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.

Definitions of net
  1. noun
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    synonyms: mesh, meshing, meshwork, network
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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
    a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place
    a net or mesh foundation for lace
    safety net
    a large strong net to catch circus acrobats who fall or jump from a trapeze
    a net hung between ship and pier while loading a ship
    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
    a fine (often starched) net used for veils or tutus or gowns
    grillwork, wirework
    mesh netting made of wires
    a coarse loosely woven cotton gauze; originally used to wrap cheeses
    a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
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    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  2. noun
    a goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey)
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    the net that is the goal in ice hockey
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    game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  3. noun
    game equipment consisting of a strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton
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    volleyball net
    the high net that separates the two teams and over which the volleyball must pass
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    game equipment
    equipment or apparatus used in playing a game
  4. noun
    a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects
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    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
    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
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    a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  5. verb
    construct or form a web, as if by weaving
    synonyms: web
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    tissue, weave
    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  6. verb
    catch with a net
    net a fish”
    synonyms: nett
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    catch, grab, take hold of
    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  7. noun
    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
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    computer network
    (computer science) a network of computers
  8. noun
    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
    the amount added to the cost to determine the asking price
    (finance) profits that are not paid out as dividends but are added to the capital base of the corporation
    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
    short for dividend; especially one paid by a cooperative society
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    the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
  9. verb
    yield as a net profit
    “This sale netted me $1 million”
    synonyms: clear
    clear, sack, sack up
    make as a net profit
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    bear, pay, yield
    bring in
  10. verb
    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
    yield as a net profit
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    benefit, gain, profit
    derive a benefit from
  11. adjective
    conclusive in a process or progression
    “the net result”
    synonyms: final, last
    furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme
  12. adjective
    remaining after all deductions
    net profit”
    synonyms: nett
    clear of charges or deductions
    (of salary or wages) remaining after all deductions including taxes
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    before any deductions
    including everything
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