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  1. something formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving.
  2. a thin, silken material spun by spiders and the larvae of some insects, as the webworms and tent caterpillars; cobweb.
  3. Textiles.
    1. a woven fabric, especially a whole piece of cloth in the course of being woven or after it comes from the loom.
    2. the flat woven strip, without pile, often found at one or both ends of an Oriental rug.
  4. something resembling woven material, especially something having an interlaced or latticelike appearance:

    He looked up at the web of branches of the old tree.

  5. an intricate set or pattern of circumstances, facts, etc.:

    The thief was convicted by a web of evidence. Who can understand the web of life?

    Synonyms: snare, maze, tangle, tissue, network

  6. something that snares or entangles; a trap:

    innocent travelers caught in the web of international terrorism.

  7. Zoology. a membrane that connects the digits of an animal, as the toes of aquatic birds.
  8. Ornithology.
    1. the series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a feather.
    2. the series on both sides, collectively.
  9. an integral or separate part of a beam, rail, truss, or the like, that forms a continuous, flat, narrow, rigid connection between two stronger, broader parallel parts, as the flanges of a structural shape, the head and foot of a rail, or the upper and lower chords of a truss.
  10. Machinery. an arm of a crank, usually one of a pair, holding one end of a crankpin at its outer end.
  11. Architecture. (in a vault) any surface framed by ribbing.
  12. a large roll of paper, as for continuous feeding of a web press.
  13. a network of interlinked stations, services, communications, etc., covering a region or country.
  14. Informal. a network of radio or television broadcasting stations.
  15. Sometimes Web. Digital Technology. World Wide Web (preceded by the, except when used before a noun).

verb (used with object)

, webbed, web·bing.
  1. to cover with or as if with a web; envelop.
  2. to ensnare or entrap.

verb (used without object)

, webbed, web·bing.
  1. to make or form a web.


/ wɛb /


  1. any structure, construction, fabric, etc, formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving retiary
  2. a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insects See also cobweb
  3. a similar network of threads spun by certain insect larvae, such as the silkworm
  4. a fabric, esp one in the process of being woven
  5. a membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds or the digits of such aquatic mammals as the otter
  6. the vane of a bird's feather
  7. architect the surface of a ribbed vault that lies between the ribs
  8. the central section of an I-beam or H-beam that joins the two flanges of the beam
  9. any web-shaped part of a casting used for reinforcement
  10. the radial portion of a crank that connects the crankpin to the crankshaft
  11. a thin piece of superfluous material left attached to a forging; fin
    1. a continuous strip of paper as formed on a paper machine or fed from a reel into some printing presses
    2. ( as modifier )

      a web press

      web offset

  12. the woven edge, without pile, of some carpets
    1. often capital short for World Wide Web
    2. ( as modifier )

      a web site

      web pages

  13. any structure, construction, etc, that is intricately formed or complex

    a web of intrigue

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. tr to cover with or as if with a web
  2. tr to entangle or ensnare
  3. intr to construct a web
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


/ wĕb /

  1. A structure of fine, elastic, threadlike filaments characteristically spun by spiders to catch insect prey. The larvae of certain insects also weave webs that serve as protective shelters for feeding and may include leaves or other plant parts.
  2. A membrane or fold of skin connecting the toes in certain animals, especially ones that swim, such as water birds and otters. The web improves the ability of the foot to push against water.
  3. The World Wide Web.


  1. See Internet .

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwebless, adjective
  • ˈwebˌlike, adjective
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Other Words From

  • webless adjective
  • weblike adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of web1

First recorded before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German webbe, Old Norse vefr; akin to weave
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Word History and Origins

Origin of web1

Old English webb; related to Old Saxon, Old High German webbi, Old Norse vefr
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Example Sentences

Nothing specific is changing today with Google Search, but think about these changes in the long term and keep improving your web site.

To collect its facts, Diffbot’s AI reads the web as a human would—but much faster.

Neither Google Analytics nor Facebook Connect are essential to run these web pages and are services that could have been replaced or at least deactivated by now.

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The room is a two-dimensional, pixelated drawing displayed in a web browser.

A site on the dark web associated with the NetWalker ransomware group posted screenshots of internal network files and directories believed to be associated with Cygilant.

He was referring to web censorship behind the Great Firewall.

With its vast web of resources and services, including its support groups, the Center has often helped save these people lives.

How has your experience been shaped by digital encounters and the social web?

The caller mentioned my work, which focused primarily on consumer products, mobile apps, emerging start-ups, and web trends.

That leads us to wonder why galaxies and their black holes somehow “know” where they are in the cosmic web.

It was no wonder that he felt quite at home in the duck-pond, which was made for web-footed folk.

"It is n't distressingly calm now," said the extra-strong frames—they were called web-frames—in the engine-room.

The touch of the soft fabric reassured him: it was as soft as though woven of spider's web, and strong as fibres of steel.

These threads in the web of industry, which had shone that day for the first time, were the lives of two little children.

At first girders had solid or plate webs, but for spans over 100 ft. the web always now consists of bracing bars.


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