from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woven fabric, especially one on a loom or just removed from it.
  • n. The structural part of cloth.
  • n. A latticed or woven structure: A web of palm branches formed the roof of the hut.
  • n. A structure of delicate, threadlike filaments characteristically spun by spiders or certain insect larvae.
  • n. Something intricately contrived, especially something that ensnares or entangles: caught in a web of lies.
  • n. A complex, interconnected structure or arrangement: a web of telephone wires.
  • n. The World Wide Web.
  • n. A radio or television network.
  • n. A membrane or fold of skin connecting the toes, as of certain amphibians, birds, and mammals.
  • n. The barbs on each side of the shaft of a bird's feather; a vane.
  • n. Baseball A piece of leather or leather mesh that fills the space between the thumb and forefinger of a baseball glove. Also called trap1, webbing.
  • n. Architecture A space or compartment between the ribs or groins of a vault. Also called cell.
  • n. A metal sheet or plate connecting the heavier sections, ribs, or flanges of a structural element.
  • n. A thin metal plate or strip, as the bit of a key or the blade of a saw.
  • n. A large continuous roll of paper, such as newsprint, either in the process of manufacture or as it is fed into a web press.
  • transitive v. To provide with a web.
  • transitive v. To cover or envelop with a web.
  • transitive v. To ensnare in a web.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The silken structure a spider builds using silk secreted from the spinnerets at the caudal tip of its abdomen; a spiderweb. A spider's web
  • n. Any interconnected set of persons, places, or things, which when diagrammed resembles a spider's web.
  • n. Specifically, the World Wide Web (often capitalized Web).
  • n. The part of a baseball mitt between the forefinger and thumb, the webbing. A baseball glove, with a web between the thumb and forefinger
  • n. A latticed or woven structure.
  • n. The interconnection between flanges in structural members, increasing the effective lever arm and so the load capacity of the member.
  • n. The thinner vertical section of a railway rail between the top (head) and bottom (foot) of the rail. Profile of flat-bottomed and bullhead railway rail showing the web
  • n. A fold of tissue connecting the toes of certain birds, or of other animals.
  • n. A continuous strip of material carried by rollers during processing.
  • n. A long sheet of paper which is fed from a roll into a printing press, as opposed to individual sheets of paper.
  • proper n. Alternative capitalization of Web: the World Wide Web.
  • v. to construct or form a web
  • v. to cover with a web or network
  • v. to ensnare or entangle
  • v. to provide with a web

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weaver.
  • n. That which is woven; a texture; textile fabric; esp., something woven in a loom.
  • n. A whole piece of linen cloth as woven.
  • n. The texture of very fine thread spun by a spider for catching insects at its prey; a cobweb.
  • n. Fig.: Tissue; texture; complicated fabrication.
  • n. A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood.
  • n. A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead.
  • n. The blade of a sword.
  • n. The blade of a saw.
  • n. The thin, sharp part of a colter.
  • n. The bit of a key.
  • n. A plate or thin portion, continuous or perforated, connecting stiffening ribs or flanges, or other parts of an object.
  • n. The thin vertical plate or portion connecting the upper and lower flanges of an lower flanges of an iron girder, rolled beam, or railroad rail.
  • n. A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc.
  • n. The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist.
  • n. The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.
  • n. Pterygium; -- called also webeye.
  • n. The membrane which unites the fingers or toes, either at their bases, as in man, or for a greater part of their length, as in many water birds and amphibians.
  • n. The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers. See Feather.
  • n. The world-wide web; -- usually referred to as the web.
  • transitive v. To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to envelop; to entangle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with or as with a web; envelop.
  • To connect with a web, as the toes of a bird; render palmate.
  • n. That which is woven; a woven fabric; specifically, a whole piece of cloth in course of being woven, or after it comes from the loom.
  • n. Same as webbing, 1.
  • n. The warp in a loom.
  • n. Something resembling a web or sheet of cloth; specifically, a large roll of paper such as is used in the web-press for news papers.
  • n. Any one of various thin and broad objects, probably so named from some similarity to the thin, broad fabric of the loom.
  • n. The blade of a sword.
  • n. The blade of a saw.
  • n. The plate (or its equivalent) in a beam or girder which connects the upper and lower fiat or laterally extending plates.
  • n. The corresponding part of a rail, between the tread and the foot. See cut under rail.
  • n. The flat part of a wheel, between the nave and the rim, as in some railway-wheels—occupying the space where spokes would be in an ordinary wheel.
  • n. The solid part of the bit of a key.
  • n. The part of an anvil below the head, which is of reduced size.
  • n. The thin, sharp part of the colter of a plow. See cut under plow.
  • n. A canvas cloth used in a saddle.
  • n. The basketwork of a gabion. See cut under gabion.
  • n. In a vehicle, a combination of bands or straps of a stout fabric, serving to keep the hood from opening too far.
  • n. The arm of a crank.
  • n. In ornithology, the blade, standard, vane, or vexillum of a feather: so called from the texture acquired through the weaving or interlocking of the barbs by the barbules with their barbicels and hooklets.
  • n. The plexus of very delicate threads or filaments which a spider spins, and which serves as a net to catch flies or other insects for its food; a cobweb; also, a similar substance spun and woven into a sort of fabric by many insects, usually as a covering or protection. See bag-worm, web-worm, and tent-caterpillar.
  • n. Figuratively, anything carefully contrived and elaborately put together or woven; a plot; a scheme.
  • n. In anatomy, a connective or other tissue; any open structure composed of fibers and membranes running into each other irregularly as if tangled, and serving to support fat or other soft substances. See tissue and histology.
  • n. In zoology, the membrane or fold of skin which connects the digits of any animal; especially, that which connects the toes of a bird or a quadruped, making the animal palmiped, and the foot itself palmate, as occurs in nearly all aquatic birds (hence called web-footed), and in many aquatic mammals, as the beaver, the muskrat, and ornithorhynchus. Webs sometimes occur as a congenital defect of the human fingers or toes. The relatively largest webs are those of the bats' wings. In birds the extent and special character of the webs (technically called palamæ) are taken into some account in classification, and some conditions of the webs receive special names. See web-footed, and cuts under bat, duckbill, flying-frog, Œdemia, otary, palmate, semipalmate, and totipalmate.
  • n. In coal-mining, the face or wall of a long-wall stall in course of being holed and broken down for removal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an interconnected system of things or people
  • n. membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds and mammals
  • n. the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
  • n. computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol
  • n. a fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven)
  • v. construct or form a web, as if by weaving
  • n. an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving
  • n. an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English webb, from Proto-Germanic *wabjan, from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ- (“weave”).


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