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

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process, the operation of the web site or otherwise in violation of these Official Rules. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Enter EW’s Stranger Things Walkie T-ALKIE giveaway sweepstakes," 8 July 2019 According to a story on the Missions' web site, the long balls traveled a total of 891 feet. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 12, Brewers 2: Nightmare performance all the way around," 6 July 2019 The duo responsible for uncovering the vulnerability accessed the car’s web browser, executed code on its firmware and displayed a message on the infotainment system before making off with the Model 3 and $375,000. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Here's how hackers are making your Tesla, GM and Chrysler less vulnerable to attack," 5 July 2019 And no product was more dominant than Microsoft’s web browser, Internet Explorer. David Ingram, NBC News, "Privacy-first browsers look to take the shine off Google's Chrome," 5 July 2019 Specifically, people were asked not to place chairs on the public parkway or use blankets or tarps secured by stakes or tape off areas, according to a note on the village’s web site. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Patriotic parade kicks off second say of Frontier Days in Arlington Heights," 5 July 2019 To do this, upload your pics through your web browser or your phone using their app. 11. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "16 Perks of Amazon Prime No One Tells You About," 1 July 2019 Her office encouraged anyone knows of a child who may have been a victim of exploitation to call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or to visit the organization’s web site at www.missingkids.com. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Youth worker from Burnsville sentenced to 20 years for producing child porn," 27 June 2019 The case dealt with the company's moves to kneecap the Netscape web browser by bundling its own product, Internet Explorer, into Windows, the dominant PC operating system. Dina Bass, latimes.com, "Microsoft’s past antitrust missteps offer lessons for today’s tech giants," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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weazened

weazen-faced

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Webb

web belt

webbing

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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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