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 The second Magic Lining prototype consisted of 25 motors on felt fabric, arranged in a 20-by-20 centimeter octagon that resembled a spiderweb. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Vibrating Clothes Could Alter the Perception of Your Own Body," 29 Apr. 2020 The ropes are massaged together and flattened to the width of a couple of spiderweb-like fibers. Oliver Whang, New York Times, "The Thinnest Paper in the World," 5 May 2020 Caught in its strands, like flies in a spiderweb, were several birds. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 19 Apr. 2020 Bunnies mated on his right forearm, a spiderweb graced his left shoulder and a red cardinal adorned his cheek. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Controversial Larry Bird mural has been painted over with healthcare worker tribute," 13 Apr. 2020 The rock caused a spiderweb crack in her windshield. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Woman reports that man threw rock at her car, cracking window," 24 Sep. 2019 Then, when Tesla designer Franz von Holzhausen came on stage and threw a ball at the driver's side window of the truck on stage, a spiderweb of cracks appeared. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Elon Musk explains why the Cybertruck's windows broke," 25 Nov. 2019 There are leaves to rake, scary movies to watch, and houses to be festooned with acres of spiderweb simulacra. Wired, "Our 14 Favorite Weekend Deals on TVs, Cameras, and Games," 19 Oct. 2019 Forget your basic spiderweb material that all your neighbors have strewn about their yards. oregonlive, "8 actually disturbing Halloween decorations you can get on Amazon," 18 Sep. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiderweb. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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