• A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
    A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj net conclusive in a process or progression "the final answer","a last resort","the net result"
    • adj net remaining after all deductions "net profit"
    • v net catch with a net "net a fish"
    • v net construct or form a web, as if by weaving
    • v net make as a net profit "The company cleared $1 million"
    • v net yield as a net profit "This sale netted me $1 million"
    • n net a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
    • n net an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    • n net a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
    • n net game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
    • n net a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
    • n net the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Fisherman Put His Hand into the Net The Fisherman Put His Hand into the Net
The dolphins drive the fish into the nets The dolphins drive the fish into the nets
Babies dangling fishing net Babies dangling fishing net
Crossed fishing nets Crossed fishing nets
He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes He felt the net very heavy; and lifted it out quickly, with Tom all entangled in the meshes
Babies holding a net Babies holding a net

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1987, Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first NHL goalie to score a goal. Actually, Ron Hextall was the first NHL goalie to score a goal by shooting the puck towards the opposing team's net in 1987. Billy Smith was the first goalie credited with a goal in 1979 when his clearing pass hit an opposing skater and went into the other team's goal.
    • Net A fabric of twine, thread, or the like, wrought or woven into meshes, and used for catching fish, birds, butterflies, etc.
    • Net (Geom) A figure made up of a large number of straight lines or curves, which are connected at certain points and related to each other by some specified law.
    • Net A network.
    • Net Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding. "A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.""In the church's net there are fishes good or bad."
    • Net Anything wrought or woven in meshes; as, a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net.
    • Net Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat; as, net wine, etc.
    • Net Not including superfluous, incidental, or foreign matter, as boxes, coverings, wraps, etc.; free from charges, deductions, etc; as, net profit; net income; net weight, etc.
    • Net The internet; -- usually the net; as, I found it on the net .
    • v. i Net To form network or netting; to knit.
    • Net To inclose or cover with a net; as, to net a tree.
    • Net To make into a net; to make in the style of network; as, to net silk.
    • v. t Net To produce or gain as clear profit; as, he netted a thousand dollars by the operation.
    • Net To take in a net; to capture by stratagem or wile. "And now I am here, netted and in the toils."
    • Net Without spot; pure; shining. "Her breast all naked as net ivory."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first safety feature for an automobile was invented in 1908 by John O'Leary. He patented a large net, to be installed on the front fender, to scoop pedestrians out of the way before they could be run over.
    • n net An open textile fabric, of cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or other material, tied or woven with a mesh of any size, designed or used for catching animals alive, either by inclosing or by entangling them; a netting or network used as a snare or trap. Nets are of high antiquity, and there are almost as many kinds of them as there are ways in which a piece of netting or a network can be adapted to the capture of animals. It is characteristic of nets to take the game alive, either by surrounding or inclosing it as in a bag or by entangling” it in meshes. Many kinds of net are described and named—from the nature of the game, as, bird-nets, butterfly-nets, fish-nets; from the way in which the game is taken, as, gill-net, gilling-net; from the way in which the net is handled or worked, as. beating-net, dip-net, draw-net, drag-net, drift-net, drop-net, hand-net, landing-net, set net, stake-net, scoop-net; from the shape of the netting, as, bag-net, purse-net, etc. In the fisheries in which nets are most used, many of them take other names, as fyke, pound, seine, weir, trap. (See these words and the above compounds.) Nets range in size from a few inches to a mile or more: thus, seines have been made reaching (with the ropes which haul them) 5 miles, and sweeping more than 1,000 acres of water-bottom. The material ranges from the finest silk, muslin, etc., to stout cordage; gut or sinew is sometimes used. The mesh is always made with a fixed, not running, knot. The appliances of nets are numerous: as, buoys or buoy-lines to float one border of the net or indicate the whereabouts of a net under water; sinkers, leads, or leadlines to sink one bolder of the net to the bottom of the water; cords or ropes for setting, stretching, hauling, pursing, etc., often worked by mechanical contrivances, as a windlass operated by horse- or steam-power; poles or stakes for setting, etc. In some kinds of set-nets or weirs the staking or paling is so extensive in comparison with the netting that the contrivance is converted into a wooden trap, and is, in fact, called a trap. See net, transitive verb, 2.
