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The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Exercise

You are a computing student, writing an essay on networking. Look at the following extract from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Answer the questions that follow:


network network; AmE -work noun, verb
noun 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 a closely connected group of people, companies, etc. that exchange information, etc: a communications / distribution network . a network of friends 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 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 IDM see OLD BOY


  1. How many different meanings can you find?
  2. Which one is useful for you?
  3. Where might you look next for more information?

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