verb (used with object), webbed, web·bing.

to cover with or as if with a web; envelop.
to ensnare or entrap.

verb (used without object), webbed, web·bing.

to make or form a web.

Origin of web

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German webbe, Old Norse vefr; akin to weave
Related formsweb·less, adjectiveweb·like, adjective

Synonyms for web

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16. See Internet
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any structure, construction, fabric, etc, formed by or as if by weaving or interweavingRelated adjective: retiary
a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insectsSee also cobweb (def. 1)
a similar network of threads spun by certain insect larvae, such as the silkworm
a fabric, esp one in the process of being woven
a membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds or the digits of such aquatic mammals as the otter
the vane of a bird's feather
architect the surface of a ribbed vault that lies between the ribs
the central section of an I-beam or H-beam that joins the two flanges of the beam
any web-shaped part of a casting used for reinforcement
the radial portion of a crank that connects the crankpin to the crankshaft
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)web offset; a web press
the woven edge, without pile, of some carpets
  1. the web (often capital) short for World Wide Web
  2. (as modifier)a web site; web pages
any structure, construction, etc, that is intricately formed or complexa web of intrigue

verb webs, webbing or webbed

(tr) to cover with or as if with a web
(tr) to entangle or ensnare
(intr) to construct a web
Derived Formswebless, adjectiveweblike, adjective

Word Origin for web

Old English webb; related to Old Saxon, Old High German webbi, Old Norse vefr
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Word Origin and History for web

Old English webb "woven fabric," from Proto-Germanic *wabjam "fabric, web" (cf. Old Saxon webbi, Old Norse vefr, Dutch webbe, Old High German weppi, German gewebe "web"), from PIE *webh- "to weave" (see weave (v.)).

Meaning "spider's web" is first recorded early 13c. Applied to the membranes between the toes of ducks and other aquatic birds from 1570s. Internet sense is from 1992, shortened from World Wide Web (1990). Web browser, web page both also attested 1990.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

web in Medicine




A membrane or fold of skin connecting the toes, as of certain mammals.
A structure of delicate, threadlike filaments characteristically spun by spiders.
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web in Science



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.
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.
also Web The World Wide Web.
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web in Culture


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