gossamer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gossamer characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy "this smallest and most ethereal of birds","gossamer shading through his playing"
    • adj gossamer so thin as to transmit light "a hat with a diaphanous veil","filmy wings of a moth","gauzy clouds of dandelion down","gossamer cobwebs","sheer silk stockings","transparent chiffon","vaporous silks"
    • n gossamer filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
    • n gossamer a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gossamer A fine, filmy substance, like cobwebs, floating in the air, in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. It is seen in stubble fields and on furze or low bushes, and is formed by small spiders.
    • Gossamer An outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer.
    • Gossamer Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gossamer A fine filmy substance, consisting of cobweb formed by various small spiders, and only, according to some, when they are young. It is seen in stubble-fields and on low bushes, and also floating in the air in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. Threads of gossamer are often spun out into the air several yards in length, till, catching a breeze, they lift the spider and carry it on a long aerial voyage.
    • n gossamer A variety of gauze, softer and stronger than the ordinary kind, much used for veils.
    • n gossamer Any thin or light material or fabric; also, a garment made of such material; specifically, a thin water-proof outer wrap, especially for women.
    • n gossamer A mere trifle; a flimsy, trivial matter.
    • gossamer Thin and light as gossamer; light: as, a gossamer waterproof or coat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gossamer gos′a-mėr very fine spider-threads which float in the air or form webs on bushes in fine weather: any thin material
    • adj Gossamer light, flimsy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gossomer, gossummer, gosesomer, perh. for goose summer, from its downy appearance, or perh. for God's summer, cf. G. mariengarr, gossamer, properly Mary's yarn, in allusion to the Virgin Mary. Perhaps the E. word alluded to a legend that the gossamer was the remnant of the Virgin Mary's winding sheet, which dropped from her when she was taken up to heaven. For the use of summer, in the sense of film or threads, cf. G. Mädchensommer, Altweibersommer, fliegender Sommer, all meaning, gossamer

Usage

In literature:

She drew out her work once more and again spread out the crumpled paper pattern upon the gossamer lawn.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The big balloon gossamer came rattling down the long stay and the jaws of the booms ratched, fore and main, as they swung over.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
Ladies clapped their hands and waved their gossamer handkerchiefs in wild enthusiasm, while the general shout rolled upward like thunder.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
His had been so long bound about with swaddling-clothes, airy, sensuous, fine as a gossamer web, yet strong in beliefs and prejudices.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
The growing radiance of the moon glimmered across the water and folded the land in a gossamer veil.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The bellying sails and the woof of cordage aloft, seemed unsubstantial, like a gossamer weaving.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The thin veil passed away from overhead like gossamer.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
But resolutions to lie awake are the veriest gossamer, blown away by the breath that puts the bedside candle out.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
He now sported a pair of tight black trousers, with pumps and gossamer silk stockings.
"Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1." by Samuel Warren
What brings you to port here, you gossamer ship sailing the great sea?
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
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In poetry:

Thy gown should be snow-white silk
And strings of oriental pearls,
Like gossamers dipped in milk,
Should twine with thy raven curls!
"A Lake And A Fairy Boat" by Thomas Hood
"October's deep dew its wet gossamer threw
Upon Leipzig's lawns, leaf-strewn,
Where lately each fair avenue
Wrought shade for summer noon.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
When slowly through the noonday sleep
A phantom something seems to stir,
Like waves of dewy light that creep
Along gray chords of gossamer.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin
Sleep is a pathless labyrinth,
Dark to the gaze of moons and suns,
Through which the exile clue of dreams,
A gossamer thread, obscurely runs.
"The Maze Of Sleep" by Clark Ashton Smith
I am mine no more: I have become a part
Of that great earth that draws a breath and stirs
To meet the spring. But I could wish my heart
Were still a winter of frosty gossamers.
"Poem" by Aldous Huxley
The sun shines bright, the morning's fair,
The gossamers float on the air,
The dew-gems twinkle in the glare,
The spider's loom
Is closely plied, with artful care,
Even in my room.
"The Spider And The Fly" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

Gossamer is a perfect title for Passion Pit's new record.
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3M & Gossamer Debut World's Largest LAT Solar Collector.
Synth-pop group Passion Pit have timed the release of their new video for "Constant Conversations" to Gossamer 's No.
Passion Pit Talk A Walk Gossamer.
Gossamer wisps mystified locals in 1962.
2 3 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia.
Facebook.com/PassionPitOfficial Passion Pit has posted online the video for "I'll Be Alright ," the second single from the band's sophomore album, Gossamer.
"Gossamer" blends several genres, giving it a different sound from the band's first album, "Manners".
Passion Pit appeared last night on 'Saturday Night Live,' where they played two songs — 'Take a Walk' and ' Carried Away' — from their acclaimed sophomore album, 'Gossamer.
2 1 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia.
Bright and colorful electronic pop, Passion Pit's aptly-titled new release "Gossamer" is an explosive yet delicate outpouring of emotions.
Gossamer is a perfect title for Passion Pit 's new record.
Bright and colorful electronic pop, Passion Pit 's aptly-titled new release "Gossamer" is an explosive yet delicate outpouring of emotions.
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In science:

It was awarded in 1977, less than twenty years later, to a team headed by Paul Macready, Jr., for a flight by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Condor.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
By the time that the Gossamer Condor made its award-winning flight, Macready’s team was in competition with several other teams with planes that were flying substantial distances solely under human power.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The flight [of the Gossamer Condor] has shown that, with what appears to be a comparatively unsophisticated design, controlled man-powered flight over a reasonable distance is possible.” (Reay, 1977, page 341) 10 Several other factors markedly differentiate the Kremer and Loebner prizes.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The Gossamer Condor and the digital computer are two outgrowths of this progress.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
Bouchaud, Experts’ earning forecasts: bias, herding, and gossamer information.
Quantitative law describing market dynamics before and after interest-rate change
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