net1 W3 [net] n
2¦(for fishing/catching things)¦
3¦(for sports)¦
4¦(for keeping things out)¦
6 slip through the net
7 fall/slip through the net
8 cast/spread your net wide
[: Old English; Origin: nett]
1.) ¦(INTERNET)¦
the Net also the net
the system that allows millions of computer users around the world to exchange information
= ↑the web
Bruce spends most evenings surfing the Net (=looking at information in different places on the Internet) .
on the Net
You might find something on the Net.
basket, ↑net, ↑reel, ↑rod
something used for catching fish, insects, or animals which is made of threads or wires woven across each other with regular spaces between them
a fishing net
a butterfly net
3.) ¦(FOR SPORTS)¦
a) the thing that players must hit the ball over in games such as tennis
b) the thing behind the posts that players try to kick or hit the ball into in games such as football or ↑hockey
Henry kicked the ball into the back of the net .
something used for keeping things out, for example insects or birds, which is made of threads woven across each other with regular spaces between them
a mosquito net
5.) ¦(MATERIAL)¦[U]
very thin material made from fine threads woven together, with small spaces between
net curtains
6.) slip through the net
if criminals slip through the net, they avoid attempts by the police etc to catch them
7.) fall/slip through the net
if someone or something falls or slips through the net, a system which was designed to help or check them has not succeeded in doing this
In a class of 30 children it is easy for some to slip through the net and learn nothing.
8.) cast/spread your net wide
to consider or try as many things as possible in order to find what you want
Record companies are casting their nets wide in search of new talent.
net 2
net2 also nett BrE adj [only before noun]
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: 'bright, clean'; NEAT]
1.) the net amount is the final amount that remains after all the other amounts have been taken away
The net profit (=after taxes, costs etc) was up 16.3% last month.
The company reported a net loss of $56 million last year.
Vernon estimates the company's net worth at over $8 billion.
The United States is a net importer of beef (=it imports more than it exports) .
2.) net result/effect
the final result or effect of something
The net result will be higher costs to the consumer.
3.) net weight
the weight of something without its container
>net adv
He earns $40,000 net.
jars of coffee weighing 450 grams net
net 3
net3 W2 v past tense and past participle netted present participle netting
[Sense: 1; Date: 1700-1800; Origin: NET2]
[Sense: 2-4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: NET1]
1.) [T] informal
to earn a particular amount of money as a profit after tax has been paid
I was netting around $64,000 a year.
2.) [T]
to succeed in getting something, especially by using your skill
The company has recently netted several large contracts.
An undercover sweep netted 22 suspects in one evening.
3.) [I and T] informal
to hit or kick the ball into the net in sport
Sheringham has netted nine goals for United so far this season.
4.) [T]
to catch a fish in a net
We netted three fish in under an hour.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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