spider's web


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spider's web

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spiderweb

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1. a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insects
2. (Zoology) a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insects
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spider's web - a web resembling the webs spun by spidersspider's web - a web resembling the webs spun by spiders
entanglement, web - an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim
2.spider's web - a web spun by spiders to trap insect prey
cobweb - a dense elaborate spider web that is more efficient than the orb web
funnel web - a funnel-shaped spider web; the funnel-web spider perches in the center of the web
orb web - a circular spider web
sheet web - an irregular spider web woven in a single plane and looking like flattened hammocks
web - an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving; "the trees cast a delicate web of shadows over the lawn"
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English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.
At tide-time you would see one of the loaded ships with battened- down hatches drop out of the ranks and float in the clear space of the dock, held by lines dark and slender, like the first threads of a spider's web, extending from her bows and her quarters to the mooring-posts on shore.
They stood silent; then there were last words, and sobs, and bitter weeping,--such parting as those may make whose hope to meet again is as the spider's web,--and the husband and wife were parted.
He seems to me to be possessed by some power which is using him for its own ends, and in whose hold he is as helpless as a fly in a spider's web.
Sometimes I heard four or five at once in different parts of the wood, by accident one a bar behind another, and so near me that I distinguished not only the cluck after each note, but often that singular buzzing sound like a fly in a spider's web, only proportionally louder.
The walls were fluffy and heavy with dust, and in the corners were masses of spider's webs, whereon the dust had gathered till they looked like old tattered rags as the weight had torn them partly down.
And Pamela Duffy was intrigued by this intricate, frozen spider's web outside her front door.
Spider's web kept the holy family and baby Jesus safe.
The two had emerged victorious in a battle over Larsson's estate with Larsson's longtime partner Eva Gabrielsson; she criticized the publication of Spider's Web.
UK News Company the Independent announced on Thursday the first plot details from the new novel The Girl in the Spider's Web from David Lagercrantz.
He said the chart "appears to display a spider's web of interconnections" but was missing information about a further eight management companies, 30 banks and 30 individuals tied to Young.
Well, US boffins have created the spider-goat whose milk can be used to create an artificial spider's web.