network ( networks plural & 3rd person present) ( networking present participle) ( networked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A networkof lines, roads, veins, or other long thin things is a large number of them which cross each other or meet at many points.
usu N of n
...Strasbourg, with its rambling network of medieval streets..., The uterus is supplied with a rich network of blood vessels and nerves.
2 n-count A networkof people or institutions is a large number of them that have a connection with each other and work together as a system.
usu supp N, N of n
Distribution of the food is going ahead using a network of local church people and other volunteers..., He is keen to point out the benefits which the family network can provide.
3 n-count A particular network is a system of things which are connected and which operate together. For example, a computer network consists of a number of computers that are part of the same system.
oft n N
...a computer network with 154 terminals..., Huge sections of the rail network are out of action.
4 n-count A radio or television network is a company or group of companies that broadcasts radio or television programmes throughout an area.
usu supp N
An American network says it has obtained the recordings.
5 verb When a television or radio programme is networked, it is broadcast at the same time by several different television companies.
Lumsdon would like to see his programme sold and networked... be V-ed
He had once had his own networked chat show. V-ed
6 verb If you network, you try to meet new people who might be useful to you in your job. (BUSINESS) In business, it is important to network with as many people as possible on a face to face basis. V with n, Also V
local area network ( local area networks plural ) A local area network is a group of personal computers and associated equipment that are linked by cable, for example in an office building, and that share a communications line. The abbreviation LAN is also used. (COMPUTING) n-count
Users can easily move files between PCs connected by local area networks or the internet.
network card ( network cards plural ) , network interface card A network card or a network interface card is a card that connects a computer to a network. (COMPUTING) n-count
neural network ( neural networks plural ) In computing, a neural network is a program or system which is modelled on the human brain and is designed to imitate the brain's method of functioning, particularly the process of learning. n-count
old-boy network ( old-boy networks plural ) , old boy network When people talk about the old-boy network, they are referring to a situation in which people who went to the same public school or university use their positions of influence to help each other.
(BRIT) n-count usu the N in sing (disapproval)
The majority obtained their positions through the old boy network.