spiderweb

noun
spi·​der·​web | \ ˈspī-dər-ˌweb \

Definition of spiderweb

1 : the network of silken thread spun by most spiders and used as a resting place and as a trap for small prey
2 : something that resembles or suggests a spiderweb

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But the stewardship and governance codes introduced by the government, designed to encourage a focus on returns and dismantle the country’s spiderweb of inefficient cross-shareholdings, have had a notable effect. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Japan’s Corporate Revolution Deserves Another Look After Selloff," 4 Jan. 2019 Granted, that might not be much of a concern when underneath there’s a spiderweb of cracks. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Repair a Cracked Phone Screen," 28 Dec. 2018 Another spiderweb shows up later in the film, but this time the spider has departed and a few segments are missing from the web. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018 The spiderweb motif was repeated throughout the building. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cairo: A Type of Love Story," 30 Apr. 2018 At one point Granik stops to admire a large, perfect spiderweb, as beautiful and fragile as the father and daughter's life together. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Leave No Trace approaches homelessness on the most intimate terms," 11 July 2018 And while the murder remains unsolved, efforts to crack the case revealed a spiderweb of gang activity — leading to 85 gang arrests aimed at disrupting the Mexican mafia, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Christmas murder led to 85 arrests of gang's 'middle management' and 'foot soldiers,' California cops say | The Sacramento Bee," 3 May 2018 The elevator was accessed through iron spiderweb gates. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cairo: A Type of Love Story," 30 Apr. 2018 Other favorites are David Allan Coe's suit covered in butterflies, Jimmy Page's dragon suit, Webb Pierce's spiderweb suit, Hank Snow's frog suit. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Meet the Designer Behind Post Malone’s Epic Nudie Suit," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spiderweb

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spiderweb was circa 1649

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spiderweb

noun
spi·​der·​web | \ ˈspī-dər-ˌweb \

Kids Definition of spiderweb

: the silken web spun by most spiders and used as a resting place and a trap for prey

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