Cobweb definition

kŏbwĕb
A web spun by a spider, esp. one spun indoors that has gathered dust.
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An intricate plot; a snare.

Caught in a cobweb of espionage and intrigue.

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To cover with or as if with cobwebs.
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Something resembling the web of a spider in gauziness or flimsiness.
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Confusion; disorder.

Cobwebs on the brain.

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The web spun by a spider to catch its prey.
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A single thread spun by a spider.
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A single thread of such a web.
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Anything flimsy, gauzy, or ensnaring, like the web of a spider.
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To cover with or as with cobwebs.
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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).
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A spiderweb, or the remains of one, especially an asymmetrical one that is woven with an irregular pattern of threads.
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One of its filaments; gossamer.
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(figuratively) Something thin and unsubstantial, or flimsy and worthless; rubbish.
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(Internet) A web page that either has not been updated for a long time, or that is rarely visited.
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The European spotted flycatcher.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cobweb
Plural:
cobwebs

Origin of cobweb

  • Middle English coppeweb coppe spider (short for attercoppe) (from Old English āttercoppe) (ātor poison) (copp head) web web web

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Middle English coppeweb, from coppe (“spider”), from attercoppe, from Old English āttercoppe, from ātor (“poison”) + copp (“head”) + web (“web”)

    From Wiktionary