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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Net \Net\ (n[e^]t), n. [AS. net; akin to D. net, OS. net, netti, OHG. nezzi, G. netz, Icel. & Dan. net, Sw. n[aum]t, 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything designed or fitted to entrap or catch; a snare; any device for catching and holding. [1913 Webster] A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet. --Prov. xxix. 5. [1913 Webster] In the church's net there are fishes good or bad. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything wrought or woven in meshes; as, a net for the hair; a mosquito net; a tennis net. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. A network. [informal] [PJC] 6. Specifically: The internet; -- usually the net; as, I found it on the net. [slang] [PJC]