Definition of network in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnetˌwərk/


1An arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines.
Example sentences
  • From the scene before him, he evolved a network of heavy criss-cross lines, the intervals between which were filled with colour as if seen behind a lattice.
  • It is a luminous network of lines, floating in three dimensions in a crystal glass cube.
  • Smiling is a dangerous business, leaving as it does a network of fine lines round the nose and mouth, but she figures she can risk it; this is a special day, after all.
web, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, crisscross, grid, reticulum, reticulation;
Anatomy  plexus
1.1A complex system of roads, railroads, or other transportation routes: a network of railroads
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  • ‘Carlow is very well located and already has excellent transport links via the national road and rail networks,’ said Mr. Bruton.
  • This paper examines the typical travel time impacts of various bus priority measures to assist in the selection of appropriate treatments for particular road networks.
  • The scientists say the rain forests are made vulnerable to clear-cutting by the networks of access roads left behind by logging operations.
maze, labyrinth, warren, tangle
2A group or system of interconnected people or things: a trade network
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  • The nation state is a political and economic and social system, an interconnected network of interacting individuals.
  • Some findings, for example those on intercolonial trade networks based on family and religious connections, revisit relatively familiar material.
  • It was established in 1991 and has since built a nation-wide network of regional branches.
system, complex, nexus, web, webwork
2.1A group of people who exchange information, contacts, and experience for professional or social purposes: a support network
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  • The other aspect underscores the elaboration of such social networks as professional associations.
  • If the former is your choice, contact professionals through your network at the Postal Service.
  • ‘It's using social networks not for commercial purposes, but because people feel strongly enough to get involved,’ insists Dave Balter.
2.2A group of broadcasting stations that connect for the simultaneous broadcast of a program: the introduction of a second TV network [as modifier]: network television
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  • News chiefs from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC television networks pledged to vet incoming feeds and not broadcast them live.
  • Back here in the U.S., two of the major broadcast television networks are getting into the pay per view business.
  • The one-hour live show will air on six broadcast networks and several cable stations.
2.3A number of interconnected computers, machines, or operations: specialized computers that manage multiple outside connections to a network a local cellular phone network
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  • You see, the Internet is a large network of inter-connected computers.
  • Computer workstations, networks, and graphical user interfaces were all invented by Xerox just in case the world traded paper for computer screens.
  • Of companies surveyed, two in five rely on extensive networks of laptop computers used by employees who work remotely.
2.4A system of connected electrical conductors.
Example sentences
  • Islay has pioneered the use of small-scale wind turbines in homes and micro-grids, small-scale electrical networks that stand apart from the national grid.
  • The electrical network in Butterworth belongs to the municipality and Eskom is investing this money on risk.
  • This will control a network of electrical elements, buried in shallow trenches running from Cape Wrath to Land's End.


[with object]
1Connect as or operate with a network: the stock exchanges have proven to be resourceful in networking these deals
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  • This is what it means to say that the social field is networked, connected, rather than a matter of place, sites, and home.
  • Never before had the top-down world of presidential campaigning been opened to a bottom-up, laterally networked community of ordinary voters.
  • Jackie Manatt created and manages a database that keeps Manatt's ‘extended family’ of Ph.D. students connected and networked.
1.1Link (machines, especially computers) to operate interactively: (as adjective networked) networked workstations
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  • First thing you should know is, all of them will get you online or network your computers together.
  • It will feature high-end multimedia workstations, networked wireless laptops and express-type terminals.
  • Now, we have unified logon from any networked computer.
1.2 [no object] (often as noun networking) Interact with other people to exchange information and develop contacts, especially to further one’s career: the skills of networking, bargaining, and negotiation
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  • Meetings permit exchange of ideas and knowledge, professional development, and networking, while financially sustaining sponsors.
  • When you don't share office space with people, things like networking and exchanging information tend to dry up.
  • There'll be a wide variety of workshops, discussions, skills sharing, networking, campaign information and socialising.



Pronunciation: /ˈnetˌwərkəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • By sticking an Ethernet port into the base of the phone you could immediately use it to connect to printers or any non-WiFi enabled networkable device.
  • It's networkable, so Gnat can print off pages from her computer downstairs to color at her leisure.
  • The system is networkable for communication to remote monitoring agencies through wired and/or wireless network communications and devices.

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Syllabification: net·work

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