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Net  (nt)
The Internet.
Usage Note: The word Net is usually capitalized when used as a noun in referring to the Internet, as opposed simply to computer networks of any type. Thus we might speak of one of the most frequently visited sites on the Net but tools for net navigation, since the latter might include tools that are designed for use on networks other than the Internet.

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net 1  (nt)
1. An openwork fabric made of threads or cords that are woven or knotted together at regular intervals.
2. Something made of openwork fabric, especially:
a. A device for capturing birds, fish, or insects.
b. A barrier against flying insects.
c. A mesh for holding the hair in place.
d. Something that entraps; a snare.
e. A fine mesh fabric used as curtain or dress material or as the foundation for various laces.
3. Sports
a. A barrier of meshwork cord or rope strung between two posts to divide a court in half, as in tennis and badminton.
b. A ball that is hit into this meshwork barrier.
c. The goal in soccer, hockey, and lacrosse.
d. The cord meshwork attached to the hoop of a basket in basketball.
4. A meshed network of lines, figures, or fibers.
5. A radio, television, or telephone network.
6. Computer Science See network.
tr.v. net·ted, net·ting, nets
1. To catch or ensnare in or as if in a net.
2. To cover, protect, or surround with or as if with a net.
3. Sports To hit (a ball) into the net.
4. To make into a net.

[Middle English, from Old English; see ned- in Indo-European roots.]

netter n.

net 2  (nt)
1. Business
a. Remaining after all deductions have been made, as for expenses: net profit.
b. Remaining after tare is deducted: net weight.
2. Ultimate; final: the net result.
1. Business A net amount, as of profit or weight.
2. The main point; the essence: the net of our discussion.
tr.v. net·ted, net·ting, nets
1. To bring in or yield as profit.
2. To clear as profit.

[Middle English, elegant, remaining after deductions, from Old French, elegant, and from Old Italian netto, remaining after deductions, both from Latin nitidus, clean, elegant; see neat1.]

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