Definition of network in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnetˌwərk/ /ˈnɛtˌwərk/

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  • 1An arrangement of intersecting horizontal and vertical lines.

    ‘a spider constructs a complex network of several different kinds of threads’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘City of York Council said the network of jagged lines in the asphalt surface had been caused by someone apparently driving a Transit van over the new bridge on Sunday evening.’
    • ‘Another important function of the liver is performed by so-called ‘phagocytic’ Kupffer cells, which line the vascular networks.’
    • ‘To the right and left, a waxy black layer has been scraped away in an intricate network of boxy lines, revealing an airy green and blue underlayer.’
    • ‘The cap is velvety, and pale brown; the foot covered with a distinctive network of white lines.’
    • ‘The drawing consists of three loosely defined rectangles, each filled with networks of angular lines overlaid with dark red marker blobs.’
    • ‘When all pairs of points are joined, the resulting network of points and lines is known as a complete graph.’
    • ‘For the mezzotint print, the surface is completely marked with a dense network of lines.’
    • ‘The groups are connected by smaller sets of geometric shapes and a network of yellow lines that resembles a lattice.’
    web, criss-cross, grid, lattice, net, matrix, mesh, webbing, tracery, trellis
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  • 2A group or system of interconnected people or things.

    ‘a trade network’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another network of interconnected balconies allowed women to move about town from roof to roof, so the men in the streets below wouldn't see them.’
    • ‘Similarly, the mortgage bank Abbey National sold its branch network and head office to Mapeley in a deal valued at #465 million.’
    • ‘The existence of trade networks pre-dates recorded history; commercial activities are a fundamental aspect of human existence.’
    • ‘These range from merchant guilds and systems of agricultural organization to regional and international trade networks.’
    • ‘Each world's resources will further our scientific knowledge and daily living, and it is my dream that a network of trade will be set up within our solar system and beyond.’
    • ‘Travis runs a network of 700 branches which trade under a variety of names including Commercial Ceiling Factors and Keyline.’
    • ‘Your alliances, your trade networks, this island - all will remain intact.’
    • ‘The company started its campaign for expansion of its trade network in the country in 2003.’
    • ‘In the 1980s these interconnected networks spread widely, first to universities, and then to other organisations.’
    • ‘Could an interconnected network of democracies, from the local to the global, be the political model of the future?’
    • ‘One of the distinctive features of resistance in Belgium was the important role played by intelligence networks and escape lines for Allied airmen.’
    • ‘Childminding networks can also arrange backup care if your regular childminder is ill.’
    • ‘In fact, racial identity is part of a complex network of intersecting identities that is contextually relevant and fluid.’
    • ‘First, it has a follicular growth pattern with a network of follicular dendritic reticulum cells.’
    • ‘Cervical and brachial plexuses form a network of primary, interlacing nerves.’
    • ‘Scottish Labour's organisational backbone is provided by a series of networks and financial arrangements between the party, unions, councils and the private sector.’
    • ‘The council has a dedicated social services department with a network of care contacts.’
    system, complex, interconnected structure, interconnected system, complex arrangement, complex system, nexus, web
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    1. 2.1A complex system of roads, railroads, or other transportation routes.
      ‘a network of railroads’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘But as road networks become more complex and street furniture more extensive, the costs of changeover have increased.’
      • ‘It was Beeching's axing of much of our railway network in the 1960s that got us partly into the public transport mess we are in now.’
      • ‘We can also see when countries finish developing their road network, as seen in Figure 11.’
      • ‘The Alamein line is one of two branch lines, neatly tucked away in the mid suburbs, that feeds into one of the main lines on the suburban network.’
      • ‘The UK's rail accident rate was in line with the safest networks in Europe.’
      • ‘The action led to severe rail disruptions in and around the Belgian capital, mainly on the busy north-south line of the network.’
      • ‘The Jubilee line is the only one that interconnects with every other line on the tube network.’
      • ‘He said a ‘simplistic response’ would be to reduce the network to those lines that were economically viable.’
      • ‘Nine of the network's twelve lines were totally shut down.’
      • ‘In Japan they built their Shinkansen lines to a different gauge from the rest of the network precisely because it made it impossible for other types of trains to use it.’
      • ‘Think of the power grid as a network of crisscrossing canals, shared by all.’
      • ‘This relatively simple network of lines lies well and truly underground, with steep escalators taking up to two minutes to reach the platform.’
      • ‘But he added that officers in London, on underground and main line networks, were experiencing an increase in calls reporting suspicious packages and activity.’
      • ‘As explained above, a rail network consists of lines and points.’
      • ‘The tram network provided transport links between the streets that made up the main lines of the urban network, as well as important residential and economic areas.’
      • ‘They hack into government databases to get information about transport networks, government agencies and the military.’
      • ‘These made, and continue to make, the city one of the most important interchanges on the rail network, as well as a major destination in its own right for business and for tourism.’
      maze, labyrinth, warren, jungle, tangle
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    2. 2.2A group of people who exchange information, contacts, and experience for professional or social purposes.
      ‘a support network’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She helps families by supplying information and putting them in contact with support networks.’
      • ‘These were people with an extensive network of social contacts.’
      • ‘A plausible explanation for gender disparities in promotion is that women have fewer mentors and professional networks and less collegial support while in the academic medical system.’
      • ‘Vendors were contacted through social networks, family, and friends as well as common knowledge of people and places, particularly pubs where contraband was available.’
      • ‘These specific effects complement the generally observed improvements in wellbeing and reduced use of health care associated with social support networks.’
