Meaning of NET in English

I. ˈnet, usu -ed.+V noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English net, nett, nette, from Old English net, nett; akin to Old Saxon net, netti net, Middle Dutch net, nette, Old High German nezzi, Old Norse net, nōt, Gothic nati net, Latin nodus knot, Old Irish nascim I bind, and probably to Latin nassa fish basket and perhaps to Sanskrit nahyati he binds; basic meaning: to knot, weave


a. : a meshed arrangement of threads, cords, or ropes that have been twisted, knotted, or woven together at regular intervals

b. : any of various devices made of net and used especially for catching fish, birds, or insects

c. : something made of net and used especially for protecting, confining, carrying, or dividing (as a cargo net or tennis net)

2. : something designed to entrap or ensnare

a man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet — Prov 29:5 (Revised Standard Version)

the engineer cannot escape the net of circumstances in which he is caught — W.P.Webb


a. : a machine-twisted fabric in fine to coarse geometric meshes made usually of silk, rayon, nylon, or cotton and used for dresses, curtains, veils, or trimmings

b. : a handmade or machine-made background fabric for lace usually in fine geometric meshes

4. : something resembling a net in reticulation : a network of lines, fibers, or figures

a perfect net of steamer, bus and air service — Frederick Arnold


a. : a three-sided structure that consists of poles and netting enclosing a wicket and that is used in cricket for batting and bowling practice

b. : a three-sided structure enclosed in netting and used as a goal in hockey or lacrosse — often used in plural

c. : a return of the ball in a racket game that goes into the net


a. : a rigging of ropes and twine on a free balloon that supports the weight of the basket and distributes the load over the entire upper surface of the envelope

b. : a rectangular net of cordage used to restrain the envelope of a kite, balloon, or airship during inflation and before the car is attached


a. : a group of communications stations operating under unified control on assigned frequencies and in accordance with a plan for the systematic handling and relay of radio traffic

Army radio net

b. : network 5

8. : a device made usually of canvas stretched in a frame and used for catching persons leaping from a building or other structure

II. verb

( netted ; netted ; netting ; nets )

transitive verb

1. : to cover or enclose with or as if with a net

to leave his favorite tree … after … netting it to keep off the birds — Maria Edgeworth

how dense a fold of danger nets him round — Alfred Tennyson

2. : to make in the style of or by means of network

is netting herself the sweetest cloak you can conceive — Jane Austen

3. : to catch as if in a net : capture by stratagem or wile

and now I am here, netted and in the toils — Sir Walter Scott


a. : to use nets in for catching fish

netted the wallow and brought out scores of small fish — Francis Birtles

b. : to catch by means of a net

netted 15 tons of smelt in 10 minutes — American Guide Series: Michigan

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

her high plump cheeks were netted with little purple veins — Marguerite Steen

6. : to hit (a ball) into the net for the loss of a point in a racket game

intransitive verb

1. : to make nets or netting

was netting away as if nothing unusual had occurred — Elizabeth C. Gaskell

2. : to hit a ball into the net for the loss of a point in a racket game

3. : to combine into a communications net or network

III. adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French — more at neat (bright)

1. archaic : neat , trim

2. obsolete : clean , bright

3. : free from all charges or deductions: as

a. : remaining after the deduction of all charges, outlay, or loss

net earnings

net proceeds

— opposed to gross

b. : excluding all tare or tret

net weight


a. : free from adulteration : pure

net wine

b. : excluding all nonessential or extraneous considerations : basic , fundamental

the net effect is one that disturbs many scholars — C.V.Newsom

the net result is a huge canvas of small-town life — C.J.Rolo

IV. transitive verb

( netted ; netted ; netting ; nets )


a. : to make by way of profit : clear

netted $8000 a year from the restaurant

b. : to produce by way of profit : yield

the restaurant netted $8000 a year

2. : to get possession, control, use, or benefit of : gain

war experiences which netted him just about all the decorations there are — Clarence Woodbury

netting us less security than we would otherwise enjoy — Sidney Hook

V. noun

( -s )

1. : a net amount, profit, weight, or price

reduced taxes … partly accounted for the high net — Time

2. : the score of a golfer in a handicap match after deducting his handicap from his gross

3. : the fundamental point : essence , gist

the net of all these articles is that competition is dying — Raymond Moley

VI. transitive verb

( netted ; netted ; netting ; nets )

Etymology: Middle French netir, from Old French, from net clean, pure, bright — more at neat

dialect chiefly England : wash , rinse

VII. noun

Usage: often capitalized

Etymology: by shortening

: internet herein

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