- a web spun by a spider, esp. one spun indoors that has gathered dust
- a single thread of such a web
- anything flimsy, gauzy, or ensnaring, like the web of a spider
Origin of cobwebMiddle English copweb from coppe, spider ( from Old English -coppe, in atorcoppe from ator, poison + -coppe, spider; probably akin to cop, cop) + web, web
transitive verb-·webbed·, -·web·bing
- a. A spiderweb, especially an old one that is covered in dust.b. A single thread spun by a spider.
- Something resembling a spiderweb in gauziness or flimsiness: “An extraordinary number of elegant ladies … flowed in, heels clicking, diamonds flashing, adjusting tiny cobwebs of priceless lace on immaculate coiffures” ( Jane Stevenson )
- An intricate plot; a snare: caught in a cobweb of espionage and intrigue.
- cobwebs Confusion; disorder: cobwebs on the brain.
transitive verbcob·webbed, cob·web·bing, cob·webs
Origin of cobwebMiddle English coppeweb coppe spider ( short for attercoppe ) ( from Old English āttercoppe ) ( ātor poison ) ( copp head ) web web ; see web.
- A spiderweb, or the remains of one, especially an asymmetrical one that is woven with an irregular pattern of threads.
- One of its filaments; gossamer
- (figuratively) Something thin and unsubstantial, or flimsy and worthless; rubbish.
- An intricate plot to catch the unwary
- (Internet) A web page that either has not been updated for a long time, or that is rarely visited
- The European spotted flycatcher.
cobweb - Computer Definition
From the Middle English coppeweb, meaning spider web. Coppe is an abbreviation of the Old English attercoppe, meaning poison head. In contemporary usage, an abandoned spider web. This definition has absolutely nothing to do with telecommunications, except for the fact that I noticed a cobweb in my office while I was writing this book, and I was compelled to research the term. (It was one more diversionary tactic of mine. The alternatives were load coil, SMDS, and ytterbium.) See also World Wide Web (WWW).
(1) A Web page that has not been updated in a long time.
(2) A Web page that is rarely downloaded because the references to it are obscure or the subject is simply uninteresting.