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Net, n. Etym: [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, butterflies, etc.

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.)

Defn: 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 Net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.]

1. To make into a net; to make n 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 Net, v. i.

Defn: to form network or netting; to knit.

Net Net, a. Etym: [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 Net, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Netted; p. pr. & vb. n. Netting.]

Defn: to produce or gain as clear profit; as, he netted a thousand Dollars by the operation.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Net - In use among the Hebrews for fishing, hunting, and fowling. The fishing-net was probably constructed after the form of that used by the Egyptians (Isaiah 19:8). There were three kinds of nets. (1.) The drag-net or hauling-net (Gr. sagene ), of great size, and requiring many men to work it. It was usually let down from the fishing-boat, and then drawn to the shore or into the boat, as circumstances might require (Matthew 13:47, Matthew 13:48). (2.) The hand-net or casting-net (Gr. amphiblestron ), which was thrown from a rock or a boat at any fish that might be seen (Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16). It was called by the Latins funda. It was of circular form, "like the top of a tent." (3.) The bag-net (Gr. diktyon ), used for enclosing fish in deep water (Luke 5:4). The fowling-nets were (1.) the trap, consisting of a net spread over a frame, and supported by a stick in such a way that it fell with the slightest touch (Amos 3:5, "gin;" Psalms 69:22; Job 18:9; Ecclesiastes 9:12). (2.) The snare, consisting of a cord to catch birds by the leg (Job 18:10; Psalms 18:5; Psalms 116:3; Psalms 140:5). (3.) The decoy, a cage filled with birds as decoys (Jeremiah 5:26, Jeremiah 5:27). Hunting-nets were much in use among the Hebrews.


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