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

There was not a single wall in this house that did not have cockroaches … and spider webs attached to the ceiling. Fox News, "Idaho police arrest couple after finding children in cockroach-infested home: report," 22 Aug. 2019 Those spikes were apparently tied to users who had decided to block Windows Search’s ability to search the web. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's patch to fix Windows Search breaks Windows Search," 13 Sep. 2019 In May, restrictions on hiring immigrants for a slew of professions—veterinarians, web designers, psychiatrists, medics and architects—were lifted, and the startup and innovator visa routes were introduced. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The UK has good news for Indian students—and, perhaps, bad news for the US," 13 Sep. 2019 Snip a small corner from the bag and pipe web on a small plate. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Silly Spider Cupcake," 12 Sep. 2019 Its web store is increasingly unwieldy and unusable. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Amazon Is a Logistical Disaster," 11 Sep. 2019 Anyone with information on Wallace’s whereabouts is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour tip line at 334-215-STOP (7867), through the P3-tips app, via the web at www.215STOP.com or the Central Alabama Crime Stoppers’ Facebook page. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "20-year-old 2-time murder suspect nabbed by U.S. Marshals," 11 Sep. 2019 The display will also be Pantone-calibrated to appeal to video and photo editors and graphic or web designers who require the best color accuracy. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech From IFA 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 But as Google’s power grew, particularly in the web search and online advertising markets, some companies began to allege that the company was favoring its own content at a cost to competitors. David Ingram, NBC News, "'Ransom': Google faces antitrust probes — and that's emboldening some of its critics," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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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