Network Net"work`, n. 1. A fabric of threads, cords, or wires crossing each other at certain intervals, and knotted or secured at the crossings, thus leaving spaces or meshes between them. [1913 Webster]

2. Any system of lines or channels interlacing or crossing like the fabric of a net; as, a network of veins; a network of railroads. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: (Computers) A system of computers linked together by communications channels allowing the exchange of data between the linked computers. [PJC]

4. (Radio, Television) A group of transmitting stations connected by communications channels that permit the same program to be broadcast simultaneously from multiple stations over a very wide area; as, the CBS television network; also, the organization that controls the programming that is broadcast over such a network. Contrasted with a {local station} or {local transmitter}. [PJC]

5. (Electricity, Electronics) Any arrangement of electrical devices or elements connected together by conducting wires; as, a power transmission network. [PJC]

6. A group of buildings connected by means of transportation and communication between them, and controlled by a central organization for a common purpose; as, a book distribution network. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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