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

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In midsummer, whitewater churns down two wide slabs of bumpy black rock to create the spiderweb-like lower falls. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When you visit Copper Falls, check out this hidden gem of a waterfall nearby," 15 Aug. 2019 The results, though, are sometimes misunderstood: Eckhaus Latta’s signature spiderweb knits have been described as crocheted. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Handcrafted Fashion: Why We Crave It in the Digital Age," 25 June 2019 Watch an ant rip apart a spiderweb to rescue a sibling Ants are famous for putting themselves at risk for the wellbeing of their colony, but desert harvester ants are especially heroic. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of spiderweb

circa 1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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