Definition of network noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈnetwɜːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈnetwɜːrk//
    Radio broadcasting, Running a business, Producing TV shows
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  1. 1  a complicated system of roads, lines, tubes, nerves, etc. that cross each other and are connected to each other a rail/road/canal network a network of veins
  2. 2  a closely connected group of people, companies, etc. that exchange information, etc. a communications/distribution network a network of friends See related entries: Running a business
  3. 3   (computing) a number of computers and other devices that are connected together so that equipment and information can be shared The office network allows users to share files and software, and to use a central printer. see also LAN, WAN
  4. 4  a group of radio or television stations in different places that are connected and that broadcast the same programmes at the same time the four big US television networks See related entries: Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
  5. Extra examples Administrators can secure the network by segmenting it into zones. All computer users are connected on a network. Drinking water is brought to the town through a network of underground pipes. Members are all linked together in a network. Once a supplier joins the network, its shipping systems are integrated with the others. The files are accessible over a network. The new rail services will form a network connecting the capital and major cities. The newspapers are sent out via a national distribution network. The show was first aired on the cable network Showtime. They are establishing a network of pumps and pipelines to move the oil. They were unable to run the telephone network economically. Users can access data across a network. We are dismantling the financial networks that have funded terrorism. We must fight terrorist networks and all those who support them. an extensive network of underground tunnels laptops connected to wireless networks one of the depots in the company’s network software to help you manage your network the structure of the brain’s neural networks An informal network of self-employed people exists in the area. Elderly people were once supported by an extensive family network. Recruitment is largely through the old boy network. She has a supportive network of close friends. The company has a network of regional offices. The organization controlled a network of spies in the decades after the war. They have one of the most efficient distribution networks in Europe.Idioms (British English, informal) the practice of men who went to the same school using their influence to help each other at work or socially Recruiting staff used to be done by means of the old boy network.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: network