    • n net Figuratively, a snare or device for entrapping or misleading in any way; a moral or mental trap or entanglement.
    • n net A light open woven fabric, as gauze or muslin, worn or used its a protection from annoying insects: as, a mosquito- net spread over a bed.
    • n net Machine-made lace of many kinds. The varieties of machine-net formerly made were whip-net, mail-net, patent net, drop-net, spider-net, balloon-net. The modern varieties, named according to the kind of mesh employed, are warp-net, point-net, and bobbin-net. Broad net is woven as wide as the machine will allow. Quillings are narrow widths, several being made at one time in the breadth of the machine. Fancy net has a gimp pattern worked in by hand (called lace-darning) or by the Jacquard attachment.
    • n net A light open meshed bag for holding or confining the hair. Some are made of threads so fine that they are called invisible nets.
    • n net Anything formed with interstices or meshes like a net.
    • n net In anatomy and zoology, a reticulation or cancellation; a network of anastomosing or inosculating filaments or vessels; a web or mesh; a rete.
    • n net In mathematics, a rectilinear figure drawn as follows. For a plane net, four points in a plane are assumed, and through pairs of them, and of points subsequently obtained as intersections of lines, straight lines are drawn. For a net in space, five points are assumed, through triads of which, and of points subsequently obtained as intersections of three planes, planes are drawn.
    • n net A machine-made ground imitating the above.
    • net Made of netting: as, a net fence.
    • net Resembling netting; having a structure which is like netting—that is, one which has open meshes, large in proportion to the thickness of the threads.
    • net Caught in a net; netted: as, net fish.
    • net Reticulate or cancellate; netted or net-veined, as an insect's wings.
    • net Decorative work done upon net, but not strictly needlework, as muslin appliqué (which see, under muslin).
    • net To make as a net; make network of; form into a netting; mesh; knot or weave in meshes.
    • net To capture or take with a net, as game; insnare, entangle, or entrap in or by means of network, as any animal. Quadrupeds are not often netted, traps or snares or guns being commonly used for their capture. Birds are netted in several different ways: by springing a net over them; by driving them into a winged and tunneled net, as ducks; by the use of a hand-net on a pole, as in taking insects; and by entangling them in the meshes of a spread net. Fishes, including shellfish, are netted by every device which can be put into effect by means of network. The use of the net in these cases is, however, in one of two leading methods, entangling and inclosing. In the former of these, the fish swims against a vertical sheet of netting, finds the mesh too small to go through, and is caught by the gills in trying to back out. Insects are netted by collectors in one of two ways: with the butterfly-net, which is a very light bag of silk, gauze, etc., on a frame and pole; and with the beating-net, a bag of stout cloth or light canvas on a frame, with a short handle, used to beat or brush the grass and bushes. See net, n.
    • net To take as if with a net; capture by arts, wiles, or stratagems; entangle in difficulty; beguile.
    • net To put into or surround with a net for protection or safe-keeping; hold in place by means of a net, as one's hair; veil or cover, as the head with a net; spread a net over or around, as a fruit-tree to keep off the birds, or a bed to keep out mosquitos.
    • net To make nets or form network; be occupied in knotting or weaving a suitable material into netting.
    • net To use the net in capturing game as an art or industry: as, he nets for a living.
    • net Clear; pure; unadulterated; neat: as, net (unadulterated) wines.
    • net Clear of anything extraneous; with all deductions (such as charges, expenses, discounts, commissions, taxes, etc.) made: as, net profits or earnings; net proceeds; net weight.
    • net Lowest; not subject to further deduction or discount: as, these prices are net.
    • net To gain or produce as clear profit: as, to net a thousand dollars in a business transaction; the sale netted a hundred dollars.
    • n net In cricket, an open fabric of twine placed so as to enable batsmen to practise without inconveniencing one another.
    • n net In mining, a heavy leather harness used for lowering or raising horses in a shaft.
    • net Abbreviations of the Italian netto, free from all deductions.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive, so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
    • n Net net an open fabric of twine, &c., knotted into meshes for catching birds, fishes, &c.: anything like a net for keeping out insects, &c.: a meshed bag for holding a woman's hair: machine-made lace of various kinds: a snare: a difficulty
    • adj Net made of netting or resembling it, reticulate: caught in a net
    • v.t Net to form into network: to take with a net: to protect with a net, to veil
    • v.i Net to form network:—pr.p. net′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. net′ted
    • adj Net net clear of all charges or deductions—opp. to Gross: lowest, subject to no further deductions
    • v.t Net to produce as clear profit:—pr.p. net′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. net′ted
    • ***


