Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) 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. (noun, artifact) a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
  3. (noun, possession) the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
  4. (noun, artifact) a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
  5. (noun, artifact) game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
  6. (noun, artifact) an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
  7. (verb, possession) make as a net profit
  8. (verb, possession) yield as a net profit
  9. (verb, creation) construct or form a web, as if by weaving
  10. (verb, contact) catch with a net
  11. (adj, all) remaining after all deductions
  12. (adj, all) conclusive in a process or progression
    a last resort
    the net result

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Antonyms of Net


Origin of the word Net

  1. O.E. net "mesh," from P.Gmc. *natjan (cf. O.N., Du. net, Swed. n?t, O.H.G. nezzi, Ger. Netz, Goth. nati "net"), originally "something knotted," from PIE *ned- "to twist, knot" (cf. Skt. nahyati "binds, ties," L. nodus "knot"). more
  2. "remaining after deductions," 1520, from earlier sense of "trim, elegant, clean, neat" (c.1300), from O.Fr. net "clean, pure, bright" (from the same source as neat, q.v.), meaning infl. by It. netto "remaining after deductions." The verb in the sense of "to gain as a net sum" is first recorded 1758. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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