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network Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an interconnected system of things or people
    • he owned a network of shops
    • retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life
    • tangled in a web of cloth
  2. noun (broadcasting) a communication system consisting of a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programs
    • the networks compete to broadcast important sports events
  3. noun an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    meshwork; net; mesh; meshing.
  4. noun a system of intersecting lines or channels
    • a railroad network
    • a network of canals
  5. noun (electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits
    electronic network.
  6. verb communicate with and within a group
    • You have to network if you want to get a good job

Net"work` noun
  1. A fabric of threads, cords, or wires crossing each other at certain intervals, and knotted or secured at the crossings, thus leaving spaces or meshes between them.
  2. Any system of lines or channels interlacing or crossing like the fabric of a net; as, a network of veins; a network of railroads.

Webster 1913