from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The web or net spun by a spider; cobweb; gossamer. Also spider-cot.


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  • You find yourself ignoring clothes and looking at an inky foot, a spider-web neck, a dragon shoulder.

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  • She burst through as though it were filmy spider-web and disappeared in the underbrush.

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  • A spider-web pattern of cracks appeared in the glass.

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  •   And soon, very soon, Anna's frustrating problem was known to a ragged spider-web of people on two continents.

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  • Then this spider-web that was stretched across two trees, smeared across my face.

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  • Bracing the gun against his shoulder via its stubby, compacted telescoping stock, he fired a short burst into the cars, seeing glass spider-web and metal puncture and dust and water fly, while the gun roared, the spent shells cascading free in a brass-glinting spurt like flung pebbles across a lake.

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  • If families are a delicate balance of personalities, then a multiple-marriage family is spider-web thin and strong, entangling all who enter with strong confusing holds.

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  • The iconic "spider-web" black-and-white keffiyeh is often displayed symbolically by members of Arafat's Fateh party (which more generally uses yellow as its party colour), although it has never been able to expropriate it as their exclusive symbol.

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  • She had traveled maybe two miles, through the spider-web of the base complex, meeting no one; for this month, the base was scarcely manned at all.

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  • Building facades were undamaged, but windows had punch holes without spider-web impact breakage.

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