1. A fabric of twine, thread, or the like, wrought or woven into meshes, and used for catching fish, birds, butterflies, etc.

2. Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding. "A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet." (Prov. Xxix. 5) "In the church's net there are fishes good or bad." (Jer. Taylor)

3. Anything wrought or woven in meshes; as, a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net.

4. <geometry> A figure made up of a large number of straight lines or curves, which are connected at certain points and related to each other by some specified law.

Origin: AS. Net; akin to D. Net, OS. Net, netti, OHG. Nezzi, G. Netz, Icel. & Dan. Net, Sw. Nat, Goth. Nati; of uncertain origin.

(01 Mar 1998)

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