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web

noun \ ˈweb \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of web

1 : a fabric on a loom or in process of being removed from a loom
2 a : cobweb, spiderweb
b : a network of silken thread spun especially by the larvae of various insects (such as a tent caterpillar) and usually serving as a nest or shelter
3 : a tissue or membrane of an animal or plant; especially : that uniting fingers or toes either at their bases (as in humans) or for a greater part of their length (as in many waterbirds)
4 a : a thin metal sheet, plate, or strip
b : the plate connecting the upper and lower flanges of a girder or rail
c : the arm of a crank
5 : something resembling a web:
a : snare, entanglement
  • a web of intrigue
  • ensnarled in a web of folly
  • —D. A. Stockman
b : an intricate pattern or structure suggestive of something woven : network
6 : the series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a feather : vane
7 a : a continuous sheet of paper manufactured or undergoing manufacture on a paper machine
b : a roll of paper for use in a rotary printing press
8 : the part of a ribbed vault between the ribs
9 or Web : world wide web

webbed

play \ˈwebd\ adjective

weblike

play \ˈweb-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of web in a Sentence

  1. I spent the afternoon surfing the Web.

  2. The spider was spinning its web.

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Origin and Etymology of web

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Norse vefr web, Old English wefan to weave

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web

verb

Definition of web

webbed; webbing
intransitive verb
: to construct or form a web
transitive verb
1 : to cover with a web or network
3 : to provide with a web

Recent Examples of web from the Web

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First Known Use of web

1604



WEB Defined for English Language Learners

web

noun

Definition of web for English Language Learners

  • : a net made from silk threads woven together by a spider

  • : a complicated arrangement or pattern of things

  • : an area of skin that is between the fingers or toes of an animal or bird (such as a duck)


WEB Defined for Kids

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web

noun \ ˈweb \

Definition of web for Students

2 : a network of threads spun especially by the larvae of certain insects (as tent caterpillars) and usually serving as a nest or shelter
3 : something that catches and holds like a spider's web
  • He was caught in a web of lies.
4 : a complex pattern like something woven
  • a web of trails
5 : a layer of skin or tissue that joins the toes of an animal (as a duck)
6 capitalized : world wide web

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web

verb

Definition of web for Students

webbed; webbing
: to join or surround with strands woven together

Medical Dictionary

web

noun \ ˈweb \

medical Definition of web

: a tissue or membrane of an animal or plant; especially : that uniting fingers or toes either at their bases (as in humans) or for a greater part of their length (as in many waterbirds)

webbed

play \ˈwebd\ adjective


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