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verb (used with object), spi·der·webbed, spi·der·web·bing.
  1. to cover with a spider web or fine lines resembling a spider web.
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Origin of spiderweb

First recorded in 1890–95; v. use of spider web
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Examples from the Web for spiderweb

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  • It was like looking at a spiderweb through a sheet of frosted glass.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Most of the clothes had rotted away; and when you took hold of a rag, it tore with a touch, like spiderweb.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The spiderweb of roads had faded from the plain, and the landing field was smooth and unmarked.

    The Legion of Lazarus

    Edmond Hamilton

  • They were seated on brilliant butterflies which were harnessed to a spiderweb net.

    Bobbie Bubbles

    E. Hugh Sherwood and Maud Gridley Budlong

  • Then the Rainbow Fairies slipped down from the butterflies and threw the silken strands of the spiderweb net over the bubble.

    Bobbie Bubbles

    E. Hugh Sherwood and Maud Gridley Budlong

Word Origin and History for spiderweb


1530s, from spider + web (n.).

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