Meaning of network

net•work

Pronunciation: (net'wûrk"), [key]
— n.
  1. any netlike combination of filaments, lines, veins, passages, or the like: a network of arteries; a network of sewers under the city.
  2. She was hired by the network as program coordinator.
    1. a group of transmitting stations linked by wire or microwave relay so that the same program can be broadcast or telecast by all.
    2. a company or organization that provides programs to be broadcast over these stations:She was hired by the network as program coordinator.
  3. a system of interrelated buildings, offices, stations, etc., esp. over a large area or throughout a country, territory, region, etc.: a network of supply depots.
  4. an arrangement of conducting elements, as resistors, capacitors, or inductors, connected by conducting wire.
  5. a netting or net.
  6. a system containing any combination of computers, computer terminals, printers, audio or visual display devices, or telephones interconnected by telecommunication equipment or cables: used to transmit or receive information.
  7. an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to provide mutual assistance, helpful information, or the like: a network of recent college graduates.
—v.i.
  1. to cultivate people who can be helpful to one professionally, esp. in finding employment or moving to a higher position: His business lunches were taken up with networking.
—v.t.
  1. to place (as a program from a local radio or television station) in or on a network: The station will try to network the local cooking show.
  2. to connect to a network.
  3. to distribute widely: We charge a small fee for networking your résumé.
  4. to cover with or as if with a network: to network a bay with buoy markers.
  5. to organize into a network: to network the state's independent stations.
  6. to broadcast (a program) over a radio or television network.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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