web

noun
\ ˈweb \

Definition of web 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fabric on a loom or in process of being removed from a loom
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)
4a : 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
7a : 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

web

verb
webbed; webbing

Definition of web (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to construct or form a web

transitive verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from web

Noun

webbed \ ˈwebd \ adjective
weblike \ ˈweb-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of web in a Sentence

Noun

I spent the afternoon surfing the Web. The spider was spinning its web.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The interactive film will work fine on smart TVs, game consoles, web browsers, and Android and iOS hardware. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Not Bander-snatched: Black Mirror confirms fifth season plans," 28 Dec. 2018 For many people, Apple’s default Mail client, or Gmail in a web browser, does a good enough job for handling their desktop email needs. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The first 11 apps to install on your new Mac," 27 Dec. 2018 Her hosting credits include work with Nylon TV Street Style, NYC Fashion Week, and her own web series, Fancy Hipster TV. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Sara Dinkin? Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Stewart's New Girlfriend," 26 Dec. 2018 Tristan Thompson is accused of cheating on Khloe Kardashian after videos of him getting intimate with several different women hit the web. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's FULL Relationship Timeline," 26 July 2018 Edge doesn’t even crack the top three in our roundup of the best web browsers, falling behind Chrome, Opera, and Firefox. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs," 6 Dec. 2018 Patrick Varone, who hosts the web show Shot Topics, considers this fight the moment Pump went from just another reality show to Bravo’s nutcase juggernaut. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "9 Dramatic 'Vanderpump Rules' Moments Nobody Can Ever Forget," 3 Dec. 2018 In home kitchens and in hospitals, Steyn suspended spider webs by a string attached to a nail. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Subscribe on iTunes or Google Play, or find previous episodes on the web at ajc.com. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Listen: ‘The Amazing Castle’ now at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The other main types of sofa suspension are webbing and sinuous-springs. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About 8-Way Hand-Tied Sofas," 5 Jan. 2019 Each of its shows received fresh rounds of attention from the viewing public due to the sheer novelty that Netflix shows — which, at the time, still seemed more akin to web series rather than accomplished television — were actually good. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 Instead, the ball landed in George’s webbing for the game’s final out. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Can you imagine a 16-year-old playing in the majors? This Rockhurst grad did, for the KC Athletics," 8 June 2018 Adults have white plumage, black wings, and webbed feet, along with tubular nostrils on either side of their hooked, pink bills. National Geographic, "The Biggest Bird That Ever Lived and 5 More Bird Superstars," 15 May 2018 Loeffler Randall has a roomy canvas bag with frazada webbing hand-woven in Bolivia. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "It’s Almost Spring. Let’s Get Organized.," 14 Mar. 2018 DNSCrypt's interesting cryptography choices (at least from the point of view of developers used to web crypto) may spook some developers. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to keep your ISP’s nose out of your browser history with encrypted DNS," 8 Apr. 2018 My boobs are up two cup sizes and also webbed with little apostrophes of growth. Laura Goode, Glamour, "No Thanks, Kylie—I’ll Keep My 'Post-Baby Body'," 22 Mar. 2018 Mosquitoes and flies, which also develop inside the pitcher’s fluid, get trapped in X. beaveri webs when exiting the plant as adults. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "The Weird World Inside a Pitcher Plant," 7 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'web.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of web

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for web

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about web

Dictionary Entries near web

weazen

weazened

weazen-faced

web

Webb

web belt

webbing

Statistics for web

Last Updated

12 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for web

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for web

web

noun

English Language Learners Definition of web

: 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

noun
\ ˈweb \

Kids Definition of web

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

web

verb
webbed; webbing

Kids Definition of web (Entry 2 of 2)

: to join or surround with strands woven together

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)

Other Words from web

webbed \ ˈwebd \ adjective

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on web

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with web

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for web

Spanish Central: Translation of web

Nglish: Translation of web for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of web for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about web

Comments on web

What made you want to look up web? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!