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.

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Still, just dusting off the diplomatic cobwebs was by international standards a big deal. Richard Roth, CNN, "UN Security Council has its first meeting on Kashmir in decades -- and fails to agree on a statement," 16 Aug. 2019 While the product won’t hit stores until late August or mid-September, depending on the location, there are other parts of the mall where the jack-o’-lanterns and cobwebs are already out in full force. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "Why is Halloween starting in the summer?," 16 Aug. 2019 Their fashion, politics, music, movies and mores would blow away the old like cobwebs in a wind tunnel. Leonard Pitts Jr - Miami Herald, The Mercury News, "Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fifty years later, Woodstock issues remain relevant," 13 Aug. 2019 The whiteboard still lists the cows that were hurt or sick, the silver tanks are redolent of sour milk, and cobwebs cover the milking pumps. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Farmers fight to save their land in rural Minnesota as trade war intensifies," 12 Aug. 2019 Now their modern descendants, the cobweb spiders, dangle sticky threads below, wait until insects walk by and get snagged, and reel their unlucky victims in. Quanta Magazine, "The Thoughts of a Spiderweb," 23 May 2017 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

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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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