- noun a complex interconnected group or system of people or things
- noun a system of lines or channels which cross each other
- verb to link people or things together in a network
- A system of computers, transmission channels, and related resources which are interconnected to exchange information. A communications network may be comparatively small, in which case it can be a LAN, or relatively large, in which case it could be a WAN. A LAN may be confined, for instance to a single building, while a WAN may cover an entire country. The communications channels in a network may be temporary or permanent. Also called communications network, or telecommunications network.
- One or more electric circuits incorporating two or more interconnected electrical elements or components, such as resistors, capacitors, coils or generators. There are various ways to classify electric networks. For instance, if a network incorporates active devices, such as amplifiers, it is an active network, while a passive network does not. A bilateral network is one which functions equally well in both directions, while a unilateral network does not. There are many examples of specific networks, and these include bridge, crossover, decoupling, and resistance-capacitance networks. Also called electric network.
- A network of stations connected in a manner that they operate as a group. For instance, a radio network, TV network, radar network, or the like. Also called chain (2).
- The entity producing or emitting that which is broadcast throughout a network (3), such as a radio network.
- Any interconnected group or structure, especially when complex.
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