• Spider and its web
    Spider and its web
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v web construct or form a web, as if by weaving
    • n web the flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
    • n web membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds and mammals
    • n web an intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim
    • n web a fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven)
    • n web computer network consisting of a collection of internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol
    • n web an interconnected system of things or people "he owned a network of shops","retirement meant dropping out of a whole network of people who had been part of my life","tangled in a web of cloth"
    • n web an intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving "the trees cast a delicate web of shadows over the lawn"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Margin of Frog's Web Margin of Frog's Web
Web of a Frog's Foot Web of a Frog's Foot

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No two spider webs are the same.
    • Web (Carriages) A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood.
    • Web (Mach. & Engin) A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc.
    • Web A plate or thin portion, continuous or perforated, connecting stiffening ribs or flanges, or other parts of an object.
    • Web A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead. "And Christians slain roll up in webs of lead."
    • n Web A weaver.
    • Web A whole piece of linen cloth as woven.
    • Web Fig.: Tissue; texture; complicated fabrication. "The somber spirit of our forefathers, who wove their web of life with hardly a . . . thread of rose-color or gold.""Such has been the perplexing ingenuity of commentators that it is difficult to extricate the truth from the web of conjectures."
    • Web (Med) Pterygium; -- called also webeye.
    • Web That which is woven; a texture; textile fabric; esp., something woven in a loom. "Penelope, for her Ulysses' sake,
      Devised a web her wooers to deceive."
      "Not web might be woven, not a shuttle thrown, or penalty of exile."
    • Web (Mach. & Engin) The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist.
    • Web The bit of a key.
    • Web The blade of a saw.
    • Web The blade of a sword.
    • Web (Anat) The membrane which unites the fingers or toes, either at their bases, as in man, or for a greater part of their length, as in many water birds and amphibians.
    • Web (Mach. & Engin) The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.
    • Web (Zoöl) The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers. See Feather.
    • Web The texture of very fine thread spun by a spider for catching insects at its prey; a cobweb. "The smallest spider's web ."
    • Web (Mach. & Engin) The thin vertical plate or portion connecting the upper and lower flanges of an lower flanges of an iron girder, rolled beam, or railroad rail.
    • Web The thin, sharp part of a colter.
    • v. t Web wĕb To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to envelop; to entangle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The search engine "Lycos" is named for Lycosidae, the Latin name for the wolf spider family. Unlike other spiders that sit passively in their web, wolf spiders are hunters, actively stalking their prey.
    • n web That which is woven; a woven fabric; specifically, a whole piece of cloth in course of being woven, or after it comes from the loom.
    • n web Same as webbing, 1.
    • n web The warp in a loom.
    • n web Something resembling a web or sheet of cloth; specifically, a large roll of paper such as is used in the web-press for news papers.
    • n web Any one of various thin and broad objects, probably so named from some similarity to the thin, broad fabric of the loom. Especially— A sheet or thin plate, as of lead.
    • n web The blade of a sword.
    • n web The blade of a saw.
    • n web The plate (or its equivalent) in a beam or girder which connects the upper and lower fiat or laterally extending plates.
    • n web The corresponding part of a rail, between the tread and the foot. See cut under rail.
    • n web The flat part of a wheel, between the nave and the rim, as in some railway-wheels—occupying the space where spokes would be in an ordinary wheel.
    • n web The solid part of the bit of a key.
    • n web The part of an anvil below the head, which is of reduced size.
    • n web The thin, sharp part of the colter of a plow. See cut under plow.
    • n web A canvas cloth used in a saddle.
    • n web The basketwork of a gabion. See cut under gabion.
    • n web In a vehicle, a combination of bands or straps of a stout fabric, serving to keep the hood from opening too far.
    • n web The arm of a crank.
    • n web In ornithology, the blade, standard, vane, or vexillum of a feather: so called from the texture acquired through the weaving or interlocking of the barbs by the barbules with their barbicels and hooklets. That vane which is furthest from the middle line of the bird's body is the outer web; the other, the inner web, is technically distinguished as pogoilium externum and internum, The two often differ from each other in size, shape, or color, or in all these respects; the difference is most pronounced on the flight-feathers (as seen in any quill pen) and lateral rudder-feathers. See cuts under aftershaft, barb, ocellate, and penciling.
    • n web The plexus of very delicate threads or filaments which a spider spins, and which serves as a net to catch flies or other insects for its food; a cobweb; also, a similar substance spun and woven into a sort of fabric by many insects, usually as a covering or protection. See bag-worm, web-worm, and tent-caterpillar.
    • n web Figuratively, anything carefully contrived and elaborately put together or woven; a plot; a scheme.
    • n web In anatomy, a connective or other tissue; any open structure composed of fibers and membranes running into each other irregularly as if tangled, and serving to support fat or other soft substances. See tissue and histology.
    • n web In zoology, the membrane or fold of skin which connects the digits of any animal; especially, that which connects the toes of a bird or a quadruped, making the animal palmiped, and the foot itself palmate, as occurs in nearly all aquatic birds (hence called web-footed), and in many aquatic mammals, as the beaver, the muskrat, and ornithorhynchus. Webs sometimes occur as a congenital defect of the human fingers or toes. The relatively largest webs are those of the bats' wings. In birds the extent and special character of the webs (technically called palamæ) are taken into some account in classification, and some conditions of the webs receive special names. See web-footed, and cuts under bat, duckbill, flying-frog, Œdemia, otary, palmate, semipalmate, and totipalmate.
    • n web In coal-mining, the face or wall of a long-wall stall in course of being holed and broken down for removal.
    • web To cover with or as with a web; envelop.
    • web To connect with a web, as the toes of a bird; render palmate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Unique animals. Hippopotami cannot swim (ppl have said that a hippo can swim, but i dont think its classified as swimming. I'll check), whales can't swim backwards, tarantulas can't spin webs, crocodiles can't chew and hummingbirds can't walk
    • n Web web that which is woven: anything resembling a web, as a roll of cloth, paper, &c.: a plot, scheme: in birds, the blade of a feather:
    • v.t Web to envelop, to connect with a web
    • n Web web (anat.) any connective tissue: the fine texture spun by the spider as a snare for flies: a film over the eye: the skin between the toes of water-fowls
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  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
  • Stephen King
    Stephen King
    “Only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.”
  • Joseph Chilton Pearce
    Joseph Chilton Pearce
    “We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. web, AS. webb,; akin to D. web, webbe, OHG. weppi, G. gewebe, Icel. vefr, Sw. väf, Dan. væv,. See Weave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. webb; Ice. vefr, Ger. gewebe; from root of weave.


