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{{11}}net (adj.) "remaining after deductions," 1510s, from earlier sense of "trim, elegant, clean, neat" (c.1300), from O.Fr. net "clean, pure," from L. nitere "to shine, look bright, glitter" (see NEAT (Cf. neat)). Meaning influenced by It. netto "remaining after deductions." As a noun, 1910.
{{12}}net (n.) O.E. net "netting, network, spider web, mesh used for capturing," also figuratively, "moral or mental snare or trap," from P.Gmc. *natjan (Cf. O.S. net, O.N., Du. net, Swed. nät, O.H.G. nezzi, Ger. Netz, Goth. nati "net"), originally "something knotted," from PIE *ned- "to twist, knot" (Cf. Skt. nahyati "binds, ties," L. nodus "knot," O.Ir. nascim "I bind, oblige").
{{12}}net (v.1) "to capture in a net," early 15c., from NET (Cf. net) (n.). Related: Netted; netting.
{{13}}net (v.2) "to gain as a net sum," 1758, from NET (Cf. net) (adj.). Related: Netted; netting.

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