A network is any interconnected system. The Internet is a network of computers all talking to one another. A subway is a network of interconnected train lines running underneath the city.

A wise man once said that if the atom was the symbol of the 20th century, the network should be the symbol of the 21st. Increasingly our world relies on networks, the vast interconnected systems of people, electronics, ideas and even resources. To put pressure on any one part of a network is to put pressure on all parts, because, by definition, a network is interconnected. Whether the network is a television network, a cellular network, or a social network — each is a vast system of interconnected parts.

Definitions of network
  1. noun
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals
    synonyms: mesh, meshing, meshwork, net
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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
    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  2. noun
    an interconnected system of things or people
    “he owned a network of shops”
    “retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life”
    synonyms: web
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    any fine network (especially one in the body composed of cells or blood vessels)
    espionage network
    a network of spies
    old boy network
    an exclusive informal network linking members of a social class or profession or organization in order to provide connections and information and favors (especially in business or politics)
    support system
    a network of facilities and people who interact and remain in informal communication for mutual assistance; a network that enables you to live in a certain style
    neural net, neural network
    any network of neurons or nuclei that function together to perform some function in the body
    type of:
    scheme, system
    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole
  3. noun
    (broadcasting) a communication system consisting of a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programs
    “the networks compete to broadcast important sports events”
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    communication equipment, communication system
    facility consisting of the physical plants and equipment for disseminating information
  4. noun
    (electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits
    synonyms: electronic network
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    computer network
    (computer science) a network of computers
    early warning system
    a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy missiles or aircraft while there is still time to intercept them
    information superhighway, superhighway
    an extensive electronic network (such as the internet) used for the rapid transfer of sound and video and graphics in digital form
    a computer network similar to but separate from the internet; devoted to the dissemination of information to and for the Intelligence Community
    cyberspace, internet, 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
    a restricted computer network; a private network created using World Wide Web software
    LAN, local area network
    a local computer network for communication between computers; especially a network connecting computers and word processors and other electronic office equipment to create a communication system between offices
    WAN, wide area network
    a computer network that spans a wider area than does a local area network
    WWW, World Wide Web, web
    computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol
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    instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
  5. noun
    a system of intersecting lines or channels
    “a railroad network
    “a network of canals”
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    a network of fine lines used by astronomers as a reference for measurements on star photographs
    crosshairs, graticule, reticle, reticule
    a network of fine lines, dots, cross hairs, or wires in the focal plane of the eyepiece of an optical instrument
    an arrangement resembling a net or network
    type of:
    instrumentality that combines interrelated interacting artifacts designed to work as a coherent entity
  6. verb
    communicate with and within a group
    “You have to network if you want to get a good job”
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
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