\ 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


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


webbed \ ˈwebd How to pronounce web (audio) \ adjective
weblike \ ˈweb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce web (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 To check the status of any bill, or to read the Davis-Stirling Act, use www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov, the Legislature’s official web site. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 The school has also created a web site to sell merchandise, with hoodies priced at $50 apiece. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 Advance registration is suggested for the program by calling the Oswegoland Park District at 630-554-1010 or visiting its web site at https://www.oswegolandparkdistrict.org/ and referencing program 20880. David Sharos, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 However, the school’s web site was taken down last week. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 7 Sep. 2021 For the 2022 coverage year, the annual fall open enrollment period begins Nov. 1 and runs to December 15, according to the government’s healthcare.gov web site. Bruce Japsen, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The district announced the policy on Tuesday on its web site. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The sneaker marketplace deployed Quantum Metric’s platform across its web site and native apps to optimize the customer journey for sellers, buyers and bidders. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 Katie Stokes, who owns the web site Edible San Diego, joined an ad hoc committee of creek supporters around the time the vision plan was completed. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The forum will be broadcast live in English on NBC10 and NECN and those stations web sites, and a Spanish language stream will be available on TelemundoNuevaInglaterra.com. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 There might have been more time if not for decades of climate denial by companies including Exxon Mobil, a history that web comic xkcd cleverly highlights this week. Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 3 Nov. 2019 By the time the mites form webs it’s usually too late to save the plants. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, 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, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of web


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


circa 1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for web


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

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“Web.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/web. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of web

: a net made from silk threads woven together by a spider : spider web
: a complicated arrangement or pattern of things


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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


webbed; webbing

Kids Definition of web (Entry 2 of 2)

: to join or surround with strands woven together


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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 web (audio) \ adjective

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