Definition of cobweb in English:



  • 1A spider's web, especially when old and dusty:

    ‘the wooden carvings were almost obliterated by cobwebs’
    • ‘There is a cobweb hanging from a long strand of grass by the dusty dirt road that leads us to our destination.’
    • ‘Unlocking the door, he entered the shop and traded the cold and wet for cobwebs and musk.’
    • ‘The current gang of squatters are not happy we have moved in - the woodworm, some hairy spiders, 20 years of cobwebs and a family of field mice.’
    • ‘The only curtain on view had been woven by spiders, and their silky cobwebs obscured a stage of damp walls and dusty floors.’
    • ‘Yes, I know that archives exist, but archives are invariably dusty, filled with cobwebs and virtually uninhabited.’
    • ‘He spotted silky cobwebs and hanging skeletons placed around the old wooden walls.’
    • ‘There are spiders and cobwebs lining the inside of the windows.’
    • ‘The place was very dusty and cobwebs hung like a massive veil over the shelves of aged books.’
    • ‘Hopefully the spring sunshine will rip away the cobwebs and dust that have gathered all winter.’
    • ‘Fake cobwebs and real pumpkins were everywhere.’
    • ‘I had to get the vacuum cleaner out to clean out all the dust and cobwebs.’
    • ‘It was dusty, unpainted, and had cobwebs in every corner.’
    • ‘They stood side by side for a moment, staring into the torn undersides of the chair, at the cobwebs and the little balls of spider eggs.’
    • ‘In the gloom I saw cobwebs hanging from the ceiling.’
    • ‘As she walked down the hallway she noticed that everything was a bit dustier than she remembered, and cobwebs lined the hallway ceiling.’
    • ‘The place was dusty and filled with cobwebs as if it had been abandoned for years.’
    • ‘Sure enough, there it was, nestled in a corner along with a cluster of dusty cobwebs and long deceased spiders.’
    • ‘Dusty cobwebs collect in the corners of the room.’
    • ‘The house was dusty and cobwebs lined the walls.’
    • ‘It was dusty and had cobwebs all over the place; you can tell no one has been down here in quite a while.’
    cobweb, spider's web
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    1. 1.1Zoology A tangled three-dimensional spider's web.
      • ‘If allowed to stand, a pellicle or cobweb may form, indicating the presence of fibrinogen.’
    2. 1.2 Something resembling a cobweb in delicacy or intricacy:
      ‘the city fans south in a cobweb of canals’
      • ‘At this time of year you have them almost to yourself, and the grey winter light somehow suits the stone cobwebs of broken arches and stranded pinnacles.’
      • ‘Her costumes steal the show, flimsy cobwebs dew-dropped with crystals in shimmering colours.’
      • ‘This time she was dressed in white: a virgin princess lying caught among the cobwebs of the stars.’
      • ‘I strip away cobwebs of fascia obscuring the anatomical structures.’
      • ‘He paints figures in alien grays, faces piled one on top of another, and delicate cobwebs of oil paint suggesting we don't know what.’


Middle English coppeweb, copweb, from obsolete coppe ‘spider’+ web.