net

A net is a device, made of fabric or rope stitched together, used to catch things such as fish or butterflies. Net can also refer to profits.

There are many nets, but two kinds have to do with catching things and making profit. The first net is like a fisherman's net: it's a type of meshing (meaning it has holes) made from rope or wire. This net is used to catch fish, and the holes allow the water to pour out. Also, someone's net worth is how much money they have. A net profit is a company’s earnings. A larger net means more money.

Primary Meanings of net

1.
nv
an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
construct or form a web, as if by weaving
2.
n
a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
3.
nvadj
the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
yield as a net profit
conclusive in a process or progression
Full Definitions of net
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n an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

Synonyms:
mesh, meshing, meshwork, network
Types:
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chicken wire
a galvanized wire network with a hexagonal mesh; used to build fences
gauze, netting, veiling
a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
hairnet
a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place
reseau
a net or mesh foundation for lace
safety net
a large strong net to catch circus acrobats who fall or jump from a trapeze
save-all
a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
snood
an ornamental net in the shape of a bag that confines a woman's hair; pins or ties at the back of the head
spark arrester, sparker
a wire net to stop sparks from an open fireplace or smokestack
tulle
a fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns
grillwork, wirework
mesh netting made of wires
cheesecloth
a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
gossamer
a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

n a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)

Types:
cage
the net that is the goal in ice hockey
Type of:
goal
game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points

n game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton

Types:
volleyball net
the high net that separates the two teams and over which the volleyball must pass
Type of:
game equipment
equipment or apparatus used in playing a game

n a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects

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brail
a small net used to draw fish into a boat
fishing net, fishnet
a net that will enclose fish when it is pulled in
drift net
a large fishnet supported by floats; it drifts with the current
gill net
a flat fishnet suspended vertically in the water to entangle fish by their gills
landing net
a bag-shaped fishnet on a long handle to take a captured fish from the water
seine
a large fishnet that hangs vertically, with floats at the top and weights at the bottom
trammel, trammel net
a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh
dragnet, trawl, trawl net
a conical fishnet dragged through the water at great depths
Type of:
trap
a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned

v construct or form a web, as if by weaving

Synonyms:
web
Type of:
tissue, weave
create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton

v catch with a net

net a fish”
Synonyms:
nett
Type of:
catch, grab, take hold of
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
2

n 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:
cyberspace, internet
Type of:
computer network
(computer science) a network of computers
3

n the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)

Synonyms:
earnings, lucre, net income, net profit, profit, profits
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earning per share
the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock
windfall profit
profit that occurs unexpectedly as a consequence of some event not controlled by those who profit from it
cleanup, killing
a very large profit
fast buck, quick buck
quick or easy earnings, "they are traders out to make a fast buck"
filthy lucre
shameful profit
gross profit, gross profit margin, margin
(finance) the net sales minus the cost of goods and services sold
markup
the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
accumulation
(finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
dividend
that part of the earnings of a corporation that is distributed to its shareholders; usually paid quarterly
fund, stock, store
a supply of something available for future use
backlog, reserve, stockpile
something kept back or saved for future use or a special purpose
stock dividend
a dividend paid in stock rather than in cash
extra dividend
a dividend paid in addition to the regular dividend
equalizing dividend
a dividend paid to compensate shareholders for losses resulting from a change in the dividend schedule
divvy
short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
Type of:
income
the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time

v yield as a net profit

“This sale netted me $1 million”
Synonyms:
clear
clear, sack, sack up
make as a net profit
Type of:
bear, pay, yield
bring in

v make as a net profit

Synonyms:
clear, sack, sack up
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
clear
yield as a net profit
Type of:
benefit, gain, profit
derive a benefit from

adj conclusive in a process or progression

“the net result”
Synonyms:
final, last
ultimate
furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme

adj remaining after all deductions

net profit”
Synonyms:
nett
clear
clear of charges or deductions
take-home
(of salary or wages) remaining after all deductions including taxes
Antonyms:
gross
before any deductions
overall
including everything
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