verb (used with object), cob·webbed, cob·web·bing.
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|Abigail Pesta|September 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We went from empty stall to empty stall, to reassure the women; there wasn't so much as a cobweb in any of them.A Woman Named Smith|Marie Conway Oemler
The sexton was running now—running fast, trailing the cobweb over twigs and mud.The Mystery of Choice|Robert William Chambers
When I claim from you a love which would approach mine, I am wrong: how can one expect that a cobweb should weigh as much as gold?The Empress Josephine|Louise Muhlbach
On either bank, the wharves were thronged with shipping—straight masts and cobweb cordage, dense as primeval forests.Dust|Julian Hawthorne
This is an ingenious stratagem; but in general it is so badly managed, that it is more easily seen through than a cobweb.
British Dictionary definitions for cobweb
Word Origin for cobweb
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).