- 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
- noun a system which links different points together
- noun a system made of a number of points or circuits that are interconnected
- In CPM (critical path method) terminology, a graphic representation of activities showing their interrelationships.
- A set of connections among a multiplicity of separate entities sharing a common characteristic. Networks of firms or individuals in different countries are thought to facilitate trade.
- 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.
(written as Network)A linked grouping of terminals, computers, servers, etc. More generally, any linked grouping of people in communication with one another, usually with one or more interests held in common.
Information & Library Science
- noun a large number of people, organisations or machines that work together as a system
- verb to join computers together so that they work as a system
- noun a group of communication channels, e.g. television or radio stations, owned by a single company
- noun any of various computer-based systems designed to allow fast communication of information between NHS agencies, e.g. communication of X-ray results from a hospital to a GP surgery