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network (n.)

1550s, "net-like arrangement of threads, wires, etc., anything formed in the manner of or presenting the appearance of a net or netting," from net (n.) + work (n.). Extended sense of "any complex, interlocking system" is from 1839 (originally in reference to transport by rivers, canals, and railways). Meaning "broadcasting system of multiple transmitters" is from 1914; sense of "interconnected group of people" is by 1934 in psychology jargon.

network (v.)

1887, "to cover with a network," from network (n.). From 1940 as "to broadcast over a (radio) network;" 1972 in reference to computers; by 1982 in reference to persons, "to interact with others to exchange information and develop contacts." Related: Networked; networking.

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Definitions of network
1
network (n.)
an interconnected system of things or people;
retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life
he owned a network of shops
Synonyms: web
network (n.)
(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
network (n.)
a system of intersecting lines or channels;
a network of canals
a railroad network
network (n.)
(electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits;
Synonyms: electronic network
network (n.)
an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals;
Synonyms: net / mesh / meshing / meshwork
2
network (v.)
communicate with and within a group;
You have to network if you want to get a good job
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