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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Other Words from cobweb

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.

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Double the celebration might bring double the reason to stock up on fake cobwebs and fun-sized candy. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "The people behind that Halloween petition want to create a new holiday: National Trick or Treat Day," 31 July 2019 But don’t expect clunky pipes or cobwebs here—in 2015, the current owners (Red Carnation Hotels) unveiled a stunning $75 million restoration of this 5 Star award-winning hotel. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019 Dust, grime and cobwebs are built up along the pillars. Mckenna Oxenden,, "You asked: What’s at the top of that weird spire in Baltimore’s skyline? We took a reader up to find out.," 25 July 2019 Despite a few cobwebs and a little dust, more than 1,061 guests have rated this 600-year-old castle with 5 stars. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Castle Airbnb in Ireland Looks Like It's Straight Out of Game of Thrones," 15 May 2019 Edmunds, giving away 6 inches and a good 50 pounds to Gronkowski, didn’t mope or waste a second trying to shake the cobwebs out. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "What wall? Steelers rookie Edmunds proving reliable, durable," 26 Dec. 2018 On the flip side, doom and gloom blooms adorned with extra cobwebs and spiders to dark hearts' delight. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman House Was a Spooky Adventure Fit for Instagram," 26 Oct. 2018 The greenery surrounding the lagoon in Aitoliko is buried in thick, sticky cobwebs. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Giant spider web stretches 1,000 feet across lagoon: They're having 'a party'," 19 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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 How to pronounce cobweb (audio) \

Kids Definition of cobweb

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

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