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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 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 Tips to Crime Stoppers can be made through the 24-hour tip line at 215-STOP (7867), through the P3-tips app, on the web at www.215STOP.com or via the Central Alabama Crime Stoppers Facebook page. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Seeing Aniah Blanchard’s accused kidnapper in court was ‘very stressful on us all,’ family says," 12 Nov. 2019 Stories can be viewed on the web at vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk . Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: The stone-cold facts of uroliths in livestock animals," 9 Nov. 2019 While shopping on the web might seem like a hassle-free choice, your strategy — or lack of one — can still make or break your experience. cleveland, "How-to tips for getting Black Friday deals online," 2 Nov. 2019 The legislation aims to route Russian web traffic and data through points controlled by state authorities and to build a national Domain Name System to allow the Internet to continue working even if Russia is cut off from foreign infrastructure. Washington Post, "Russia enacts ‘sovereign Internet’ law; free speech activists cry foul," 1 Nov. 2019 The game will broadcast on pluto.tv (534) on the web and can be heard on the radio in Phoenix on KDUS-AM 1060. azcentral, "Case Cookus chasing Big Sky record as NAU heads to Eastern Washington," 1 Nov. 2019 Although the tech giants are not the only reason that publishers’ revenues have eroded, even small tweaks in Facebook’s algorithms have an outsize effect on publishers’ web traffic. BostonGlobe.com, "Now the two sides have formed an uneasy truce.," 26 Oct. 2019 Even two years later, the Siberian telecommunications provider that services the city, Sibirskie Seti, said that Norilsk residents still consumed nearly twice as much web traffic as their other customers. New York Times, "On ‘Island’ in Russian Arctic, Arrival of Fast Internet Shakes Political Calm," 20 Oct. 2019 The campaign, aimed at driving up web traffic in hopes of catching criminals, shows fugitives with a digital mask, obscuring their gender, which falls away as viewers scroll down the individual bio. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Europol's 'Crime Has No Gender ' campaign lists 'most wanted' women fugitives," 19 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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

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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)


\ 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


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 webbed (audio) \ adjective

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