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 cobweb (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 Turned skyward and concave in a supportive cobweb of carbon fiber called a backplane, the mirror looks like the giant, unblinking compound eye of an insect. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2016 The doctor explained that medical officials in China had reported that X-rayed images of the lungs of those infected with the novel coronavirus often displayed damage that looked like a starry night or a cobweb. USA Today, 10 Dec. 2020 But to Zoey, Halloween is about more than candy or costumes or even the faux cobweb stretched across their front lawn. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2020 Safety-nets in low-income countries are cobweb-thin. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2020 Beneath those charming buttons and listing stalks grow the skinny filaments that make up the mycelium, the vegetative part of the fungus, branching and spreading in a great cobweb inside the earth. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 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, 20 Mar. 2020

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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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