spi·​der·​web | \ ˈspī-dər-ˌweb How to pronounce spiderweb (audio) \

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

Examples of spiderweb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the whites of his eyes crept a fine spiderweb of pink blood vessels. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Some children immediately tore off their face coverings and sprinted away to whirl on the tire swing, or clamber over the spiderweb, or hunt for cicadas just emerging from their hiding holes in the ground, said principal Brenda Jochems. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Magic users dance to summon a spiderweb of purple lasers. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 Its leather uppers were created in a lab from the spiderweb-like filament structure that mushrooms use to grow. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2021 The lower falls — accessed via a trail on the opposite side of the parking lot — is more dramatic and runs like a spiderweb over a wide, steep rock face. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2021 Houston is home to sprawling suburbs, massive parking lots and a spiderweb of highways. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 Dec. 2020 This species of sundew is a carnivorous plant spiderweb! Dylan Sheng, Sunset Magazine, 14 Oct. 2020 Tracking a virus through its genes The White House cluster could keep growing—like an ever-expanding spiderweb—because the coronavirus so easily spreads, and because nine of 10 Americans remain susceptible. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, 9 Oct. 2020

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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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3 Jun 2021

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“Spiderweb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiderweb. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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spi·​der·​web | \ ˈspī-dər-ˌweb How to pronounce spiderweb (audio) \

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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