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  1. net
    IPA[net]
  2. noun

    • 1. a length of open-meshed material made of twine, cord, rope, or something similar, used typically for catching fish or other animals:

      fishermen mending their nets
    • 2. a piece of open-meshed material supported by a frame at the end of a handle, used typically for catching fish or other aquatic animals or insects.

    • 3. a structure consisting of a net supported on a frame, forming the goal in games such as soccer and hockey:

      he turned Wilson's cross into the net
    • 4. a length of open-meshed material supported on a cord between two posts to divide the playing area in various games such as tennis, badminton, and volleyball.

    • 5. a safety net:

      he felt like a tightrope-walker without a net
    • 6. a fine fabric with a very open weave:

      net curtains
    • 7. a means of catching someone; a trap:

      the search was delayed, allowing the murderers to escape the net
      Synonym : trap, booby trap, snare, toils
    • 8. a system or procedure for selecting or recruiting someone:

      he spread his net far and wide in his search for success
    • 9. a communications or broadcasting network:

      the radio net was brought to life with a mayday
    • 10. a network of interconnected computers:

      a computer news net
    • 11. the Internet:

      ensuring privacy on the Net is an increasingly difficult job

    verb

    • 1. catch or land (a fish or other animal) with a net:

      damage caused when netting the fish rabbits can be netted all the year round
    • 2. fish with nets in (a river):

      he has netted the creeks and found them clogged with fish
    • 3. acquire or obtain as if with a net:

      customs officials have netted large caches of drugs
    • 4. (in sports) hit or kick (a ball or puck) into the net; score (a goal):

      in six years Wright has netted 177 goals Aldridge netted twice
    • 5. cover with a net:

      we fenced off a rabbit-proof area for vegetables and netted the top
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: net, plural noun: nets

    • v.: verb: net, 3rd person present: nets, gerund or present participle: netting, past tense: netted, past participle: netted

    • adjective

      (of an amount, value, or price) remaining after a deduction, such as tax or a discount, has been made:

      (of a weight) excluding that of the packaging or container.

    • verb

      acquire or obtain (a sum of money) as clear profit:

      return (profit or income) for (someone):

    • noun

      a piece of open-meshed material made of twine, cord, or something similar, used typically for catching fish or other animals:

      a piece of net supported by a frame at the end of a handle, used for catching fish or insects.

    • verb

      catch (a fish or other animal) with a net:

      fish with nets in (a river):

    • adjective

      (of an amount, value, or price) remaining after the deduction of tax or other contributions:

      (of a weight) excluding that of the packaging.

    • verb

      acquire (a sum of money) as clear profit:

      return (profit or income) for (someone):

    • noun

      open-meshed material made by knotting together twine, wire, rope, or thread:
    • noun

      open-meshed material made by knotting together twine, wire, rope, or thread:
    • noun

      a net placed to catch an acrobat or similar performer in case of a fall.

      a safeguard against possible hardship or adversity:

    • noun

      a small fishing net with a long handle.
    • verb

      catch (fish) using a dip net.
    • noun

      a fine-meshed bag supported on a frame at the end of a handle for catching butterflies.

      a butterfly net supposedly dropped over a person in order to take the person away to a mental hospital:

    • noun

      the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites:
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