cob·web | \ˈkäb-ˌweb \

Definition of cobweb 

1a : the network spread by a spider : spiderweb

b : tangles of the silken threads of a spiderweb usually covered with accumulated dirt and dust

2 : something that entangles, obscures, or confuses a cobweb of law and politics

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Other Words from cobweb

cobwebbed \-ˌwebd \ adjective

Examples of cobweb in a Sentence

Dirt and cobwebs filled the corners of the room. The barn is filled with cobwebs.

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The plastic light fitting, set high up near the top, as high as a double-decker bus, is encrusted with layers of pale-grey pigeon droppings and cobwebs. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018 The crumbling hotel looks like Disney’s old Tower of Terror ride, sans cobwebs and coated in the warmer tones of aged bronze, peeling emerald-green wallpaper and shabby red carpeting. Monica Castillo, kansascity, "High-profile cast makes ‘Hotel Artemis’ worth checking out," 7 June 2018 And while there may be a few more burned out light bulbs and cobwebs each time, the food continues to impress. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "My Lifelong Love of Julia Child Led Me to Her Favorite Restaurant, Chez Georges In Paris," 23 May 2018 Cobwebs: Use your vacuum to remove cobwebs from the ceiling and around windows in unfinished basements. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring cleaning: A spotless, well-organized home is your reward," 4 May 2018 Sheds, which have traditionally been used for stowing lawn mowers, tools and cobwebs, have become convenient garden domiciles, often designed without the headache of permits (height limits still apply). The New York Times, New York Times, "Trends in Design and Architecture," 5 Mar. 2018 If your wallet is mostly storing dust and cobwebs, use the next few weeks to save, budget, and set long-term goals. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What May's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 26 Apr. 2018 An overhead cobweb of ultra-high-voltage power lines connects the power stations to the city’s voracious aluminum smelters. Keith Bradsher And Ailin Tang, New York Times, "Trump Condemns Chinese Factories. China Is Already Closing Some.," 13 Mar. 2018 The grinning jack-o'-lanterns say their goodbyes, the cobwebs get brushed away, and the skeletons return to their coffins. Suzanna Lantana, Country Living, "I'm Decorating for Christmas on November 1st," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of cobweb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cobweb

Middle English coppeweb, from coppe spider (from Old English ātorcoppe) + web; akin to Middle Dutch coppe spider

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clear the cobwebs

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English Language Learners Definition of cobweb

: the threads of old spider webs that are found in areas that have not been cleaned for a long time


cob·web | \ˈkäb-ˌweb \

Kids Definition of cobweb

1 : spiderweb

2 : tangles of threads of old spiderwebs usually covered with dirt and dust

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