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Samuel Johnson defined it as: "anything reticulated ... at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections"; what communications-term is it?

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Answer: network

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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