In literature:

And eyes full of dew webs that are spun in the grass by the spirits of night.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The threads must lie so alone both ways, that the darn, when completed, replaces the original web.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
A leg lifted as a forefoot, webbed, clawed for a new hold.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Little things make up the web of our life at Home.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
But who shall pay for the broken threads in life's great web?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It had short legs, and peculiarly long feet, partially webbed, which enable it to swim so well.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
There is no delay; they both take their stand in different places, and stretch out two webs {on the loom} with a fine warp.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
His hand was damp and webbed, but felt fairly human for all that.
"Stairway to the Stars" by Larry Shaw
Then I am a web binding men and women while they sleep to unexpected things.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
The hinder ones are longest, and are half-webbed.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

A field untilled, a web unwove,
A flower withheld from sun or bee,
An alien in the Courts of Love,
And—teacher unto such as we!
"The Nursing Sister" by Rudyard Kipling
And then I prayed :—the strange web done.
To my frail fingers given,
Be Sorrow's stain the deepest one
To mar my robe in heaven.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
(Weave the crimson web of war)
Let us go, and let us fly,
Where our friends the conflict share,
Where they triumph, where they die.
"The Fatal Sisters: An Ode" by Thomas Gray
THE web flew out and floated wide.
Poor lady! I was with her then.
She gathered up her piteous pride,
But she could never weave again.
"For All Ladies Of Shalott" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Or sometimes she will seem
Heavenly, but her blush, soon wearing white,
Veils like a gorsebush in a web of blight,
With gold-buds dim.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
Or rose and lily, bud and flower,
My web is broidered. Nothing bright
Is woven here: the shadows grow
Still darker in the mirror's light!
"Before The Mirror" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

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In science:

One can see the dimension of the web space of W is one, i.e., all webs in the web space of W are multiples of ω .
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
If we decompose each ˜Di,j into a linear combination of webs which have no elliptic faces, then the union of all these webs forms a basis.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
In Section 4, we describe a method of approximating θ -coupled webs by pairs of coupled webs in which there is high frequency switching between the two regimes: one in which paths in the two copies evolve independently of each other, and the other in which they coalesce.
Dynamics for the Brownian web and the erosion flow
Preliminaries on the Brownian web We begin with a precise description of the Brownian web.
Dynamics for the Brownian web and the erosion flow
An H × H-valued random variable (cid:0)W , W ′ (cid:1) is called a coupled pair of Brownian webs if both W and W ′ are distributed according to the law of the Brownian web.
Dynamics for the Brownian web and the erosion flow