Definition of cobweb in English:



usually cobwebs
  • 1A spider's web, especially when old and covered with dust.

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


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