A term for two particular networks: Usenet and Internet ( 1.33). For instance, "I read it on the Net" or "You can get that file on the Net."
The Net is a 1995 film directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller. The storyline is based on the public fear of Big Brother in the United States. The film was followed by a short lived television series in 1998 and a direct-to-video sequel, The Net 2.0, produced by the son of producer Irwin Winkler, in 2006.
The Net was a term in alchemy for a copper-antimony alloy, named for its crystalline "net" like surface separated by interstices and thought to be one step in the creation of the philosopher's stone. It was discovered by the American alchemist George Starkey aka Eirenaeus Philalethes, who believed the ancient Greek and Roman myths were really encoded recipes for substances needed in the creation of the philosopher's stone.