- 1A length of open-meshed material made of twine, cord, rope, or something similar, used typically for catching fish or other animals.More example sentences
- He fished with a golden net drawn by cords woven of purple and scarlet threads.
- A good fisherman weaves his own nets with twine and a needle made of whalebone.
- The guides had the students assist with the gathering of the mud samples, water samples, and catching fish and other sea animals with a net.
- 1.1A 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.More example sentences
- In the margins of the lake, I taught little Felix to hunt with an insect net.
- Other items, such as insect nets, were in short supply in the theater.
- If necessary, use an insect net to guard against the adults flying away.
- 1.2A length of open-meshed material supported on a frame and forming part of the goal in various games such as soccer and hockey: he turned Wilson’s cross into the netMore example sentences
- Unable to find the net in either game, goals remain a problem.
- Following a run of six successive wins, Paul Simpson's men have taken just one point from their last two matches and failed to find the net in both games.
- However, they had to wait till late in the game to find the net.
- 1.3A 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.More example sentences
- When her kids were growing up, Dale Kephart always had volleyball and badminton nets set up in the backyard.
- Gone will be the trampolines, table tennis tables and badminton nets that occupy the main auditorium on weekday nights when there is no concert.
- Before they took it away I suggested putting up two basketball posts and nets with goal posts underneath them like most other areas have but my pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
- 2A fine fabric with a very open weave: [as modifier]: net curtainsMore example sentences
- Selecting a modern look, Deepika has chosen mostly chiffons, gossamer net, silk and georgettes for her debut at LIFW.
- Fabrics are given the technological touch with the use of rubberised velvet and wool, mirrored wool crepe, stretch net, organza and spider beaded georgette.
- Cut the front stay from a firmly woven cotton blend for light control or from mediumweight, girdle-like power net fabric for firm control.
- 3A system or procedure for catching or entrapping someone; a trap: the search was delayed, allowing the murderers to escape the netMore example sentences
- You have so much trapped yourself in a net of words, of speculations that the feeling itself, which is the only thing that is deep and vital in us, is lost.
- Up to 7,500 civil servants have such an arrangement in Dublin and elsewhere in the country, but the car spaces have escaped the Ministers' net.
- Finally, many criminals escape the judicial net, even though in the public eye they are criminals.
- 3.1A system or procedure for selecting or recruiting someone: he spread his net far and wide in his search for successMore example sentences
- The co-operative intend to spread their net of membership as wide as possible among individuals and groups interested in the rural economy and rural development.
- The festival will spread its net wide across the six major cities of Scotland - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.
- Homeloans began as a broadly based financial services brokerage, but after six months Curry and Gavin realised they were spreading their net too wide.
- 4A network, in particular.More example sentences
- The hack will continue until the entire P2P net is, itself, taken down by the collateral damage.
- And with the advantage the Republicans have on the cable nets, talk radio and chat TV shows, the odds are stacked in their favor.
- In a moment, the word was flashing across radio and TV nets to military officials and private citizens.
- 4.1A communications or broadcasting network: the radio net was brought to life with a maydayMore example sentences
- After someone gives the warning of an enemy in the area, the enemy's location and disposition is then broadcasted over the radio net.
- And because the call was placed into a patch unit, it allowed us to link that net into other radio nets or telephone lines.
- What types of radios and nets are we going to communicate with?
- 4.2A network of interconnected computers: a computer news netMore example sentences
- Maybe H. Zuckerman, presumably a tough cop, was refusing to give her name so they could look up her vital statistics on various computer nets.
- In Europe, prosecutors have brought cases against the alleged online attackers suspected of creating networks of compromised computers, known as bot nets.
- The same could happen with the net - we'll have national nets with firewalls and exorbitant charges.
- 4.3 (the Net) The Internet.More example sentences
- Instead, these people have opted to use phone books or the Net to look-up numbers.
- Now with the Net, we can get identity theft and stolen Internet access into the bargain.
- Of those Net users quizzed, eight out of ten said they used the Net to search for information and for email.
verb (nets, netted, netting)[with object] Back to top
- 1Catch or land (a fish or other animal) with a net.More example sentences
- They might catch the fish or net the bird but not consume it.
- As we were quite high up from the water we used a landing net with a twelve foot long telescopic handle so that we could safely net any fish that we caught.
- I netted a beast, all 11 lb 10 oz of it, from the York water at Beningbrough Park last Friday.
- 1.1Fish with nets in (a river): he has netted the creeks and found them clogged with fishMore example sentences
- If you see any one netting the river or killing Pike over 3 kilo then report it.
- How often I heard the stories of the poachers, pronounced poochers, who netted the river for salmon to the disgust of the rod-men and the local boatmen.
- In the past I have reported about the illegal netting of lakes and rivers across Ireland.
- 1.2Acquire or obtain as if with a net: customs officials have netted large caches of drugsMore example sentences
- Acting on a tip, Pattaya police were quickly in and out of the Night Market in South Pattaya and their big bust smothered a small time dealer, netting a cache of pornographic video CDs.