      • ‘Depression, anxiety, and disruption of social support networks have been associated with menstrual pain.’
      • ‘And likewise, the multifaceted nature of people's social networks could be directly supported in this way.’
      • ‘Wouldn't accepting the link negate the whole purpose of a social network?’
      • ‘Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to examine social support networks between drug using and nondrug-using welfare recipients.’
      • ‘The social support of family networks obviously plays a role in this, but the quality of the marriage is also important.’
      • ‘Can I ask you, are there any formal or informal support networks in the Metropolitan Police for female staff?’
      • ‘Previous research has also determined that Asians and Asian Americans tend to seek help from social networks rather than from professionals such as counselors.’
      • ‘I challenge the thousand of you who read Brain Waves each day to use your social networks for this purpose.’
      • ‘Also, encourage support networks and social connections through teams and community organizations to serve as an extra resource.’
      • ‘Common Purpose wants to hear from senior decision-makers of small and growing businesses who could benefit from new networks and exposure to different ways of solving problems.’
      • ‘Many sites offer forums for the fans to discuss the band, their music and other stuff, but some go further, setting up pen-pal networks between fans in different countries.’
      • ‘As of now, the priority for CIE is setting up a wide teacher training network and arranging a support network.’
    3. 2.3A group of broadcasting stations that connect for the simultaneous broadcast of a program.
      as modifier ‘network television’
      • ‘the introduction of a second TV network’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the time of the phone call, there were 2,391 adults viewing broadcast network television.’
      • ‘Broadcast networks quickly returned to basketball games and highly rated sitcoms and Oscar ceremonies, and were only mildly criticized.’
      • ‘Bells from Rome's town hall, the Campidoglio, tolled at midday as television networks interrupted programmes to show footage of New York's devastation, without commentary.’
      • ‘Major TV networks cancelled interviews with the crew.’
      • ‘NLL games are broadcast in Canada by cable sports networks The Score and Rogers SportsNet.’
      • ‘The biggest skateboard stars are now regular performers on the sports network ESPN and on MTV.’
      • ‘The Forum is also shopping around to other networks another program called Finally Home as a possible midseason replacement.’
      • ‘Such a stance makes most of the mainstream sitcoms on the broadcast networks inappropriate for rerunning on Comedy Central.’
      • ‘The television networks broadcast rolling news without advertising breaks on the day of the crisis.’
      • ‘For the CBS network the final program of the current series of Survivor boosted ratings and did very well for Nine in Australia.’
      • ‘If you went and did - as the Media Research Center has done - clips of what is said on the broadcast networks you would find an enormous tilt to the left.’
      • ‘Produced by the BBC's network current affairs unit in Manchester, Real Story will have a three series run of 28 programmes.’
      • ‘The major news networks experience massive drops in ratings and are put on the market by their corporate owners.’
      • ‘For the first few days the three major cable news networks eschewed advertising, giving us the appearance that they were donating their public services gratis.’
      • ‘They usually leave this live breaking stuff to the cable news networks these days.’
      • ‘And when the homemaker turned CEO left prison early Friday morning, the cable networks all took it live.’
      • ‘Though the bottom line for the networks would likely be significantly reduced with less advertisers investing in each hour of their day.’
    4. 2.4A number of interconnected computers, machines, or operations.
      ‘specialized computers that manage multiple outside connections to a network’
      • ‘a local cellular phone network’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once it's on your network, you can watch full screen streaming TV on any computer in your local network.’
      • ‘Scientists needed to come up with a new generation of computers, networks, and storage devices that would look after themselves.’
      • ‘Overland Data is a global supplier of data storage and storage automation solutions for computer networks.’
      • ‘Some of POL's corporate clients have dozens of computers on their private networks where they need Internet access.’
      • ‘This small piece of software uses computer networks and security holds to replicate itself.’
      • ‘For that you can get a presentation on computer networks by Joseph Licklider or a book of machine translation, or various other assorted goods.’
      • ‘Phipps said that in the Internet world where the network truly is the computer, closed protocols have no place.’
      • ‘Your company has a firewall, but criminal hackers often access internal networks without a computer.’
      • ‘He's also building on the concepts of local and wide area computer networks.’
      • ‘Over recent months, regular email spammers have used networks of compromised machines to disseminate spam.’
      • ‘The second wave is syntactic: attacks against the operating logic of computers and networks.’
      • ‘They have an office in Sandyford in Dublin, but we've designed a computer network for their operation in Pinewood Studios in London.’
      • ‘Adware maker 180 solutions has sued seven former distributors for using networks of compromised computers to surreptitiously install its software on users' PCs.’
      • ‘It isn't going to be long before every electronic device that we own is going to automatically connect to global communications networks as a matter of course.’
      • ‘The Batley solution enables video-communication via portable devices, using connections slowed down by ordinary phone lines and old mobile networks.’
      • ‘Solar bursts, or so-called ‘solar storms’, can disrupt terrestrial communication networks, power grids and data lines.’
      • ‘Shorn of its mobile cash cow, the company has been forced to concentrate on upgrading its fixed line network.’
    5. 2.5A system of connected electrical conductors.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The Turkish side also promised to study the possibility of connecting the electricity networks of the two countries, in case of fulfilling the third stage.’
      • ‘Almost all Iraqi households are connected to an electricity network, with little variance between urban and rural areas.’


  • 1with object Connect as or operate with a network.

    • ‘the stock exchanges have proven to be resourceful in networking these deals’
    1. 1.1Link (computers or other machines) to operate interactively.
      ‘more and more PCs are networked together’
      • ‘networked workstations’
  • 2no object Interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

    • ‘it's so important to network when starting a new business’