain or dress material or as the foundation for various laces.
  • noun A barrier of meshwork cord or rope strung between two posts to divide a court in half, as in tennis and badminton.
  • noun A ball that is hit into this meshwork barrier.
  • noun The goal in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse.
  • noun The cord meshwork attached to the hoop of a basket in basketball.
  • noun A meshed network of lines, figures, or fibers.
  • noun Computers A complex, interconnected group or system, as.
  • noun The Internet.
  • noun A radio, television, or telephone network.
  • transitive verb To catch or ensnare in a net.
  • transitive verb To acquire or obtain.
  • transitive verb To cover, protect, or surround with a net or network.
  • transitive verb To hit (the ball) into the net, as in volleyball.
  • transitive verb To shoot (the ball or puck) into the goal, as in soccer or hockey.
  • transitive verb To score (a goal).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Abbreviations of the Italian netto, free from all deductions.
  • noun In cricket, an open fabric of twine placed so as to enable batsmen to practise without inconveniencing one another.
  • noun In mining, a heavy leather harness used for lowering or raising horses in a shaft.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Figuratively, a snare or device for entrapping or misleading in any way; a moral or mental trap or entanglement.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Machine-made lace of many kinds.
  • noun A light open meshed bag for holding or confining the hair. Some are made of threads so fine that they are called invisible nets.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English; see ned- in Indo-European roots. N., sense 5a, short for Internet.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English net, from Proto-Germanic *natjan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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