web

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noun

1
: a fabric on a loom or in process of being removed from a loom
2
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 adjective
weblike adjective

web

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verb

webbed; webbing

intransitive verb

: to construct or form a web

transitive verb

1
: to cover with a web or network
2
3
: to provide with a web

Example Sentences

Noun I spent the afternoon surfing the Web. The spider was spinning its web.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Later, the European Parliament's web site came under a cyberattack by a pro-Moscow group only hours after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a resolution calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism, the legislature's president said Wednesday. Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2022 The survey was conducted via landline, cellphone and text-to-web. Alexandra Marquez, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Those familial ties also intermix with non-genetic friendships and create an extensive web of connections that traditionally exclude Black coaches. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2022 All these organizations have informative web pages on the topic. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The app can be accessed on Apple devices, smart TVs, streaming devices, set-top cable boxes, and game consoles as well as Apple’s web site. Joe Reedy, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Nov. 2022 Son Steven Santizo is finishing up Ganache’s web site. George Castle, Chicago Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Kelsey is the former chairman of the Republican Town Committee in Old Lyme, and the town’s web site lists him as the chair of its Board of Finance. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 28 Oct. 2022 The results also suggest a much bigger gap than others have found so far such as the non-partisan, data-crunching FiveThirtyEight web site that shows voters narrowly favor (44.9%-44.6%) a Republican over a Democrat on a generic ballot. USA Today, 27 Oct. 2022
Verb
The forum will be broadcast live in English on NBC10 and NECN and those stations web sites, and a Spanish language stream will be available on TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 There might have been more time if not for decades of climate denial by companies including Exxon Mobil, a history that web comic xkcd cleverly highlights this week. Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 Keen Harvest Flip Whether these are your house shoes for quarantine comfort or your beach cruisers once regulations relax, Keen’s eco-friendly sandals boast webbing made from 100 percent recycled bottles. Sunset Magazine, 22 Apr. 2020 The popular video conferencing platform Zoom routes web traffic to 17 of its data centers sprinkled around the globe. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2020 Some have switched to web video broadcasts or online gatherings and some have postponed or rescheduled planned events. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, 5 Mar. 2020 The Nordic island country straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, molding a volcanic terrain webbed by glacial rivers and studded with gemstone-aquamarine lakes. Wired, 3 Nov. 2019 By the time the mites form webs it’s usually too late to save the plants. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 13 Sep. 2019 Vernon Bailey, who web archives show was initially listed as the chief executive on the Veterans Services’ site, was described as its treasurer as recently as Aug. 1. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of web was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Web.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/web. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

web 1 of 2

noun

1
: a fabric on a loom or in the process of being removed from a loom
2
b
: a network of threads spun especially by the larvae of various insects (as tent caterpillars) and usually serving as a nest or shelter
c
: something that catches and holds one
spies caught in a web of plots
3
: a membrane of an animal or plant
especially : one uniting toes (as of many waterbirds)
4
5
capitalized : world wide web

web

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verb

webbed; webbing
1
: to make or form a web
2
: to cover or provide with webs or a web

Medical Definition

: 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 adjective

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