Definition of cobweb in English:



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

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


  • blow (or clear) away the cobwebs

    • Banish a state of sluggishness; enliven or refresh oneself.

      • ‘Its hard-core attitude blows the cobwebs out of the spy genre in a really fun way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Monday's result cleared away the cobwebs of doubt and left the public in bullish mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We decided to go training to blow some cobwebs away and get some of this out of the system.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘2003 is upon us and the community is clearing away the cobwebs.’
      • ‘He shook his head, clearing away the cobwebs that seemed to have gathered in his mind in a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘The trip to South Africa helped blow a few cobwebs away after the winter break.’
      • ‘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.’


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