- The sweep was successful in netting a large cache or weapons, explosives, ammunition, and other equipment.
- In the ensuing days, a number of people were netted after stringent customs regulations and tightened security were put into effect.
- 2(In sports) hit or kick (a ball or puck) into the net; score (a goal): in six years Wright has netted 177 goals [no object]: Aldridge netted twiceMore example sentences
- Gilbert Mushangazhike, the visitors' leading goal scorer, netted twice in the first half, but missed a penalty in the second half.
- Whilst they are hardly prolific scorers netting only six goals, their defence has done well in only conceding eight goals the least number of goals conceded, a sorry sight when your team cannot find goals.
- Shanahan already has scored 20 goals after netting only 31 goals and 58 points last season.
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- Pole tactics can build up nice netfuls of bream, perch and rudd.
- So each netful was a complete package of sorts, containing one readily identifiable adult male and many mother-infant pairs.
- Guys were getting big netfuls at the base of the dam with little effort.
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- Patrol boats and helicopters sometimes entangle fugitive vessels by firing a netlike device into the water in front of it.
- Etched into the surface of that mirror-flat basin was a netlike pattern of polygons bearing a remarkable resemblance to the ones I'd just seen in the frost-shaped landscape of northwestern Alaska.
- When battles happen, the netlike web of human experience suffers a pull that causes the whole to distort from what would have been its dimensions otherwise.
Old English net, nett, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch net and German Netz.
- 1(Of an amount, value, or price) remaining after a deduction, such as tax or a discount, has been made: net earnings per share rose the net worth of the business Often contrasted with gross ( sense 2 of the adjective).More example sentences
- And it's a big boost to the bottomline with net value addition per person being 10-15 times the amount it is for BPOs.
- Canary Wharf said its net value per share increased from £5.18 to £6.78 in the year to June.
- Where 15% UK tax was deducted, the net amount received is liable to Irish tax.
- 1.1(Of a price) to be paid in full; not reducible.More example sentences
- The first definition of dumping focuses on price discrimination - the selling of identical goods at different net prices in different markets.
- 1.2(Of a weight) excluding that of the packaging or container.More example sentences
- Under the Bill consumers must only be charged on a net weight basis - that is, without any packaging included in the stated weight or price.
- The enhanced net weight is partly created by the lack of fungal disease in the plants, since less fungal disease means that the plants need less trimming.
- Additionally, tags will have the manufacturer's name and address, as well as the guarantee on the net weight of the feed contained in the bag.
- 1.3(Of a score in golf) adjusted to take account of a player’s handicap.More example sentences
- The boys team from Scoil Muire agus Padraig took home the prize for best nett score at the Connacht Schools Golf Championships played at the Ballina Course.
- There was an interesting scenario last Saturday with a great prize for the best nett score of three nights and two days and golf at Noosaville with the winner to be present.
- Stockley also lifted the Founders Cup for the best nett score when he shot a gross 83 off a handicap of 19.
- 2(Of an effect or result) final or overall: the net result is the sameMore example sentences
final, end, ultimate, closing; overall, actual, effective
- The net effect of these factors is the accumulation of a large foreign debt by the Middle Eastern countries.
- If the profit of one division increases with a corresponding decrease to another division the net overall effect is the same for the single entity and hence, the shareholders.
- These improvements might be the net effect of two factors: starting treatment at earlier stages of disease, or better treatment for a given stage.
verb (nets, netting, netted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Acquire or obtain (a sum of money) as clear profit: they sold their 20% stake, netting a huge profit in the processMore example sentences
- The CA president netted the sum less than a fortnight after the US software company issued a profit warning which sent its share price plummeting.
- In 1861, the two women had staged a fundraiser that netted the paltry sum of $675.
- He also netted pension contributions and other perks of €68,000.
- 1.1 [with two objects] Return (profit or income) for (someone): the land netted its owner a turnover of $800,000More example sentences
- They sold a five-storey house in central London overlooking St James's Park for £5.7m in 2004, netting them £3.7m profit.
- Council chiefs have confirmed the 105-year-old club has approached them to discuss the potential relocation that would net them millions of pounds.
- Komarnitski earned third place in the annual Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award, netting him prize money of $3000.
- 1.2 (net something down/off/out) Exclude a non-net amount, such as tax, when making a calculation, in order to reduce the amount left to a net sum: the scrap or salvage value should be netted off against the original purchase priceMore example sentences
- The flows are netted out for each year, and discounted by the going interest rate.
- Competitive tendering as an alternative to negotiated contracts has been shown in a number of contexts to yield cost savings (for a given level of service) before administrative charges are netted out of 20% on average.
- If you try to net them down they tell us two things.
Middle English (in the senses 'clean' and 'smart'): from French net 'neat'; see neat1. The sense 'free from deductions' is first recorded in late Middle English commercial documents.