from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A strong, narrow, closely woven fabric used especially for seat belts and harnesses or in upholstery.
  • noun Something forming a web.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woven material, especially one woven without pile, plainly and strongly.
  • noun In printing, the broad tapes used to conduct webs or sheets of paper in a printing-machine, or the broad straps or girths attached to the rounce of the hand-press.
  • noun In zoology, the webs of the digits collectively: as, the webbing is extensive or complete; the webbed state of the digits, or the formation of their webs; palmation. See web, n., 10.
  • noun plural Reins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woven band of cotton or flax, used for reins, girths, bed bottoms, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sturdy woven fabric
  • noun military A belt and shoulder harness with attached pouches used to carry a soldier's equipment, water, ammunition, etc.
  • noun baseball The part of a baseball mitt between the forefinger and thumb, the web

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

  • noun something forming a web (as between the toes of birds)
  • noun a narrow closely woven tape; used in upholstery or for seat belts
  • noun a strong fabric woven in strips


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The legs & the feet of the dead one were mostly skeletonized; that's probably why the webbing is not obvious.

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  • Neil Morris, writing in the Independent Weekly, isn't as down on S3 as many, "Nonetheless, much of the webbing is starting to look threadbare."

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  • The fact that the military learned a hundred years ago that a man (yes, I did say man) could carry more kit for longer if it was moved from waist belts to chest webbing is completely lost on them.


  • According to law the webbing needs to be flat whereas in this case the webbing was a curved one and also it had a vertical strap running across it.

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  • Anyone who's ever cleaned a house knows that spider webs don't dissolve in an hour; and the stuff like "web-glue" and "web-balls" that he's used for decades aren't things you can do with actual spider webbing, which is extruded in single, long, super-tough filaments rather than as either crosshatched nets or spaghetti-looking McFarlane glop.

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  • With a wild yell he forgot his bucket and began digging and clawing in the snow, for the object he grasped was the bent ash edge of a snowshoe, and firmly lashed in the center of the webbing was the moccasined foot of a man.

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  • Within minutes, they had all created harnesses with a heavy-duty ribbon-like material called webbing and used the gear they are required to carry to lower themselves to the ground.


  • Shannon Stuart-Smith, founder of the Red River Gorge Climber's Coalition, said the strap that was left behind could have been 10 to 15 years old, because climbers don't often use the type of strap - also known as webbing - as anchors these days.

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  • Within minutes, they had all created harnesses with a heavy-duty ribbon-like material called webbing and used the gear they are required to carry to lower themselves to the ground.


  • The top or roof-pieces are called hoop-sticks, which are lapped, nailed, and securely canvassed to the slats, and which are placed at proper distances from each other,, by means of strong Manchester tape, called girty webbing, which is nailed to the back rails and to each hoop-stick.

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