|n.||1.||A fabric of threads, cords, or wires crossing each other at certain intervals, and knotted or secured at the crossings, thus leaving spaces or meshes between them.|
|2.||Any system of lines or channels interlacing or crossing like the fabric of a net; |
|3.||(Computers) A system of computers linked together by communications channels allowing the exchange of data between the linked computers.|
|4.||(Radio, Television) A group of transmitting stations connected by communications channels that permit the same program to be broadcast simultaneously from multiple stations over a very wide area; |
|5.||(Electricity, Electronics) Any arrangement of electrical devices or elements connected together by conducting wires; |
|6.||A group of buildings connected by means of transportation and communication between them, and controlled by a central organization for a common purpose; |
|v. i.||1.||To take steps to make and cultivate the acquaintance of people who can be helpful to oneself, especially in finding new employment, advancing to a higher position in one's occupation, or exchanging information.|
|v. t.||1.||To connect together into a network; |
|Noun||1.||network - an interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life"; "tangled in a web of cloth"|
|2.||network - (broadcasting) a communication system consisting of a group of broadcasting stations that all transmit the same programs; "the networks compete to broadcast important sports events"|
|3.||network - an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals|
|4.||network - a system of intersecting lines or channels; "a railroad network"; "a network of canals"|
|5.||network - (electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits|
Synonyms: electronic network
|Verb||1.||network - communicate with and within a group; "You have to network if you want to get a good job"|
|(networking)||network - Hardware and software data communication systems.|
The OSI seven layer model attempts to provide a way of partitioning any computer network into independent modules from the lowest (physical) layer to the highest (application) layer. Many different specifications exist at each of these layers.
Networks are often also classified according to their geographical extent: local area network (LAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), wide area network (WAN) and also according to the protocols used.
See BITNET, Ethernet, Internet, Novell, PSTN, network, the.
[Tanenbaum, A., "Computer Networks; 2nd ed.", Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1989.]