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Net. n.s. [nati, Gothick; net, Saxon.] A texture woven with large interstices or meshes, used commonly as a snare for animals.

Poor bird! thoud'st never fear the net, nor lime,
The pitball nor the gin.
Shakespeare's Macbeth.

He made nets of chequer-work for the chapiters, upon the top of the pillars. 1 Kings vii. 17.

Impatience intangles us like the fluttering of a bird in a net, but cannot at all ease our troubles. Taylor's Holy Living.

            The vegetative tribes,
Wrapt in a filmy net, and clad with leaves.

Sources: The Bible - 1. Kings (7) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Taylor, Jeremy (57) · Thomson, James (73)

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