Meaning of NETWORK in English

I. ˈnet-ˌwərk noun

Date: 1535

1. : a fabric or structure of cords or wires that cross at regular intervals and are knotted or secured at the crossings

2. : a system of lines or channels resembling a network


a. : an interconnected or interrelated chain, group, or system

a network of hotels

b. : a system of computers, peripherals, terminals, and databases connected by communications lines


a. : a group of radio or television stations linked by wire or radio relay

b. : a radio or television company that produces programs for broadcast over such a network

5. : a usually informally interconnected group or association of persons (as friends or professional colleagues)

II. verb

Date: 1887

transitive verb

1. : to cover with or as if with a network

a continent…so network ed with navigable rivers and canals — Lamp

2. chiefly British : to distribute for broadcast on a television network ; also : broadcast 3

3. : to join (as computers) in a network

intransitive verb

: to engage in networking

• net·work·er -ˌwər-kər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.