- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
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 and History 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).