web·​bing | \ ˈwe-biŋ How to pronounce webbing (audio) \

Definition of webbing

1 : a strong narrow closely woven fabric designed for bearing weight and used especially for straps or upholstery

Examples of webbing in a Sentence

I need to replace the webbing on the lawn chair.

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However, in sport climbing, the rock already has bolt hangers drilled into it, and climbers bring quickdraws — two carabiners attached by a piece of webbing — to clip into those hangers for safety. Brion O’connor, BostonGlobe.com, "For some rock climbers, nothing beats bouldering," 31 July 2019 The distance is uninteresting and the commercials get caught in the webbingof my eyebrows. Ed Skoog, Harper's magazine, "Night," 22 July 2019 Notably heavy at almost three pounds, the M1 was made more comfortable by adjustable webbing, which could be tightened or loosened to give a better fit for individual skull sizes and shapes. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet," 27 June 2019 The surgeries removed the webbing from his right hand and doctors were able to create a partial hand of his left, which had no fingers prior to the operations. Steven Goode, courant.com, "His mother died saving his life during the Hartford Circus Fire, but Jerry LeVasseur turned a catastrophe into a lifetime of opportunity," 6 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 Her product offers seven colors of nylon webbing to choose from in four wrist sizes, ranging from six to nine inches. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Jump into summer fun with new activities galore: Valley Views," 16 June 2019 Castro turned his body at the last second, stuck out the glove on his left hand and caught the ball toward the end of the webbing. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers strike out 15 times in 4-2 loss to Indians," 15 June 2019 Djali licked almond talc from Emma’s finger webbing. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "True Mirages," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of webbing

1761, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of webbing

: strong and tightly woven material that is used in strips to support, catch, or hold things

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