- a woven fabric, especially a whole piece of cloth in the course of being woven or after it comes from the loom.
- the flat woven strip, without pile, often found at one or both ends of an Oriental rug.
- the series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a feather.
- the series on both sides, collectively.
verb (used with object), webbed, web·bing.
verb (used without object), webbed, web·bing.
Origin of web
Synonyms for web
- a continuous strip of paper as formed on a paper machine or fed from a reel into some printing presses
- (as modifier)web offset; a web press
- the web (often capital) short for World Wide Web
- (as modifier)a web site; web pages
verb webs, webbing or webbed
Word Origin 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.