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net +‎ work


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  • (UK) IPA(key): /nɛtwɜːk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /nɛtwɝk/


network (plural networks)

  1. A fabric or structure of fibrous elements attached to each other at regular intervals.
  2. Any interconnected group or system
    A network of roads crisscrossed the country.
  3. A directory of people maintained for their advancement
    To get a job in today's economy, it is important to have a strong network.
  4. (broadcasting) A group of affiliated television stations that broadcast common programs from a parent company.
    • 2008, Lou Schuler, "Foreward", in Nate Green, Built for Show, page xi
      TV back then was five channels (three networks, PBS, and an independent station that ran I Love Lucy reruns), []
  5. (computing, Internet) Multiple computers and other devices connected together to share information
    The copy machine is connected to the network so it can now serve as a printer.


Derived terms




network (third-person singular simple present networks, present participle networking, simple past and past participle networked)

  1. (intransitive) To interact socially for the purpose of getting connections or personal advancement.
    Many people find it worthwhile to network for jobs and information.
  2. (transitive) To connect two or more computers or other computerized devices.
    If we network his machine to the server, he will be able to see all the files.
  3. (transitive) To interconnect a group or system.