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 Based on information from the sports financial web site spotrac.com, 35 players with Alabama football roots will get a weekly base-salary paycheck worth at least $100,000 per week (before taxes, of course) during the 2020 season. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama Roots: $100,000-per-week NFL players," 10 Sep. 2020 Iannotti did not respond to requests for comment and does not appear to have a web site or any significant social media presence. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "NPA candidates with Republican connections are on ballot in tight House and Senate races. Are they alternatives or spoilers?," 9 Sep. 2020 As of Tuesday, the ADHS web site showed 30% of all COVID-19 cases confirmed in Arizona have been Hispanic or Latino individuals, the highest percentage of any groups where ethnicity was confirmed, including white patients, with 23% of cases. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Union cites inequities in strong statement as AIA moves towards fall football," 8 Sep. 2020 Lebanon athletic director Phil Levine posted the cancelation note on the Lebanon athletic web site on Thursday night. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Lebanon-Danville game canceled due to 'small number' of Lebanon players in quarantine," 4 Sep. 2020 The show airs Saturday at 8 p.m. and is accessible here, via the Tipitina's web site. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Festing in Place, Joan of Art contest, and things to do around New Orleans from Sept. 3-6," 3 Sep. 2020 The second largest university in Alabama currently reports data once a week on its web site. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "What we know about the spread of coronavirus at Alabama universities," 27 Aug. 2020 Coldwell Banker has the listing and, according to its web site, the property was listed for rental August 18. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "For $50,000 a month you can rent the 40-plus room Farmington mansion once owned by rapper 50 Cent," 26 Aug. 2020 Residents who eventually managed to apply online found the web site painstakingly slow in delivering a confirmation notice. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "County site crashes after thousands of Seminole residents apply for virus relief dollars," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The Best Products to Buy to Celebrate Earth Day," 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, "Is Zoom ready for most of America to work online?," 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, "Coronavirus cancellations: All the Bay Area events and conferences that are off," 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, "Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined," 3 Nov. 2019 By the time the mites form webs it’s usually too late to save the plants. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Mexican petunia: beautiful and determined to spread," 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, "The little firm that got a big chunk of D.C.’s lottery and sports gambling contract has no employees.," 28 Aug. 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for web

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

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Last Updated

14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Web.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/web. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for web

web

noun
How to pronounce web (audio)

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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