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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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 As instructed, Girl Scout Evelyn began stringing cards with letters written on them onto the green string that connected the dozen girls in a spiderweb of yarn. NBC News, "Girl Scouts fight cybercrime with new cybersecurity badge," 4 Mar. 2018 The map of Afghanistan appears as a spiderweb of lines connecting bases, showing supply routes, as does northeast Syria, where the United States maintains a network of mostly unpublicized bases. Author: Liz Sly, Anchorage Daily News, "US soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging," 29 Jan. 2018 The map of Afghanistan appears as a spiderweb of lines connecting bases, showing supply routes, as does northeast Syria, where the United States maintains a network of mostly unpublicized bases. idahostatesman, "US soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information just by jogging," 29 Jan. 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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