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Definition of 'net'


  1. a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
       Synonyms: internet cyberspace
  2. a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
  3. the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
       Synonyms: net income net profit lucre profit profits earnings
  4. a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
  5. game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
  6. an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
       Synonyms: network mesh meshing meshwork


  1. make as a net profit; "The company cleared $1 million"
       Synonyms: sack sack up clear
  2. yield as a net profit; "This sale netted me $1 million"
       Synonyms: clear
  3. construct or form a web, as if by weaving
       Synonyms: web
  4. catch with a net; "net a fish"
       Synonyms: nett


  1. remaining after all deductions; "net profit"
       Synonyms: nett
       Antonyms: gross
  2. conclusive in a process or progression; "the final answer"; "a last resort"; "the net result"
       Synonyms: final last

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