Samuel Johnson defined it as:
"anything reticulated ... at equal distances, with interstices between the
intersections"; what communications-term is it?
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Source: Johnson's Dictionary s.v. Network.
Since then the sense has evolved as such: any complex, interlocking system
(1839), multiple transmitter broadcasting system (1914), group of
interconnected people (1947), to interconnect computers (1972), and to try to
meet people (1980s).
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