• Net

    Pronunciation

    • enPR: nĕt, IPA: /nɛt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛt

    Origin 1

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

    Full definition of net

    Noun

    net

    (plural nets)
    1. A mesh of string, cord or rope.
      a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net
    2. A device made from such mesh, used for catching fish, butterflies, etc.
      • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, Mr. Pratt's Patients Chapter 1, Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand. We spent consider'ble money getting 'em reset, and then a swordfish got into the pound and tore the nets all to slathers, right in the middle of the squiteague season.
    3. A device made from such mesh, generally used for trapping something.
    4. Anything that has the appearance of such a device.
      Petri net
    5. (by extension) A trap.
      • Bible, Proverbs xxix. 5A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.
    6. caught in the prosecuting attorney's net
    7. (geometry) 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.
    8. A system that interconnects a number of users, locations etc. allowing transport or communication between them, e.g. computer ~, road ~, electricity distribution ~.
    9. (sports) A framework backed by a mesh, serving as the goal in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc.
      • 2010, December 29, Mark Vesty, Wigan 2-2 Arsenal, Wigan had N'Zogbia sent off late on but Squillaci headed into his own net to give the home side a deserved point.
    10. The striker headed the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
    11. (sports, tennis) A mesh stretched to divide the court in tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc.

    Synonyms

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To catch by means of a net.
    2. (transitive, figuratively) To catch in a trap, or by stratagem.
      • Sir Walter ScottAnd now I am here, netted and in the toils.
    3. To enclose or cover with a net.to net a tree
    4. (transitive, football) To score (a goal).Evans netted the winner in the 80th minute.
    5. (tennis) To hit the ball into the net.
    6. To form network or netting; to knit.

    Synonyms

    Origin 2

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

    Alternative forms

    Adjective

    net

    1. (obsolete) Good, desirable; clean, decent, clear.
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.xii:Her brest all naked, as net iuory,
        Without adorne of gold or siluer bright ...
    2. Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat.net wine
    3. Remaining after expenses or deductions.net profit; net weight
    4. Final; end.net result; net conclusion

    Derived terms

    terms derived from net (adjective) after expenses; final

    Noun

    net

    (plural nets)
    1. The amount remaining after expenses are deducted; profit.

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To receive as profit.The company nets $30 on every sale.
    2. (transitive) To yield as profit for.The scam netted the criminals $30,000.
    3. To fully hedge a position.Every party is netting their position with a counter-party

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