- a web spun by a spider to entrap its prey.
- a single thread spun by a spider.
- something resembling a cobweb; anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.
- a network of plot or intrigue; an insidious snare.
- cobwebs, confusion, indistinctness, or lack of order: I'm so tired my head is full of cobwebs.
- to cover with or as with cobwebs: Spiders cobwebbed the cellar.
- to confuse or muddle: Drunkenness cobwebbed his mind.
Origin of cobweb
Related Words for cobwebweb, fiber, network, labyrinth, gossamer, mesh, toil, net, snare, tissue, webbing
Examples from the Web for cobweb
Contemporary Examples of cobweb
The sun was setting, and he pointed to a cobweb glistening in a ray of light.Raped by a Teacher: One Woman’s Tragic Past at the Horace Mann School
September 19, 2012
Historical Examples of cobweb
He passed one hand in front of his face as if brushing a cobweb or—a hair.If You Touch Them They Vanish
And he went away, brushing the sleeve of his coat which had caught a cobweb.The Arena
And when I asked her if the cobweb were bothering her, she said both it and the bubble had vanished.Antony Gray,--Gardener
He affixed a reel, threaded a cobweb line, and selected a fly.The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
What is the use of a shield on a wall, or a lance that has a cobweb for a pennon?Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a web spun by certain spiders, esp those of the family Theridiidae, often found in the corners of disused rooms
- a single thread of such a web
- something like a cobweb, as in its flimsiness or ability to trap
Word Origin for cobweb
early 14c., coppewebbe; the first element is Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe "spider," literally "poison-head" (see attercop). Spelling with -b- is from 16c., perhaps from cob. Cob as a stand-alone for "a spider" was an old word nearly dead even in dialects when J.R.R. Tolkien used it in "The Hobbit" (1937).