(Net) n. [AS. net; akin to D. net, OS. net, netti, OHG. nezzi, G. netz, Icel. & Dan. net, Sw. nät,
Goth. nati; of uncertain origin.]
1. A fabric of twine, thread, or the like, wrought or woven into meshes, and used for catching fish, birds,
2. Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding.
A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.Prov. xxix. 5.
In the church's net there are fishes good or bad.Jer. Taylor.
3. Anything wrought or woven in meshes; as, a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net.
4. (Geom.) A figure made up of a large number of straight lines or curves, which are connected at
certain points and related to each other by some specified law.
(Net), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.]
1. To make into a net; to make in the style of network; as, to net silk.
2. To take in a net; to capture by stratagem or wile.
And now I am here, netted and in the toils.Sir W. Scott.
3. To inclose or cover with a net; as, to net a tree.
(Net), v. i. To form network or netting; to knit.
(Net), a. [F. See Neat clean.]
1. Without spot; pure; shining. [Obs.]
Her breast all naked as net ivory.Spenser.
2. Free from extraneous substances; pure; unadulterated; neat; as, net wine, etc. [R.]
3. Not including superfluous, incidental, or foreign matter, as boxes, coverings, wraps, etc.; free from
charges, deductions, etc; as, net profit; net income; net weight, etc. [Less properly written nett.]
Net tonnage (Naut.), the tonnage of a vessel after a deduction from the gross tonnage has been made,
to allow space for crew, machinery, etc.
(Net), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.] To produce or gain as clear profit; as,
he netted a thousand dollars by the operation.
(Net"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) An astrophyton.
(Neth"er) a. [OE. nethere, neithere, AS. niðera, fr. the adv. niðer downward; akin to neoðan
below, beneath, D. neder down, G. nieder, Sw. nedre below, nether, a. & adv., and also to Skr. ni