There are 2 definitions of net in English:

net1

Syllabification: net

noun

  • 1A length of open-meshed material made of twine, cord, rope, or something similar, used typically for catching fish or other animals.
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    • 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.
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  • 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.
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    • 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 net
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.4A safety net: he felt like a tightrope-walker without a net
  • 2A fine fabric with a very open weave: [as modifier]: net curtains
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    • 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.
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  • 3A system or procedure for catching or entrapping someone; a trap: the search was delayed, allowing the murderers to escape the net
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    • 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.
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  • 3.1A system or procedure for selecting or recruiting someone: he spread his net far and wide in his search for success
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    • 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.
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    • 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 mayday
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    • 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 net
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    • 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.
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    • 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)

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  • 1Catch or land (a fish or other animal) with a net.
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    • 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 fish
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    • 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 drugs
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    catch, capture, trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, bag, hook, land
    informal nab, collar
  • 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 twice
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    • 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.
  • 3Cover with a net: we fenced off a rabbit-proof area for vegetables and netted the top

Derivatives

netful

Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural netfuls)
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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.

netlike

adjective
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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.

Origin

Old English net, nett, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch net and German Netz.

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There are 2 definitions of net in English:

net2

Syllabification: net

adjective

  • 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).
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    after tax, after deductions, take-home, final
    informal bottom line
  • 1.1(Of a price) to be paid in full; not reducible.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 same
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    final, end, ultimate, closing; overall, actual, effective

verb (nets, netting, netted)

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  • 1Acquire or obtain (a sum of money) as clear profit: they sold their 20% stake, netting a huge profit in the process
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    earn, make, get, gain, obtain, acquire, accumulate, clear, take home, bring in, pocket, realize, be paid
    informal rake in
  • 1.1 [with two objects] Return (profit or income) for (someone): the land netted its owner a turnover of $800,000
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    • 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 price
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    • 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.

Origin

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.

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