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What are some good terms for a collection of lines. My actual use-case involves networked collections of lines of thought, but I'm interested in hearing mathematical/scientific terms.

Differently put, as the title states, I'm looking for creative alternatives to the term web.

  • Well, net has the same sense as web in most cases, and, specifically for metaphoric lines, bundle is a common term. It depends on whether and how and in what pattern they're connected (whatever "connection" might map to in your thought metaphor); bundles of lines need not intersect, but they do have some relation to one another, perhaps being results of coordinate equations, or the same algorithm with different inputs. – John Lawler Dec 13 '13 at 17:25
  • If the elements within the "web" are interconnected in some way, perhaps they could be described as a mesh. – FumbleFingers Dec 13 '13 at 17:56
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  • A set (related terms: union, intersection, complement, difference, symmetric difference), a power set, a truth table, a Venn diagram

  • A collection

  • An aggregation

  • Classifications

  • A "string theory" of ideas

  • A think map (see http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/set?&o=100074&s=t)

  • An organizational chart

  • Class

  • Protocol

  • An outline

  • An index

  • An abstract

  • A glossary

  • A Concatenation (more disorganized than organized)

  • Potpourri (disorganized)

  • Melange (disorganized)

I'm sorry if my list (oops, there's another word--list) is kind of "stream of consciousness," but set (and its related terms) is probably your best bet, at least from the perspective of mathematics. As for science, well, that's not my thing, though I suppose one could use the terms kingdom, genus, species, and the like in creative ways in organizing lines of thought!

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