Definition of cobweb in English:

cobweb

noun

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

    ‘the wooden carvings were almost obliterated by cobwebs’
    • ‘Dusty cobwebs collect in the corners of the room.’
    • ‘I had to get the vacuum cleaner out to clean out all the dust and cobwebs.’
    • ‘In the gloom I saw cobwebs hanging from the ceiling.’
    • ‘The only curtain on view had been woven by spiders, and their silky cobwebs obscured a stage of damp walls and dusty floors.’
    • ‘Fake cobwebs and real pumpkins were everywhere.’
    • ‘Unlocking the door, he entered the shop and traded the cold and wet for cobwebs and musk.’
    • ‘As she walked down the hallway she noticed that everything was a bit dustier than she remembered, and cobwebs lined the hallway ceiling.’
    • ‘Hopefully the spring sunshine will rip away the cobwebs and dust that have gathered all winter.’
    • ‘The house was dusty and cobwebs lined the walls.’
    • ‘It was dusty, unpainted, and had cobwebs in every corner.’
    • ‘Sure enough, there it was, nestled in a corner along with a cluster of dusty cobwebs and long deceased spiders.’
    • ‘It was dusty and had cobwebs all over the place; you can tell no one has been down here in quite a while.’
    • ‘The place was dusty and filled with cobwebs as if it had been abandoned for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, I know that archives exist, but archives are invariably dusty, filled with cobwebs and virtually uninhabited.’
    • ‘There are spiders and cobwebs lining the inside of the windows.’
    • ‘He spotted silky cobwebs and hanging skeletons placed around the old wooden walls.’
    • ‘There is a cobweb hanging from a long strand of grass by the dusty dirt road that leads us to our destination.’
    • ‘The place was very dusty and cobwebs hung like a massive veil over the shelves of aged books.’
    • ‘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.’
    spider's web
    View synonyms
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her costumes steal the show, flimsy cobwebs dew-dropped with crystals in shimmering colours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • blow (or clear) away the cobwebs

    • Banish a state of lethargy; refresh oneself.

      ‘a brisk walk along the towpath might blow away the cobwebs’
      • ‘Meditation is by no means easy listening, but if it's a spiritual experience you're after then this'll blow the cobwebs from your brain for good.’
      • ‘‘The conditions were against us and a few lads had not played for a while so it was a matter of blowing the cobwebs off,’ the full-back said.’
      • ‘The trip to South Africa helped blow a few cobwebs away after the winter break.’
      • ‘Its hard-core attitude blows the cobwebs out of the spy genre in a really fun way.’
      • ‘We decided to go training to blow some cobwebs away and get some of this out of the system.’
      • ‘Monday's result cleared away the cobwebs of doubt and left the public in bullish mood.’
      • ‘2003 is upon us and the community is clearing away the cobwebs.’
      • ‘It is still a tad cold, as evidenced by my pink cheeks but it felt good to get out there and let the fresh air clear away the cobwebs.’
      • ‘He shook his head, clearing away the cobwebs that seemed to have gathered in his mind in a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘However, once they came back the players had cleared away the cobwebs and went on to take the match 3-6 6-4 6-4.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cobweb

/ˈkɒbwɛb/