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. (Science: geometry) 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.
Origin: AS. Net; akin to D. Net, OS. Net, netti, OHG. Nezzi, G. Netz, Icel. & Dan. Net, Sw. Nat, Goth. Nati; of uncertain origin.