  • Julie Cameron
    Julie Cameron
    “Leap, and the net will appear.”
  • Thorstein Veblen
    Thorstein Veblen
    “It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community.”
  • Errol Flynn
    Errol Flynn
    “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
  • Al Di Guido
    Al Di Guido
    “The ides of surfing the net -- I don't know who called it that -- it's more like slogging through the net.”
  • Mother Teresa
    “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love”


Cast your net widely - If you cast your net widely, you use a wide range of sources when trying to find something.
Slip through the net - If something slips through the net, it isn't noticed or avoids detection.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. net,; akin to D. net, OS. net, netti, OHG. nezzi, G. netz, Icel. & Dan. net, Sw. nät, Goth. nati,; of uncertain origin


In literature:

Tess did not fancy netting nights.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Roland suddenly caught sight of some shrimping nets hanging against the wall.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
Of them all, I could most easily make the net, perhaps, of vines.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
Each vessel shoots out about two miles of net, while some French ones will shoot out five miles.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Nets and lines were seen in every direction on the rocks, left to dry or ready to be mended.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Janet followed, trailing her fish net robe and humming lightly.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
The other end of this cord was tied to the net, at one of its corners.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Here, come forward and move that sail and those nets.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
Many of them bore the scars of the nets in which they had been captured.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Only with a net that was woven by magic.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum

In poetry:

Net sil u tvari podnebesnoj
Dlya platonicheskoj lyubvi:
Kto angel - tot po nej zhivi,
Zatem, chto angel - bestelesnoj!
"Platonizm" by Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov
But ther is One, hears ivvery grooan,
We needn't to remind Him;
An He'll net leeav thi all alooan;
God give thee grace to find Him!
"That Drabbled Brat" by John Hartley
We were, like birds, caught in the net,
Which Satan for our souls had set —
The net, wherein inclos'd we lay,
Christ broke — and we flew far away.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
Eyes aloft, over dangerous places,
The children follow the butterflies,
And, in the sweat of their upturned faces,
Slash with a net at the empty skies.
"Butterflies" by Rudyard Kipling
Careful he is his rabbit-nets to place
Where many paths of rabbits' feet bear trace.
Stalwart the man and bold! 'tis plain to see
He to his prince companion good would be.
"Praise Of A Rabbit-Catcher" by Confucius
Now the creeping nets of sleep
Stretch about and gather nigh,
And the midnight dim and deep
Like a spirit passes by,
Trailing from her crystal dress
Dreams and silent frostiness.
"Before Sleep" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Junior Antoine Williams started at the net for Tabor and registered six saves as the Bluejays were out-shot, 14-10 and 7-5 with shots-on-goal.
The Nets owner is the subject of a new biographical comic book by Bluewater Productions that was.
Sunday's loss pushed the New Jersey Nets' Vince Carter to the boiling point .
Rick Giase/EPA Vince Carter, here driving past ex-Net Kenyon Martin Tuesday, scored 41 points in the loss to the L.A.
Tiffany Hollis is a presence in the nets.
Write him at or @fakedansavage on Twitter.
With a name like Bonefish Grill, you might expect a place to be draped in angler's nets and stuffed to the gills with antique tackle and lures.
Mark's Last Stand: the bookstore turns to crowdfunding (
Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn postponed.
NBA "assessing" whether to postpone Knicks-Nets opener because of Sandy.
Net Worth $1.5 billion Source Manufacturing, Self made.
NET RESULT, ZERO: Think New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has had a tough few weeks.
MGP Ingredients Reports 3Q Net Income of $418,000 Compared to $5.5 Million Net Loss in 3Q 2011.
PACCAR achieved its 71st consecutive year of net profit and reported improved fourth quarter revenues and net income compared to the third quarter of 2009, says Mark C Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer.
(NYSE: TNH) today reported net earnings of $131.8 million on net sales of $181.1 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

In science:

Thus, the maximum entropy under the constraint of constant net magnetization is S (B0 , J = 0, T ), where B0 is the value of the external field such that M (B0 , J = 0, T ) = M (B , J, T ).
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
This is not true for this simple case of a paramagnet, for which the entropy can be written simply in terms of the total number of spins and the net magnetization.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Since the total number of spins and the net magnetization must then be the same for the equilibrium and the nonequilibrium case, the entropies are the same, and we have maximum “disorder” and vanishing Γαβ .
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
In the second case, the rate is very small and the net stabilizes in the disordered phase with selfoverlap lower than 1.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks
And vice-versa: the proposed method in this article works in this type of binary neural nets.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks