Main definitions of net in English

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noun

  • 1A piece of open-meshed material made of twine, cord, or something similar, used typically for catching fish or other animals:

    ‘fishermen mending their nets’
    • ‘The market opens out into a harbour where people swarm everywhere, mending nets and building brightly coloured boats.’
    • ‘It was considered bad luck to have a female at sea, just as it was bad luck for the men to haul the first net of fish ashore in my particular branch of the family.’
    • ‘The guides had the students assist with the gathering of the mud samples, water samples, and catching fish and other sea animals with a net.’
    • ‘The fishermen stand and haul the net with fish hanging from it.’
    • ‘Many of the animals die when they chase fish into nets and become tangled in the mesh.’
    • ‘Plenty of deep-sea animals other than giant squid have shown up in fishing nets without having been captured on film in their natural environment.’
    • ‘Fishermen haul in their nets as they prepare to head back out to sea from the harbor located in the city of Suao located along Taiwan's east coast.’
    • ‘I pictured fishermen in boats hauling in their nets as fast as they were able with their thoughts of the darkness enveloping them.’
    • ‘A good fisherman weaves his own nets with twine and a needle made of whalebone.’
    • ‘Although I've lived in the Selby area for most of my life, I've never seen crowds of fisherman hauling nets of clams, mussels and tuna from the murky waters of the River Ouse.’
    • ‘The wreckers hauling in salvage nets look like fishermen at first glance, but closer inspection reveals the traces of a shipwreck.’
    • ‘Small craft set out before sunrise, often through rough surf, to lift the nets, remove captured animals and repair damage to the mesh.’
    • ‘Once those animals rot the fishing net might float back up to the surface again and start ghost fishing once again.’
    • ‘The day's take is hauled in, the fish caught in their nets like words ‘in any order’ caught in a sentence.’
    • ‘Some outfits feature fishing nets or papier mâché animals, while others sport massive wings or robotic parts.’
    • ‘The materials used were bamboo, fish nets, garden nets, glue, canvas, rope washing line and spray paint.’
    • ‘But he struggled instinctively like an animal under a net, and this blind struggle threw him out into a field.’
    • ‘And, looking at the paltry haul in their nets and at their discarded small fish, they know it is a way of life their sons will not share with them.’
    • ‘He fished with a golden net drawn by cords woven of purple and scarlet threads.’
    • ‘It was using a big chunk of this material as a net.’
    1. 1.1 A piece of net supported by a frame at the end of a handle, used for catching fish or insects.
      • ‘In the margins of the lake, I taught little Felix to hunt with an insect net.’
      • ‘First, there is a series of computer composite images that depict different aspects of field research, such as catching insects with nets.’
      • ‘Sampling was conducted with a standard insect sweep net; each sample consisted of 100 sweeps made in a 180° arc.’
      • ‘We placed an insect sweep net over each aggregation, and because of the extreme inactivity of the gathered wasps, escapes were uncommon.’
      • ‘Other items, such as insect nets, were in short supply in the theater.’
      • ‘If necessary, use an insect net to guard against the adults flying away.’
      • ‘Insects were transferred from sweep nets to labeled plastic bags, frozen, and sorted to morphospecies.’
      • ‘Using sweep nets and aspirators the researchers collect insects and take them to a lab in Buenos Aires.’
    2. 1.2 The total amount of fish caught in one session or expedition:
      ‘good nets of roach, chub, and perch’
      • ‘Frank Atkinson led with a fine 27 lb 10 oz net of skimmers, rudd and small carp taken alternating worm, meat and pellet.’
      • ‘Good sport was to be had at Carpvale on Sunday where the club match on the front pond was won with a fine 75 lb net of carp from peg 70.’
      • ‘A recent club match was won with a fine 25 lb net of bream, skimmers and tench.’
      • ‘Mike Dall won with a creditable net of perch scaling 4lb 4oz to restore some male pride.’
  • 2A structure consisting of a net supported on a frame, forming the goal in games such as football:

    ‘Wales did find the net in the 32nd minute’
    • ‘Another Kelly free extended the lead before Joe Higgins shot to the net for the game's only goal.’
    • ‘However, they had to wait till late in the game to find the net.’
    • ‘The Soviet Union basketball team displayed tremendous nerve to find the net in the disputed last seconds of the 1972 Olympic final.’
    • ‘In the second half BCA came more into the game, but could only find the net once.’
    • ‘In a much better second half performance Oaks piled on the pressure and had the majority of the play but could not find the net.’
    • ‘Following a run of six successive wins, Paul Simpson's men have taken just one point from their last two matches and failed to find the net in both games.’
    • ‘Although she could not find the net in the match against Zambia, in which she came on as a a substitute in the second half, Nonoh says she is hungry for goals.’
    • ‘He has the burst of pace of a scalded cat and the occasions in a summer when he sends the ball scudding low to the opposition net late in the game are a reliable index of his wellbeing.’
    • ‘They have never failed to find the net at Boundary Park with Wadsworth in charge and have taken 14 points from a possible 18.’
    • ‘He's seen him picking footballs out of the net in Highfield Road with alarming frequency.’
    • ‘Unable to find the net in either game, goals remain a problem.’
    • ‘Storm's failure to find the net on a consistent basis is all the more surprising considering the proven track records of their offensive players.’
    • ‘They conceded four goals, but were unable to find the net.’
    • ‘He proceeded to turn his man and find the net for a great goal to level up the scoring after twelve minutes.’
    • ‘Try as they might neither side could find the net and the game eventually went into the dreaded penalty shoot out.’
    • ‘Also, any powerplay unit can fall out of the habit of doing some basics, such as putting the puck on goal and crashing the net.’
    • ‘This resulted in the ‘Goal of the Match’, their young forward beating three defenders before firing a perfect cross goal shot into the net.’
    • ‘I feel we deserved to go in at half-time at least goal up, but we didn't find the net.’
    • ‘In their 48 fixtures so far, the Blues have failed to find the net on just five occasions.’
    • ‘Football nets were used in goals for the first time, for a match in Bolton.’
    1. 2.1 A net supported on a cord between two posts to divide the playing area in tennis, badminton, volleyball, etc.
      • ‘Rachel hit the volleyball back over the net, and glanced up only to see Jade leaning against the post, a silver knife in her hand.’
      • ‘But even here, on the Island, the makeshift homes of the country's dispossessed fill every space unoccupied by sunbeds and volleyball nets.’
      • ‘Once at the flashlight tag meeting spot, between two poles ground into the sand on the lake where a volleyball net should have hung, we picked teams.’
      • ‘At the Baghdad correction center, about 200 delinquents share four dormitories built around a square courtyard cut by a volleyball net.’
      • ‘Surely one of those volleyball nets at Jeanne-Mance Park could be lowered for the kickers out there.’
      • ‘If it got too hot inside, there was a volleyball net set up in a courtyard.’
      • ‘We had put up the volleyball net and played pool volleyball.’
      • ‘Our lead vehicle became stuck in a volleyball net.’
      • ‘He nodded and, with one last grin at her, jogged over to the volleyball net.’
      • ‘There were volleyball nets set up across the large room, and our teacher, Mr. Stetgon, quickly pulled us into four groups and assigned us to a court.’
      • ‘A high-pitched voice yelled as a tiny blonde hit the volleyball over the net.’
      • ‘Gone will be the trampolines, table tennis tables and badminton nets that occupy the main auditorium on weekday nights when there is no concert.’
      • ‘You could also try rigging up a net to play volleyball, a hoop for basketball or invite some of your children's friends round for a game of rounders.’
      • ‘For entertainment, we set up a volleyball net, put up a set of makeshift soccer goals, and had a wide variety of board games.’
      • ‘When her kids were growing up, Dale Kephart always had volleyball and badminton nets set up in the backyard.’
      • ‘The collectors look like oversized volleyball nets.’
      • ‘Finally, Mike, James, and Violet gave me a net for the volleyball.’
      • ‘Sure enough, come noon on the day of the event, there were volleyball nets set up at the base of the hill, with teams aplenty ready to play some ball.’
      • ‘We were all in agreement and began to set up the volleyball net.’
      • ‘Before they took it away I suggested putting up two basketball posts and nets with goal posts underneath them like most other areas have but my pleas have fallen on deaf ears.’
    2. 2.2Cricket A strip of ground enclosed by a net, for batting and bowling practice:
      [as modifier] ‘a full net practice’
      • ‘He had observed me bowling well during the nets and so thought that I could try my hand this time in a regular game.’
      • ‘The wet weather prevented the curator from producing proper practice nets and batting practice has been limited to a few minutes on the eve of the match.’
      • ‘He was initially put up in a room whose windows faced the building that housed the indoor net practice facilities.’
      • ‘Following his slow start to the season, Strauss was then given the opportunity of extra practice, ahead of the Bangladesh series, when he went to the school nets to face some bowling from the pupils.’
      • ‘You can do only so much bowling in the nets, and I just have to see if they are willing to take the risk for the third Test.’
    3. 2.3 A safety net:
      ‘he felt like a tightrope-walker without a net’
  • 3[mass noun] A fine fabric with a very open weave:

    [as modifier] ‘net curtains’
    • ‘Fabrics are given the technological touch with the use of rubberised velvet and wool, mirrored wool crepe, stretch net, organza and spider beaded georgette.’
    • ‘An eclectic mix of feminine flounce and frill, with models in georgettes, net and chiffons was the highlight.’
    • ‘It was only then that blue flashing lights were seen through the white net curtains of the lounge.’
    • ‘Another variation to try is to place a thin voile net over the window, or draw any transparent curtains.’
    • ‘Pressing is used on tailored and lined suits, especially on men's, on wool, on silk and some rayon, on net, and on pile fabrics.’
    • ‘All I can say about the Skinners was that they had no net curtains and a pornographic oil-painting above the fire-place until the police made them stop.’
    • ‘The lower part of the window had been painted white and net curtains shielded the upper part.’
    • ‘For the light source, use a sunlit window with a thin voile net to soften the brightness of the sun.’
    • ‘Layers of stiff net petticoats went under taffeta strapless dresses that made waists look tiny.’
    • ‘Others may have swished into the hall wearing beaded evening dresses of chiffon and netting, while others may have been swathed in silk and satin with plump sleeves of net and lace.’
    • ‘In the hotel room there are no venetian blinds, but the white net curtains belly and fold in the breeze of the open window.’
    • ‘We had no net curtains then, the neighbours always looked in when she turned on the lights.’
    • ‘The British Red Cross won the charity shop section with its festoon of red net, hearts and open book displaying information about Valentine's Day.’
    • ‘Is this why you've been investing in some net curtains for your kitchen?’
    • ‘Cut the front stay from a firmly woven cotton blend for light control or from mediumweight, girdle-like power net fabric for firm control.’
    • ‘Every surface was covered with satin, velvet, crinoline and net.’
    • ‘It tries to take us beyond the yellowing net curtains of their cramped tower-block flats, and into their living-rooms and bedrooms.’
    • ‘Several pieces also feature attractive patterns, such as wide or fine vertical stripes, as well as net, square and doughnut designs.’
    • ‘I parted the light net curtains of my bed and sank down beside Lucy.’
    • ‘Selecting a modern look, Deepika has chosen mostly chiffons, gossamer net, silk and georgettes for her debut at LIFW.’
    netting, meshwork, mesh, webbing, tulle, fishnet, openwork, lace, lacework, latticework, lattice
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    1. 3.1netsBritish informal Net curtains.
      • ‘The culmination of two years' work is a plastic hook which can be used, according to Mrs Clegg, with valances, curtains and nets.’
  • 4A means of catching someone; a trap:

    ‘the search was delayed, allowing the murderers to escape the net’
    • ‘Up to 7,500 civil servants have such an arrangement in Dublin and elsewhere in the country, but the car spaces have escaped the Ministers' net.’
    • ‘You have so much trapped yourself in a net of words, of speculations that the feeling itself, which is the only thing that is deep and vital in us, is lost.’
    • ‘In addition, 242 people with incomes between €100,000 and €1m in 2001 also escaped the tax net.’
    • ‘It's easy to speculate that he might have been allowed to escape the net because he knows too much about wrong-doing by others in the UN.’
    • ‘That they may escape the banking net is not necessarily a bad thing - it depends on whether this thwarts the legislative aims.’
    • ‘Even now the Kiwis are presumably wondering how, with all the islanders that they do sign, this flyer escaped their net.’
    • ‘Finally, many criminals escape the judicial net, even though in the public eye they are criminals.’
    • ‘Only one girl had escaped the powerful net of her authority in her fifty year career, and that had been well nigh twenty years ago.’
    trap, booby trap, snare
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    1. 4.1 A means of selecting or securing someone or something:
      ‘he spread his net far and wide in his long search for success’
      • ‘The co-operative intend to spread their net of membership as wide as possible among individuals and groups interested in the rural economy and rural development.’
      • ‘But Gilmore says he has every intention of spreading the artistic net.’
      • ‘Ironically, the further the government's statisticians spread their net in the Yorkshire region, the slower was the increase.’
      • ‘Here are some sops which might help politicians in spreading their net for votes.’
      • ‘‘Organisations are therefore spreading the recruitment net as wide as possible in order to find the best people’.’
      • ‘People said spreading the net wide across the town was the best way of tracking down the hoodie attacker.’
      • ‘In fact, Graham Harvey, whose own academic location is in religious studies, has spread his net fairly wide.’
      • ‘That's very admirable, but he's spread his net far too wide.’
      • ‘Homeloans began as a broadly based financial services brokerage, but after six months Curry and Gavin realised they were spreading their net too wide.’
      • ‘And from what I know of his father, they'd not have wanted to spread their net too wide, lest he realize they were about.’
      • ‘Yesterday, for instance, it emerged that Lord Levy has now spread his net to the euro referendum and has begun fundraising for the ‘yes’ campaign.’
      • ‘A wisp of a reasoned argument escaped the net that I cast far and wide.’
      • ‘Recruiting has already begun for this chief executive - with the net being spread wider than members of the Shepherd family.’
      • ‘Instead, he has chosen to spread the tax net wide across the booming services sector.’
      • ‘The festival will spread its net wide across the six major cities of Scotland - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.’
      • ‘But what previous generations would have considered tangible personal prosperity spreads its net ever wider.’
      • ‘We decided to spread our net as wide as possible and try three starters.’
      • ‘The question remains: why should whatever gave rise to the threat define the class of permissible victims when it is within our power to spread a wider net?’
      • ‘And now he will take in two, lower level La Liga games as he spreads the net far and wide in search of new talent.’
      • ‘And once legal personhood is secured for chimpanzees, Wise hopes to cast the net of legal rights wider.’
  • 5A communications or broadcasting network, especially of maritime radio:

    ‘the radio net was brought to life with a mayday’
    • ‘After a few moments the snipers commence their commentary via the team's radio net - ensuring all callsigns have situational awareness.’
    • ‘Even then the skipper has to be alert for out-of-season storm warnings, currently broadcast on a ham radio net.’
    • ‘The contact report surged through the platoon internal radio net like a bolt of lightning.’
    • ‘In the third period of the Great Patriotic War, the number of air army radio nets doubled by comparison with the first period.’
    • ‘Radio nets only extended down to company level in armoured units, so that company commanders had to communicate with their tanks by hand signal or motorcycle.’
    • ‘Linked with each other and supporting batteries via radio net, every observer could fire any or all available support batteries at once.’
    • ‘After someone gives the warning of an enemy in the area, the enemy's location and disposition is then broadcasted over the radio net.’
    • ‘What types of radios and nets are we going to communicate with?’
    • ‘There are the nationwide nets: Concert FM on two frequencies; National Radio for Dunedin City and for Mosgiel.’
    • ‘Anyway, we managed on the same day to notify the local Coast Guard station, our insurance company and the French radio net.’
    • ‘And I guess the hardest question I ever asked anyone over a military radio net was the lieutenant, one of the wounded or killed?’
    • ‘Sean hit a small button on the screen in front of him, tying him in to the radio net.’
    • ‘The Guderian designed HF radio nets provided a level of command and control never before achieved on the battlefield.’
    • ‘Approval even came over the radio net to shoot dogs to prevent them from being rigged with explosives.’
    • ‘We can say that we haven't covered foreign affairs and even the broadcast, the antenna nets don't do it very well either.’
    • ‘And because the call was placed into a patch unit, it allowed us to link that net into other radio nets or telephone lines.’
    • ‘As he descended, he called his fellow PJs over their tactical radio net to tell them he was OK.’
    • ‘Unit formations, command vehicles, radio nets and unit morale have no effect on the game play.’
    1. 5.1 A network of interconnected computers:
      ‘a computer news net’
      • ‘Maybe H. Zuckerman, presumably a tough cop, was refusing to give her name so they could look up her vital statistics on various computer nets.’
      • ‘Although WEP is one of the most talked-about means of protection for a wireless net, it will not by itself make your network secure.’
      • ‘Although it may be too technical for some, the book offers plenty of information for those looking to lock down their wireless nets.’
      • ‘Security experts applauded the successful investigations but remained pragmatic about the impact the arrests will have on the increasing use of bot nets as a means to facilitate online crime.’
      • ‘The same could happen with the net - we'll have national nets with firewalls and exorbitant charges.’
      • ‘As it is, some smaller nets are anticipating bandwidth charges considerably higher than they're prepared to deal with.’
      • ‘With those two pieces of data, an attacker can impersonate a legitimate device on that wireless net.’
      • ‘The EMC checking software in Cadstar 4.5 first identifies critical nets then analyses whether those nets will cause problems once they have been routed.’
      • ‘In Europe, prosecutors have brought cases against the alleged online attackers suspected of creating networks of compromised computers, known as bot nets.’
      • ‘It should support interaction between territorially dispersed segments of the local computer net of mobile formations.’
      • ‘Put the server on both nets: This option is a good one, since wireless and wired clients will each access the server via their respective pipes.’
      • ‘Every time I turned the channel, it seemed like there was another story about the computer intern net.’
      • ‘File swap nets will win, DRM and lawyers lose, say MS researchers’
    2. 5.2 The Internet.
      • ‘People accessing the Net outside these hours will be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis.’
      • ‘Almost half of those who accessed the Net used it for some type of e-commerce transaction.’
      • ‘All users need is a computer hooked up to the Net, microphone, speakers and sound card.’
      • ‘One group will use a whole range of devices to access the Net, the other group will have just one.’
      • ‘Employees don't give a stuff about using their computers at work to access the Net.’
      • ‘It will also examine whether technology can be used to hit reduce the amount of spam clogging up the Net.’
      • ‘It's a big task, given that only ten per cent of humans have access to the Net today.’
      • ‘The research outfit found that the more people use the Net, the more they are likely to shop online.’
      • ‘Now with the Net, we can get identity theft and stolen Internet access into the bargain.’
      • ‘Around three per cent of companies had been involved in litigation from misuse of the Net.’
      • ‘The government claimed today that virtually all British schools were now hooked up to the Net.’
      • ‘The journal is on the Net, but unfortunately you need a subscription to get access to the full text.’
      • ‘The Chinese Government is concerned the Net can corrupt the minds of youngsters.’
      • ‘Officials in Kingston upon Hull want to give everyone in the city access to the Net.’
      • ‘Nearly a third of business users steal software or digital content, by grabbing it from the Net.’
      • ‘Instead, these people have opted to use phone books or the Net to look-up numbers.’
      • ‘A worm capable of using webcams to spy on users is circulating across the Net.’
      • ‘The more years people have spent online, the more hours they spend on the Net.’
      • ‘Of those Net users quizzed, eight out of ten said they used the Net to search for information and for email.’
      • ‘Nearly two thirds of Americans have access to the Net either at home or work.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Catch (a fish or other animal) with a net:

    ‘damage caused when netting the fish’
    ‘rabbits can be netted all the year round’
    • ‘This was accomplished by photographing and netting both species as they foraged at the Palmer agave flowers.’
    • ‘Only butterflies, grasshoppers, mosquitoes and flies are netted there.’
    • ‘I netted a beast, all 11 lb 10 oz of it, from the York water at Beningbrough Park last Friday.’
    • ‘Trapping or netting the fish can be dated back to the 12 th century, and though it was clear that over-fishing could lead to a decline in stocks, no one really knew why numbers went up or down.’
    • ‘I managed to calm down the old ticker and successfully netted the fish, a marvellous Rudd of one pound twelve ounces, nearly three times bigger than any that I had ever caught previously!’
    • ‘In May this year he returned with colleagues to the sanctuary, where they were able to net two specimens.’
    • ‘We netted the chicks using a large landing net, placed them in a holding container, and transported them to shore.’
    • ‘As we were quite high up from the water we used a landing net with a twelve foot long telescopic handle so that we could safely net any fish that we caught.’
    • ‘West hasn't netted a whale or dolphin since he spent $1,700 outfitting his mile-long net with 41 of the alarms.’
    • ‘The latest catch was a large mature male crab netted by Bridlington fisherman Andrew Sanderson last week.’
    • ‘I grabbed the net moved downstream hoping to net the fish before it reached the snaggy zone and was in luck, quickly netting the fish.’
    • ‘With the cod coming near the boat, walk backwards towards the cabin to allow the skipper to get right to the back of the stern of the boat and he'll net the fish.’
    • ‘Near such centres of population the fish are netted for local consumption, so the remaining fish are fewer and smaller.’
    • ‘Eventually I netted the fish which was a nice fully finned rainbow of about five pounds.’
    • ‘After a nice fight the fish was netted, carefully weighed at 1lb 4oz, quickly photographed and returned.’
    • ‘As I netted this second salmon, I realised that it was again over twenty pounds.’
    • ‘After a good scrap, a short but extremely fat fish was netted.’
    • ‘They show in the puffy, jowly contours of his face and the seen-it-all weariness in the eyes but those eyes still light up at the prospect of pulling off an art heist that will net him millions.’
    • ‘They might catch the fish or net the bird but not consume it.’
    • ‘A few minutes later I netted his fish for him, and he was right, we needed the big net and the camera, he had landed a common of fifteen pounds and fourteen ounces!’
    • ‘It is not easy in the dark but I prefer to net weeded fish myself so I have control of when to lift, then if it all goes wrong I can only blame myself.’
    1. 1.1 Fish with nets in (a river):
      ‘they were netting the River Naver’
      • ‘If you see any one netting the river or killing Pike over 3 kilo then report it.’
      • ‘How often I heard the stories of the poachers, pronounced poochers, who netted the river for salmon to the disgust of the rod-men and the local boatmen.’
      • ‘In the past I have reported about the illegal netting of lakes and rivers across Ireland.’
    2. 1.2 Acquire or obtain in a skilful way:
      ‘customs officials have netted large caches of drugs’
      • ‘In the ensuing days, a number of people were netted after stringent customs regulations and tightened security were put into effect.’
      • ‘Liu is the fourth top official of China's second largest lender to have been netted in Beijing's anti-graft campaign.’
      • ‘It plans to launch a fresh range of notebooks in mid August concentrating on areas such as audio, and aims to net customers who are looking to replace their desktop with a notebook.’
      • ‘A corruption crackdown has netted officials with ties to top leaders such as Li Peng, but no one close to Jiang has been implicated.’
      • ‘Acting on a tip, Pattaya police were quickly in and out of the Night Market in South Pattaya and their big bust smothered a small time dealer, netting a cache of pornographic video CDs.’
      • ‘The sweep was successful in netting a large cache or weapons, explosives, ammunition, and other equipment.’
      catch, capture, take captive, trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, bag, hook, land
      nab, collar
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  • 2(in sport) hit (a ball) into the net; score (a goal):

    ‘Butler netted 14 goals’
    • ‘Farrelly played a leading role when Bolton were promoted to the Premiership in 2001, netting the first goal in their play-off final win over Preston.’
    • ‘Andy Beckwith scored a hat-trick for Wyke, while Mohammed Jahangir netted his first goal for Heaton.’
    • ‘Fowler may have only netted six goals this season, but he has a handful of assists to his mane as well, and has also curbed his aggression, only picking up a single yellow card.’
    • ‘Aiming for the fourth title of the season the local favourite netted a goal in each session, outplaying its bemused opponent.’
    • ‘Gerry netted three goals during the tournament and his impressive form certainly caught the attention of the host nation and a year later he was on his way back to Spain to join Real Mallorca.’
    • ‘The home side had a lot of possession but rarely threatened the visitors in the final third and slumped to a defeat as the Liverpudlians netted a goal in each half.’
    • ‘When the opportunity arose in the 27th minute Andre Emmanuel pounced on a loose ball and netted the first goal.’
    • ‘The Blackburn fans were jubilant but to general surprise Wanderers came away to net the ball twice in as many minutes.’
    • ‘Simon Parke netted his sixth goal in six games in the win over Blyth Spartans and Mark Stuart grabbed his eighth of the season.’
    • ‘Whilst they are hardly prolific scorers netting only six goals, their defence has done well in only conceding eight goals the least number of goals conceded, a sorry sight when your team cannot find goals.’
    • ‘But the 26-year-old Spartak Moscow midfielder deserved his stroke of luck as he netted his fifth international goal.’
    • ‘Earlier in the day, Naboye hammered Mungwi 3-0 with Ackim Tembo netting his fourth goal making him the tournament's top scorer.’
    • ‘Shanahan already has scored 20 goals after netting only 31 goals and 58 points last season.’
    • ‘The Dutch international has netted a club-record 22 goals in 23 Champions League appearances for United.’
    • ‘Witness reports also claimed that on-loan Charlton teenager Randolph later incited City fans by signalling the score after Accrington had netted their second goal.’
    • ‘Widely reviled bad boy Craig Bellamy nets both goals thanks to some generosity from Crystal Palace goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly.’
    • ‘Gilbert Mushangazhike, the visitors' leading goal scorer, netted twice in the first half, but missed a penalty in the second half.’
    • ‘McCourt rounded three defenders before firing home and then went on another mazy run that ended with fellow substitute Townson netting his 17th goal of the season.’
    • ‘Midway through the second half, former Bantams skipper Lee Duxbury netted his first goal for the Throstle Nest outfit, again from a Stamer assist.’
    • ‘Ryan Robinson netted a consolation goal for the Huddersfield side from the penalty spot but it was too late to prevent Crag from taking all three points.’
  • 3Cover with a net:

    ‘we fenced off a rabbit-proof area for vegetables and netted the top’

Phrases

  • slip (or fall) through the net

    • Escape from or be missed by something intended to catch or deal with one:

      ‘the girl slipped through the net of all the care agencies’
      • ‘But a small minority of traders, who attempt to sell their cars privately to avoid paying tax, slip through the net.’
      • ‘But he added that it was important to try and catch those who were falling through the net.’
      • ‘That is the only way for us to see exactly where our reforms are working, and where they are not working, to make sure that no pupil slips through the net.’
      • ‘He would attempt to make sure no promising Scot, regardless of age, could slip through the net and elude the SFA's coaching infrastructure.’
      • ‘I don't think anybody has the answer but people do need to be caught before they slip through the net.’
      • ‘‘We always use employment agencies which carry out checks on supply staff, and I would urge all heads to make sure they are doing the same to avoid staff slipping through the net as it could happen,’ he said.’
      • ‘He added that if they were not fully implemented ‘we will continue to have sub-standard systems, while people will slip through the net and avoid detection’.’
      • ‘And obviously, a great deal did slip through the net.’
      • ‘There are, of course, implications of having a more flexible education system - some people might simply just slip through the net and evade education entirely, which isn't good.’
      • ‘The move means that troublemakers who are known to the police but have slipped through the net so far because they have avoided arrest can now be banned.’

Origin

Old English net, nett, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch net and German Netz.

Pronunciation:

net

/nɛt/

Main definitions of net in English

: net1net2

net2

(British nett)

adjective

  • 1(of an amount, value, or price) remaining after the deduction of tax or other contributions:

    ‘net earnings per share rose’
    Often contrasted with gross
    ‘the camera will cost you, net of VAT, about £300’
    • ‘May I suggest contributions per net earnings or even contributions per employee?’
    • ‘Company B would record the net amount retained (the 5 percent service fee) as revenue.’
    • ‘By terminating the contracts at market prices, a net amount might well be payable to the debtor, rather than to the other party.’
    • ‘Once all the deductions have been made, the net amount is called your taxable estate.’
    • ‘The net amount that will be spent is estimated at about R5,8bn this year.’
    • ‘Non-French tax residents are subject to wealth tax only if the net value of their French-sourced assets are worth more than €720,000.’
    • ‘You simply put in any adjustments such as overtime or commission, then push a couple of buttons, and a payslip with the correct net amount is produced.’
    • ‘Where 15% UK tax was deducted, the net amount received is liable to Irish tax.’
    • ‘Homeowners will see their residences' net value grow instead of cashing out some equity when refinancing.’
    • ‘The South African Act provides for a further abatement of R 1,5 million, to be deducted from the net value of the estate.’
    • ‘However, the company's net worth is still valued at well over €17 million.’
    • ‘With netting, gross obligations are discharged by the transfer of the net amount of value due from each obligor.’
    • ‘Open interest is the net value of all open positions in one market or contract and portrays the depth of volume that is possible in that market.’
    • ‘It has a 100 per cent capital protection of the net amount invested for a period of six years.’
    • ‘Canary Wharf said its net value per share increased from £5.18 to £6.78 in the year to June.’
    • ‘For example, the net balance, which represents the net amount owed, shifts back and forth between parties as goods and services are exchanged.’
    • ‘Reduce this by the costs and you will find the net value, while it can maintain some livelihoods, will not impact much on our GDP.’
    • ‘And it's a big boost to the bottomline with net value addition per person being 10-15 times the amount it is for BPOs.’
    • ‘They are only worried about whether he thought the tax had been paid and whether the amount he received was a net amount.’
    • ‘The major difference between regular income tax and the AMT system is the specifics used in calculating the net amount of taxable income.’
    after taxes, after deductions, take-home, clear, final
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    1. 1.1 (of a weight) excluding that of the packaging.
      • ‘The net weight loss at the end of two years was modest: 3.5 kg in the intervention group and 0.8 kg in the control group.’
      • ‘Additionally, tags will have the manufacturer's name and address, as well as the guarantee on the net weight of the feed contained in the bag.’
      • ‘Calculation of net mass gain requires assumptions about the nature, degree, and uniformity of overnight mass loss.’
      • ‘The goods sold under the terms of this licence will be sold by reference to number or by net weight.’
      • ‘After stacking, each palette contains 40 sacks in 8 layers into a net weight of one ton.’
      • ‘The net weight gain over the retired Range Rover is approximately 500 pounds.’
      • ‘The false floor of the box was equipped with a preweighed paper towel so that defecation mass could be svibtracted from preflight mass to obtain net flight mass.’
      • ‘Under the Bill consumers must only be charged on a net weight basis - that is, without any packaging included in the stated weight or price.’
      • ‘The outer leaves were trimmed and then they were reweighed to obtain net weight, which was a lettuce ready for packing for sale.’
      • ‘Under the experimental conditions, the increase in ELF volume is greater than the apparent net weight gain of the lung.’
      • ‘The maximum added weight of approximately 3 percent solution before processing is included in the net weight on the label.’
      • ‘The enhanced net weight is partly created by the lack of fungal disease in the plants, since less fungal disease means that the plants need less trimming.’
      • ‘The net mass stayed the same, of course, the orbit didn't alter, of course we didn't notice.’
      • ‘To estimate the net mass of the meal, we added the values of expected mass loss before the meal was delivered to the observed mass gain.’
      • ‘The owner's orange plastic tag, containing catch site and net weight, is clearly displayed, by law, on top.’
    2. 1.2 (of a score in golf) adjusted to take account of a player's handicap.
      • ‘There was an interesting scenario last Saturday with a great prize for the best nett score of three nights and two days and golf at Noosaville with the winner to be present.’
      • ‘The boys team from Scoil Muire agus Padraig took home the prize for best nett score at the Connacht Schools Golf Championships played at the Ballina Course.’
      • ‘Stockley also lifted the Founders Cup for the best nett score when he shot a gross 83 off a handicap of 19.’
      • ‘In a handicap competition, the competitor with the lowest net score for the stipulated round or rounds is the winner.’
      • ‘Darwen then took the President's Trophy with the best aggregate nett score from their four players.’
  • 2Remaining after all factors have been taken into account; overall:

    ‘the net result is the same’
    • ‘So, the net effect of keeping exit-poll results off the air for hours is to make election coverage less accurate on average, not more so.’
    • ‘These improvements might be the net effect of two factors: starting treatment at earlier stages of disease, or better treatment for a given stage.’
    • ‘If the profit of one division increases with a corresponding decrease to another division the net overall effect is the same for the single entity and hence, the shareholders.’
    • ‘The net result is an effective form of currency control as part of Patriot Act II.’
    • ‘The net effect is difficult to estimate, read more here.’
    • ‘Analysis of chimeras showed that the net effect of these factors is intrinsic to the liver and may be cell autonomous.’
    • ‘The process of restoration proved to be difficult and somewhat complicated but the net result is a remarkable restoration of the banner to its former glory.’
    • ‘But these numbers for job increase do not take into account job losses, and so do not give the net effect.’
    • ‘The net effect is to restore my overall elan and joie-de-vivre, two quantities which are sorely waning at times like these.’
    • ‘They are the net result of several factors of various signs and amplitudes discussed in Nadelhoffer and Fry and Hogberg.’
    • ‘Overall, I think the net effect is a positive one.’
    • ‘‘The net result of all of these factors is that blanket manufacturing in South Africa is uncompetitive,’ he said.’
    • ‘Notice that three of those factors all have the net effect of lowering the density of the air.’
    • ‘The net result of all these factors is discomfort.’
    • ‘The net effect of these factors is the accumulation of a large foreign debt by the Middle Eastern countries.’
    • ‘The net effect of this political arrangement has been the close dependence of the economic interests of the citizens upon those of the state.’
    • ‘This provision will actually have the net effect of making employees sicker.’
    • ‘When inflation was taken into account, he said, the net effect would be less council services for customers.’
    • ‘The net effect of the first three design factors is generally to depress computed Hispanic relative incarceration rates.’
    • ‘These were net effects not attributable to common factors underlying parental monitoring and runaway risk.’
    final, end, ultimate, concluding, closing
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Acquire (a sum of money) as clear profit:

    ‘he netted £2.45 million on the deal’
    • ‘He also netted pension contributions and other perks of €68,000.’
    • ‘Another example is if a bank, after netting payments due to other banks against those due to itself, still owes the other banks.’
    • ‘A string of visits by Endeavour to Whitby netted millions of pounds for the tourist trade.’
    • ‘It is not yet known how much funds were netted on the night, but they Aontas Ogra would like to thank sincerely all who sponsored the members.’
    • ‘A starting Lufthansa pilot now nets a base salary of about $50,000 a year, while a veteran can earn up to $140,000.’
    • ‘The CA president netted the sum less than a fortnight after the US software company issued a profit warning which sent its share price plummeting.’
    • ‘Income tax receipts also include money netted by the Revenue Commissioners from its special investigations into tax evasion.’
    • ‘The flotation will also net millions for Mr Pratt, chairman Tony O'Brien and other members of the management team who are selling part of their stake.’
    • ‘Comper just netted a $6 million profit selling a whack of stock options but he's still sitting on almost two million of them.’
    • ‘Part of the site of the Battle of the Boyne near Drogheda has been bought by the government for £7.75 million, netting a £5 million profit for its owners.’
    • ‘He predicted that the project, which upgrades the jets' avionics, could net huge profits for Aerospace Industrial, provided the aircraft can be sold.’
    • ‘In recent years, food service, some maintenance and school bus service jobs have been outsourced, netting millions in profits for the giant Aramak and Service Master corporations.’
    • ‘The University of Bradford has netted millions of pounds' extra cash to recruit more students on new ‘vocational’ degree courses.’
    • ‘He then sold the home in Uniondale for $240,000, netting a $24,000 profit.’
    • ‘Judge Heppel said the defendants were greedy and dishonest, and had netted millions of pounds during the fraud, committed between 1993 and 1996.’
    • ‘Projects under Geisinger's infrastructure renewal plan have netted an energy savings of $2.2 million annually.’
    • ‘In 1861, the two women had staged a fundraiser that netted the paltry sum of $675.’
    • ‘Several radio stations have changed hands in recent years, netting tens of millions for their shareholders but nothing for the Government.’
    • ‘He'd then sell it in a few years and net a cool million for himself.’
    • ‘The pair, who would net tens of millions profit from the sale of their stake at 300p a share, have not yet said whether they would accept an offer.’
    earn, make, get, gain, obtain, acquire, accumulate, take home, bring in, pull in, clear, pocket, realize, make a profit of, be paid
    fetch, yield, raise
    rake in
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    1. 1.1[with two objects] Return (profit or income) for (someone):
      ‘the land netted its owner a turnover of $800,000’
      • ‘They sold a five-storey house in central London overlooking St James's Park for £5.7m in 2004, netting them £3.7m profit.’
      • ‘Working at the local pizza place didn't net him much money so he had to compensate with long hours.’
      • ‘VIS says the deal struck for State of Emergency film rights with New Line Cinema could net them ‘several million pounds’.’
      • ‘Georgine also profited in a separate Ullico stock deal that netted him $6 million.’
      • ‘These qualities paid off in April 2000 when O'Brien sold his stake in Esat Telecom to BT, netting himself £175 million.’
      • ‘Winning each event nets you prize money or, if you do extremely well, new cars that come as ‘special prizes.’’
      • ‘Corporations and private schools sell their facilities to the public, just as corporations have peddled tests that have netted them millions of dollars.’
      • ‘Komarnitski earned third place in the annual Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Award, netting him prize money of $3000.’
      • ‘Three men who masterminded a sophisticated credit card fraud which could have netted them millions were yesterday locked up for a total of 16 years.’
      • ‘Each one you pick up nets you some money, but there is a much better reason to collect them.’
      • ‘Council chiefs have confirmed the 105-year-old club has approached them to discuss the potential relocation that would net them millions of pounds.’
      • ‘Last year's salary and bonus netted him $12.6 million, and he cashed stock options worth $115 million.’
      • ‘His huge stake in Coca-Cola netted him an 800% return.’
      • ‘It is not known whether the Irishmen would sell at 300p, though this would net them a profit of 125 million on their investment.’
    2. 1.2net something down/off/out Exclude a non-net amount, such as tax, when making a calculation, in order to reduce the amount left to a net sum:
      ‘the scrap value should be netted off against the original purchase price’
      • ‘The Respondents concluded that such liabilities had not been netted off.’
      • ‘The flows are netted out for each year, and discounted by the going interest rate.’
      • ‘Newsagents say their gross bills have jumped by 30% this month, and that's money that stays with the and Network until the returns are netted off.’
      • ‘Competitive tendering as an alternative to negotiated contracts has been shown in a number of contexts to yield cost savings (for a given level of service) before administrative charges are netted out of 20% on average.’
      • ‘If you try to net them down they tell us two things.’

Origin

Middle English (in the senses ‘clean’ and ‘smart’): from French net neat; see neat. The sense ‘free from deductions’ is first recorded in late Middle English.

Pronunciation:

net

/nɛt/