Could I use 网形成 to describe a "network" of things with arrows going between them, like this? enter image description here

Does that sound right?

Dictionaries give 网络 for "network." But it seems to me that today 网络 mostly means the internet so it is not a good word for this. Am I wrong about that?

Another possiblity would be just 网. But I am not sure how that would sound to people.

In fact this is for an article on mathematical category theory. Google search shows that when Chinese language websites on category theory use 网络 they normally do use it for the internet, and not to describe networks of arrows

  • there is another word 互联网 specially for Internet. when we talk about a thing like web, just 网, 网状 or 网形。your shape is just 网状图 (Shape => ,图,图形,形状, where the word shape is a noun, not verb, so 形状 not 形成)。“网状图” = a web-like shape. Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 1:27
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    Mathematically, it's a directed graph 有向图 (or digraph, or oriented graph) or a weighted digraph 加权有向图.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 2:49

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"Network" means 网状组织.

You can simply use only 网. For example,

television networks 电视网
a communications network 通讯网
a defense network 防卫网
an intelligence network 情报网
a network of railroads 铁路网
networks of arrows 箭头网; 箭号网

  • Neutral network: 神经元网络
    – River
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 17:15


网:1.用绳、线等结成的捕鱼捉鸟的器具:鱼~。~罗。~开一面(喻用宽大的态度来对待)。~漏吞舟(喻法令太宽,使坏人漏网)。 2.形状像网的东西:电~。发~。 3.像网一样的纵横交错的组织或系统:~点。通信~。天罗地~。 4.用网捕捉:~到一条大鱼。 5.像网似的笼罩着:眼睛里~着红丝。



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