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

  • 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To form network or netting; to knit.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abbreviations of the Italian netto, free from all deductions.
  • 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.

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


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

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.

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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