ETYM as. net; akin to Dutch net, os. net, netti, Old High Germ. nezzi, German netz, Icel. and Dan. net, Swed. nät, Goth. nati; of uncertain origin.
1. An open fabric woven together at regular intervals; SYN. mesh.
2. A trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects.
3. A strip of netting dividing the playing area in tennis or badminton.
4. A goal lined with netting (as in soccer or hockey).
5. Any reticular (web-like) construction, especially for communication.