web

noun
\ ˈweb How to pronounce web (audio) \

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

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Other Words from web

Noun

webbed \ ˈwebd How to pronounce webbed (audio) \ adjective
weblike \ ˈweb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce weblike (audio) \ 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

For their part, Rivers and Weddle know the journey ahead has as many potential branches as Greater L.A.’s web of freeways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Weddle, Rivers have talked of all-L.A. Super Bowl, but know it’s only August," 1 Aug. 2019 The world depends on a complex web of transnational corporations that account for 80% of global trade, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development. Fortune, "Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Us to Feed Ourselves," 25 July 2019 Earlier, when the web browser was the lone medium to access the internet, an ISP could easily identify and block the uniform resource locator (URL) of that page and the content would be unreachable. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "It took a ban and a government notice for ByteDance to wake up in India," 21 July 2019 Heck, Alabama tailgating parties have a bigger presence on the web than the Democrats, and appear far more functional. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "Bama Dems are victims of their own dirty tricks," 16 July 2019 Longtime fans will be able to spot a web of connections to the main series, while new readers will hopefully be intrigued by these foreboding glimpses of what's to come. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Comic 'Promethee' Launching Spinoff '13:13' During Comic-Con," 15 July 2019 These were children who grew up cut loose from the web of cousins and great-aunts and family doctors and lifelong neighbors who had traditionally suggested and enforced the society’s values. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Joan Didion Saw," 29 June 2019 The unfolding plot snags a dozen main characters in a web of duplicity, human misery, betrayal and murder that Atkinson skillfully relates from multiple points of view — investigators, criminals, family members and victims alike. Bruce Desilva, Dallas News, "A vile conspiracy is taken down in long-awaited novel 'Big Sky'," 25 June 2019 And there’s an intriguing web of motifs: doppelgängers, mysterious boxes, the uncanny power of writing. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One idea has been that the information, which is publicly available to web developers and others, will fuel an app that helps people find empty parking spaces. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Police Department ramps up use of streetlamp video cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns," 5 Aug. 2019 Using plywood and lumber, firefighters build supports and webbing to hold up the sides of the trench, and access patients through ladders and safety ropes. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Trench collapse kills worker in Encino," 3 July 2019 Whereas bird and insect wings are quite stiff, similar to airplanes, bats have webbed hands with multiple joints, and the webbing is muscular. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 The small spiderlike pests suck the juices from the underside of the tomato foliage to the point that the leaves fade and look dusty, and eventually there will be webs visible. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 As expected, Adobe itself got into the game with Adobe XD, specifically tailored to web and mobile designers. Khe Hy, Quartz at Work, "Five “creator” apps that have captured Silicon Valley’s attention," 19 June 2019 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

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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

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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 How to pronounce web (audio) \

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 How to pronounce web (audio) \

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 How to pronounce webbed (audio) \ adjective

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