Meaning of NET in English

/ net; NAmE / noun , adjective , verb

■ noun


[ U ] a type of material that is made of string, thread or wire twisted or tied together, with small spaces in between :

net curtains

—see also fishnet , netting


[ C ] (especially in compounds) a piece of net used for a particular purpose, such as catching fish or covering sth :

fishing nets

a mosquito net (= used to protect you from mosquitoes )

—see also hairnet , safety net


the net [ sing. ] ( in sports ) the frame covered in net that forms the goal :

to kick the ball into the back of the net


the net [ sing. ] ( in tennis , etc. ) the piece of net between the two players that the ball goes over


the Net ( informal ) = the Internet


see cast verb , slip verb , spread verb

■ adjective ( BrE also nett )


[ usually before noun ] a net amount of money is the amount that remains when nothing more is to be taken away :

a net profit of £500

net income / earnings (= after tax has been paid)

—compare gross


[ only before noun ] the net weight of sth is the weight without its container or the material it is wrapped in :

450 gms net weight

—compare gross


[ only before noun ] final, after all the important facts have been included :

The net result is that small shopkeepers are being forced out of business.

Canada is now a substantial net importer of medicines (= it imports more than it exports) .

a net gain

►  net adverb :

a salary of $50 000 net

Interest on the investment will be paid net (= tax will already have been taken away) .

—compare gross

■ verb ( -tt- ) [ vn ]


to earn an amount of money as a profit after you have paid tax on it :

The sale of paintings netted £17 000.


to catch sth, especially fish, in a net


to catch sb or obtain sth in a skilful way :

A swoop by customs officers netted a large quantity of drugs.


( especially BrE ) to kick or hit a ball into the goal

SYN score :

He has netted 21 goals so far this season.


to cover sth with a net or nets



verb senses 2 to 5 and noun Old English net , nett , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch net and German Netz .

verb sense 1 and adjective adverb Middle English (in the senses clean and smart ): from French net neat, from Latin nitidus shining, from nitere to shine. The sense free from deductions is first recorded in late Middle English .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.