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

But the sheer volume of coverage the web allows for, and the speed with which it can be prolifically shared and commented on, has undoubtedly contributed to the frenzy surrounding the conversation. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 Even setting aside the challenges of AI, manual input options for alternative text are more or less standard across the web, and Twitter added them in 2016. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why did it take Instagram so long to add features for visually impaired people?," 29 Nov. 2018 Across the web, platforms and their users are grappling with what digital speech should be protected and the potential links between rhetoric and action. Elizabeth Minkel, The Verge, "The online free speech debate is raging in fan fiction, too," 8 Nov. 2018 The upgrade became available during the company’s Surface event on Tuesday, but in the days that followed, numerous users across the web reported that the transition deleted massive chunks of data. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of mass file deletion," 6 Oct. 2018 Revelist scouted out Laura Lee and Laura Lee Los Angeles products across the web and found that her products are mysteriously missing from Ulta, ColourPop Cosmetics, Morphe, and BoxyCharm. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Is Laura Lee Getting Dropped by Beauty Brands Because of Her Past Racist Tweets?," 22 Aug. 2018 In recent years some have gained massive audiences, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, which has morphed into a lifestyle brand, or The Skimm, which aggregates news from across the web and this year raised $12 million from the likes of Google. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 From viral Starbucks arrest videos to white women calling the police on black youth for selling water and being at a pool, videos of racist incidents often surge across the web when they're documented. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Hijabi Woman Was Verbally Accosted on an MTA Bus," 12 July 2018 Their web site and LinkedIn page mostly boast work with corporate clients like horse racetrack Churchill Downs and tobacco company Philip Morris. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Behind the PR Machine That Helped Change the Nick Sandmann Narrative," 25 Jan. 2019

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

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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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weazen-faced

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Webb

web belt

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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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