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Meaning of net by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A fishing net
    A net of a dodecahedron


    • enPR: nĕt, IPA: /nɛt/, X-SAMPA: /nEt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛt

    Etymology 1

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


    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 .
    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 .
      caught in the prosecuting attorney's net
    6. ( 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 .
    7. ( computing ) A computer network .
    8. ( sports ) A framework backed by a mesh, serving as the goal in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc .
      The striker headed the ball into the net to make it 1-0 .
    9. ( sports, tennis ) A mesh stretched to divide the court in tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc .
    Derived terms


    net ( third-person singular simple present nets present participle netting, simple past and past participle netted )

    1. ( transitive ) To catch by means of a net .
    2. ( transitive ) ( figuratively ) To catch in a trap .
    3. ( transitive ) ( soccer ) To score ( a goal ) .
      Evans netted the winner in the 80th minute .
    4. ( tennis ) To hit the ball into the net.

    Etymology 2

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

    Alternative form


    net ( not comparable )

    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. Remaining after expenses or deductions .
      net profit ; net weight
    3. Final; endly .
      net result; net conclusion
    • gross
    Derived terms


    net ( plural: nets )

    1. The amount remaining after expenses are deducted; profit .


    net ( third-person singular simple present nets present participle netting, simple past and past participle netted )

    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


    • ent , ENT
    • ten


    From Proto-Germanic *natjan, whence also Old High German nezzi, Old Norse net, Gothic �������� ( nati ). Perhaps related to Albanian neth ( “sprout, bud” ) and Russian nit ( ныт, “thread” ) .


    net n .

    1. net



    By Wiktionary ( 2012/07/13 20:52 UTC Version )

    Proper noun


    1. ( computing ) A set of Microsoft products and servicesprimarily the .NET Framework, which permits the development of software for a virtual machine in any programming language .


    • ent , ENT
    • ten

Explanation of net by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. catch with a net

    2. net a fish
    3. construct or form a web, as if by weaving

    4. make as a net profit

    5. yield as a net profit

    6. This sale netted me $1 million
    1. conclusive in a process or progression

    2. the net result
    3. remaining after all deductions

    4. net profit
    1. a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange

    2. an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

    3. a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects

    4. game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton

    5. a goal lined with netting ( as in soccer or hockey )

    6. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time ( including depreciation and other non-cash expenses )

    Definition of net by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Neat, a. [Compar. Neater ; superl. Neatest.] [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]
      1. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.

      If you were to see her, you would wonder what poor body it was that was so surprisingly neat and clean. Law.

      2. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, “a neat style; a neat dress.”

      3. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, “neat brandy; to drink one's vodka neat”. Hence: ( Chem. ) Pure; undiluted; as, “dissolved in neat acetone”. “Our old wine neat.” Chapman.

      4. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, “a neat design; a neat thief.”

      5. With all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]

      neat line ( Civil Engin. ), a line to which work is to be built or formed. -- Neat work, work built or formed to neat lines.

      Syn. -- Nice; pure; cleanly; tidy; trim; spruce.

    2. Net ( nĕt ), n. [AS. net; akin to D. net, OS. net, netti, OHG. nezzi, G. netz, Icel. & Dan. net, Sw. nät, Goth. nati; of uncertain origin.]
      1. A fabric of twine, thread, or the like, wrought or woven into meshes, and used for catching fish, birds, butterflies, etc.

      2. Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding.

      A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet. Prov. xxix. 5.

      In the church's net there are fishes good or bad. Jer. Taylor.

      3. Anything wrought or woven in meshes; as, “a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net.”

      4. ( Geom. ) 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.

      5. A network. [informal]

      6. Specifically: The internet; -- usually the net; as, “I found it on the net”. [slang]

    3. Net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.]
      1. To make into a net; to make in the style of network; as, “to net silk”.

      2. To take in a net; to capture by stratagem or wile.

      And now I am here, netted and in the toils. Sir W. Scott.

      3. To inclose or cover with a net; as, “to net a tree”.

    4. Net, v. i. To form network or netting; to knit.

    5. Net, a. [F. See Neat clean.]
      1. Without spot; pure; shining. [Obs.]

      Her breast all naked as net ivory. Spenser.

      2. Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat; as, “net wine, etc.” [R.]

      3. Not including superfluous, incidental, or foreign matter, as boxes, coverings, wraps, etc.; free from charges, deductions, etc; as, “net profit; net income; net weight, etc.” [Less properly written nett.]

      Net tonnage ( Naut. ), the tonnage of a vessel after a deduction from the gross tonnage has been made, to allow space for crew, machinery, etc.

    6. Net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.] To produce or gain as clear profit; as, “he netted a thousand dollars by the operation”.