cob·​web | \ ˈkäb-ˌweb How to pronounce cobweb (audio) \

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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cobwebbed \ ˈkäb-​ˌwebd How to pronounce cobwebbed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cobweb in a Sentence

Dirt and cobwebs filled the corners of the room. The barn is filled with cobwebs.
Recent Examples on the Web McEnany, who joined the White House last month, took the stage behind a podium that had quite literally been collecting cobwebs before the president began the practice of holding his own daily briefings due to the coronavirus. Time, "'I Will Never Lie to You,' Says New Press Secretary as White House Holds First Press Briefing in Over a Year," 1 May 2020 This 2017 photo provided by Marin Humane shows an owl who had gotten caught up in some decorative Halloween cobwebs outside of a residence in Mill Valley, Calif. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some tips to make Halloween decor less scary for wildlife," 15 Oct. 2019 Some advice from the experts: Update online profiles For longtime staffers, odds are your online resume probably has cobwebs on it. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Coronavirus is putting millions of jobs at risk. Here’s what to do if you’re worried about getting laid off," 20 Mar. 2020 For the clean freak: Black + Decker Pivot Handheld Vacuum Spot-on for the sibling who must always have an immaculate home, a handheld vacuum will clean up the few crumbs that wind up on the floor or the cobweb in a random corner. USA TODAY, "20 amazing housewarming gifts that people actually want," 15 Oct. 2019 Check in the corners for cobwebs; microfiber towels are the best to have on hand. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Thanksgiving is around the corner!," 14 Nov. 2019 When a cricket got hooked, not all the orb spiders could fully pull it up, as a cobweb spider does. Quanta Magazine, "The Thoughts of a Spiderweb," 23 May 2017 Eliminate dust on drapes, cobwebs in corners, and pet fur from your couch with a special attachment no robot vac has yet to surpass. Popular Science, "Five cordless vacuums that help keep your home spotless," 9 Jan. 2020 Workers are expected to paint, tighten and overall tune the attraction to clear out the cobwebs (save those that are part of the experience). Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here's what's new at Disneyland in 2020: Star Wars, Spider-Man and Marvel superheroes," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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“Cobweb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of cobweb

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

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