Definition of network in English:


Syllabification: net·work
Pronunciation: /ˈnetˌwərk


  • 1An arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines.
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    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • 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.



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  • 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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