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  Dictionary Definition of net

net [1]
1. a lacelike fabric with a uniform mesh of cotton, silk, rayon, nylon, or other fibre, often forming the foundation of many kinds of lace.
2. a piece of meshed fabric for any purpose: a mosquito net.
3. a bag or other contrivance of strong thread or cord wrought into an open, meshed fabric, for catching fish, birds, or other animals.
4. anything serving to catch or ensnare.
5. a bag of thread or cord wrought into an open meshed fabric, used for carrying.
6. a hairnet.
7. any network or reticulated system of filaments, lines, or the like.
8. a piece of netting used in various sports, especially tennis, netball, soccer, etc.
9. Tennis, etc. a ball that hits the net.
10. Cricket a pitch surrounded by netting, used for practice in batting and bowling.
11. Soccer, Hockey, etc. the goal.
-- verb (t) ( netted, netting )
12. to cover, screen, or enclose with a net or netting.
13. to take with a net: to net fish.
14. to set or use nets in (a river, etc.), as for fish.
15. to catch or ensnare.
16. Tennis, etc. to hit (the ball) into the net.
17. Soccer, Hockey, etc. to kick or hit into the goal; score.
-- adjective
18. made in the form of or resembling a net.
[ME net ( te ), OE net ( t ), c. G Netz ]
-- netlike, adjective