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cob·web

 (kŏb′wĕb′)
n.
1.
a. A spiderweb, especially an old one that is covered in dust.
b. A single thread spun by a spider.
2. Something resembling a spiderweb in gauziness or flimsiness: "An extraordinary number of elegant ladies ... flowed in, heels clicking, diamonds flashing, adjusting tiny cobwebs of priceless lace on immaculate coiffures" (Jane Stevenson).
3. An intricate plot; a snare: caught in a cobweb of espionage and intrigue.
4. cobwebs Confusion; disorder: cobwebs on the brain.
tr.v. cob·webbed, cob·web·bing, cob·webs
To cover with or as if with cobwebs.

[Middle English coppeweb : coppe, spider (short for attercoppe, from Old English āttercoppe : ātor, poison + copp, head) + web, web; see web.]

cob′web′by adj.

cobweb

(ˈkɒbˌwɛb)
n
1. (Zoology) a web spun by certain spiders, esp those of the family Theridiidae, often found in the corners of disused rooms
2. (Zoology) a single thread of such a web
3. something like a cobweb, as in its flimsiness or ability to trap
[C14 cob, from coppe, from Old English (ātor)coppe spider; related to Middle Dutch koppe spider, Swedish (dialect) etterkoppa]
ˈcobˌwebbed adj
ˈcobˌwebby adj

cob•web

(ˈkɒbˌwɛb)

n., v. -webbed, -web•bing. n.
1. a spiderweb, esp. when irregular.
2. anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.
3. a network of plot or intrigue.
4. cobwebs, confusion or indistinctness: a head full of cobwebs.
v.t.
5. to cover with or as if with cobwebs.
[1275–1325; Middle English coppeweb, derivative of Old English -coppe spider (in ātorcoppe poison spider); c. Middle Dutch koppe; see web]
cob′web`by, adj.

cobweb

- A single thread spun by a spider.
See also related terms for spider.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cobweb - a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
2.cobweb - filaments from a web that was spun by a spidercobweb - filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
3.cobweb - a dense elaborate spider web that is more efficient than the orb web
spider web, spider's web - a web spun by spiders to trap insect prey
Translations
بَيْتُ العَنْكَبُوتنَسيجُ بَيْتِ العَنْكَبوت
pavučina
spindelvæv
hämähäkinverkko
paučina
pókháló
kóngulóarvefur
くもの巣
거미집
voratinklis
zirnekļtīkls
pajčevina
spindelnät
ใยแมงมุม
mạng nhện

cobweb

[ˈkɒbweb] Ntelaraña f
to blow away the cobwebs (fig) → despejar la mente

cobweb

[ˈkɒbwɛb] n [spider] → toile f d'araignée
to blow away the cobwebs → faire peau neuve

cobweb

n (= single thread, threads)Spinn(en)webe f; (= full cobweb)Spinnennetz nt; a brisk walk will blow away the cobwebs (fig)ein ordentlicher Spaziergang und man hat wieder einen klaren Kopf

cobweb

[ˈkɒbˌwɛb] nragnatela

cobweb

(ˈkobweb) noun
a spider's web. You can't have cleaned this room – there are cobwebs in the corner.

cobweb

بَيْتُ العَنْكَبُوت pavučina spindelvæv Spinnennetz ιστός αράχνης telaraña hämähäkinverkko toile d’araignée paučina ragnatela くもの巣 거미집 spinnenweb spindelvev pajęczyna teia de aranha паутина spindelnät ใยแมงมุม örümcek ağı mạng nhện 蜘蛛网
References in classic literature ?
The rich and heavy festoons of cobweb, which it had cost a long ancestral succession of spiders their life's labor to spin and weave, had been carefully brushed away from the ceiling.
Alive or dead a fish is technically fast, when it is connected with an occupied ship or boat, by any medium at all controllable by the occupant or occupants, -- a mast, an oar, a nine-inch cable, a telegraph wire, or a strand of cobweb, it is all the same.
In one of them was a woman, in foul rags, who sat on the ground, and would not answer a question or speak a word, but only looked up at us once or twice, through a cobweb of tangled hair, as if to see what casual thing it might be that was disturbing with sound and light the meaningless dull dream that was become her life; after that, she sat bowed, with her dirt-caked fingers idly interlocked in her lap, and gave no further sign.
Away down on the level under the black mass of the Castle, the town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights; there were rows of lights on the bridges; these flung lances of light upon the water, in the black shadows of the arches; and away at the extremity of all this fairy spectacle blinked and glowed a massed multitude of gas-jets which seemed to cover acres of ground; it was as if all the diamonds in the world had been spread out there.
Wilson began to study Luigi's palm, tracing life lines, heart lines, head lines, and so on, and noting carefully their relations with the cobweb of finer and more delicate marks and lines that enmeshed them on all sides; he felt of the fleshy cushion at the base of the thumb and noted its shape; he felt of the fleshy side of the hand between the wrist and the base of the little finger and noted its shape also; he painstakingly examined the fingers, observing their form, proportions, and natural manner of disposing themselves when in repose.
I was embarrassed how to punish him when I discovered his part in the business: he's such a cobweb, a pinch would annihilate him; but you'll see by his look that he has received his due
When I had groped my way, blindly, through these difficulties, and had mastered the alphabet, which was an Egyptian Temple in itself, there then appeared a procession of new horrors, called arbitrary characters; the most despotic characters I have ever known; who insisted, for instance, that a thing like the beginning of a cobweb, meant expectation, and that a pen-and-ink sky-rocket, stood for disadvantageous.
While they were doing this they discovered a lot of new and wonderful things that the pirates must have stolen from other ships: Kashmir shawls as thin as a cobweb, embroidered with flowers of gold; jars of fine tobacco from Jamaica; carved ivory boxes full of Russian tea; an old violin with a string broken and a picture on the back; a set of big chess-men, carved out of coral and amber; a walking-stick which had a sword inside it when you pulled the handle; six wine-glasses with turquoise and silver round the rims; and a lovely great sugar-bowl, made of mother o' pearl.
The cellar, indeed, was filled with crazy lumber, mostly dating from the times of the surgeon who was Jekyll's predecessor; but even as they opened the door they were advertised of the uselessness of further search, by the fall of a perfect mat of cobweb which had for years sealed up the entrance.
When the doctor's four guests heard him talk of his proposed experiment, they anticipated nothing more wonderful than the murder of a mouse in an air pump, or the examination of a cobweb by the microscope, or some similar nonsense, with which he was constantly in the habit of pestering his intimates.
The ladder is covered with dust and there is a cobweb under the top rung of it.
This was the beginning of my being called Old Woman, and Little Old Woman, and Cobweb, and Mrs.