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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
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