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gos·sa·mer

 (gŏs′ə-mər)
n.
1. A fine film of cobwebs that is often seen floating in the air or is caught on bushes or grass.
2. Something that is light, delicate, or sheer, such as fabric.
adj.
Sheer, light, or delicate: "An iron bedstead swathed in gossamer muslin stands out from all walls, adrift as a cloud" (Margo Miller). See Synonyms at airy.

[Middle English gossomer : gos, goose; see goose + somer, summer (probably from the abundance of gossamer during early autumn when geese migrate and are often hunted ); see summer1.]

gos′sa·mer·y adj.

gossamer

(ˈɡɒsəmə)
n
1. (Textiles) a gauze or silk fabric of the very finest texture
2. a filmy cobweb often seen on foliage or floating in the air
3. anything resembling gossamer in fineness or filminess
4. (modifier) made of or resembling gossamer: gossamer wings.
[C14 (in the sense: a filmy cobweb): probably from gos goose1 + somer summer1; the phrase refers to St Martin's summer, a period in November when goose was traditionally eaten; from the prevalence of the cobweb in the autumn; compare German Gänsemonat, literally: goosemonth, used for November]
ˈgossamery adj

gos•sa•mer

(ˈgɒs ə mər)

n.
1. a fine, filmy cobweb found on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather.
2. any thin, light fabric, esp. one used for veils.
3. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
adj.
4. Also, gos•sa•mer•y (ˈgɒs ə mə ri) of or like gossamer.
[1275–1325; Middle English gosesomer (see goose, summer1)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gossamer - a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
netting, veiling, gauze - a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave
2.gossamer - filaments from a web that was spun by a spidergossamer - filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
fibril, filament, strand - a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
Adj.1.gossamer - characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"
delicate - exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china"; "a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
2.gossamer - so thin as to transmit lightgossamer - so thin as to transmit light; "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"

gossamer

adjective delicate, light, fine, thin, sheer, transparent, airy, flimsy, silky, diaphanous, gauzy daring gossamer dresses of sheer black lace

gossamer

adjective
So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film:
Translations
خيوط رقيقه من خيوط العنكبوتشبيه بخيوط العنكبوت
babí létolehoučkýpavučinkovýtenoučký
spindelvævspindelvævstynd
hämähäkinseitti
ökörnyálfátyolszövetfinom fátyolszövet
næfuròunnurörfínn kóngulóarvefur eîa -òráîur
plonas kaip voratinklis
tīmeklim līdzīgstīmeklisviegls un plāns
babie letopavučinový
inceince örümcek ağıtül gibi

gossamer

[ˈgɒsəməʳ] N (= web) → telaraña f; (= fabric) → gasa f
gossamer-thinmuy delgado

gossamer

[ˈgɒsəmər] n
(= cobweb) → fils mpl de la Vierge
(= light fabric) → gaze f

gossamer

n
Spinnfäden pl, → Marienfäden pl
(Tex) → hauchdünne Gaze
adjhauchdünn

gossamer

[ˈgɒsəməʳ] n (fabric) → garza, mussolina; (cobweb) → filo di ragnatela

gossamer

(ˈgosəmə) noun
the fine threads made by a spider which float in the air or lie on bushes.
adjective
like gossamer. a blouse of a gossamer material.
References in classic literature ?
One evening, at a bridal party (but not her own; for, so lost from self-control, she would have deemed it sin to marry), poor Alice was beckoned forth by her unseen despot, and constrained, in her gossamer white dress and satin slippers, to hasten along the street to the mean dwelling of a laboring-man.
Now old Merlin stepped into view and cast a dainty web of gossamer threads over Sir Sagramor which turned him into Hamlet's ghost; the king made a sign, the bugles blew, Sir Sagramor laid his great lance in rest, and the next moment here he came thundering down the course with his veil flying out behind, and I went whistling through the air like an arrow to meet him -- cocking my ear the while, as if noting the invisible knight's position and progress by hearing, not sight.
So the real rain was turned on and began to descend in gossamer lances to the mimic flower-beds and gravel walks of the stage.
It was a little thing with a veil of gossamer on its head.
The postilions, with a thousand gossamer gnats circling about them in lieu of the Furies, quietly mended the points to the lashes of their whips; the valet walked by the horses; the courier was audible, trotting on ahead into the dun distance.
A few of the dancers had already changed into ordinary dress; but most of them wore their skirts of gossamer gauze; and all had thought it the right thing to put on a special face for the occasion: all, that is, except little Jammes, whose fifteen summers--happy age
The silken hair, too, had been suffered to grow all unheeded, and as, in its wild gossamer texture, it floated rather than fell about the face, I could not, even with effort, connect its Arabesque expression with any idea of simple humanity.
When the child of morning rosy-fingered Dawn appeared, Ulysses put on his shirt and cloak, while the goddess wore a dress of a light gossamer fabric, very fine and graceful, with a beautiful golden girdle about her waist and a veil to cover her head.
The sunshine was on them: that early autumn sunshine which we should know was not summer's, even if there were not the touches of yellow on the lime and chestnut; the Sunday sunshine too, which has more than autumnal calmness for the working man; the morning sunshine, which still leaves the dew-crystals on the fine gossamer webs in the shadow of the bushy hedgerows.
There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream.
When thus skimming across a prairie in the autumn, their light gray or dun color blends with the hue of the withered herbage, the swiftness of their motion baffles the eye, and they almost seem unsubstantial forms, driven like gossamer before the wind.