Definition of spiderweb in English:

spiderweb

noun

  • 1A web made by a spider.

    ‘The costume was enough to send a person with arachnophobia into fits with its spiderweb and small spiders.’
    • ‘For example, he has chapters on spiderwebs, sea shells and segmentation.’
    • ‘Ancient dust and grimy spiderwebs festooned her coverall.’
    • ‘Sagging spiderwebs, laden with dew, hung from the tiny branches of the hedgerow among the northern forest, in the midst of which the men waited.’
    • ‘A haze of spiderwebs hung from the ceiling above him, and the smack of wet decay met his nose.’
    • ‘‘I hate bugs,’ the librarian moaned, backing away from a spiderweb.’
    • ‘Neither of these reasons explain why there is symmetry in a spiderweb.’
    • ‘The entire ceiling was like blackened ash, though through some miracle the spiderweb had survived.’
    • ‘There can be brambles and poison ivy, the occasional spiderweb and weather elements to consider.’
    • ‘That was worse than the main floor; more spiderwebs to sweep and more empty bird nests.’
    • ‘But the newly described fossil spiderweb dates roughly 90 million years older than the previous oldest known specimen.’
    • ‘The hedge out in front of the house is covered with enough small spiderwebs that it looks as though there's ice across the top.’
    • ‘The fossil is the oldest direct evidence of spiderwebs.’
    • ‘There was not a single corner without a spiderweb waiting to be swept away by Steph's washcloth.’
    • ‘In North America, if you see a classic spiderweb with a dense, zigzag thread through its center, the web could well have been spun by Argiope aurantia.’
    1. 1.1A thing resembling a spiderweb.
      ‘the spiderweb of overhead transmission lines’
      • ‘It formed a twisting spiderweb of lines and patterns, a swirling sprawl of lightning that stretched out into infinity.’
      • ‘Four days had passed, while the final party of determined villagers traced a course like a spiderweb all over the southern half of the district, even marching through his own clearing one rainy afternoon.’
      • ‘Aligore had become well-acquainted with that whip over the last several hours; the spiderweb of streaked gashes along his back was a testament to this fact.’
      • ‘Huge, jagged slashes intersected across the robe, forming a spiderweb of cuts.’
      • ‘The listener will be treated to un-pedaled acoustic pieces as well as backward loops and dubs as fragile as a tapestry of overlaid spiderwebs.’
      • ‘A lattice of thin white strands flashed dimly on the oak, forming a binding, blinking silvery spiderweb.’
      • ‘His face was crisscrossed with a spiderweb of white scars, but his gray-tinged eyes were thoughtful and kind.’
      • ‘The helmet crested in a spiked ridge, and beneath it lay a crisscrossing spiderweb of thin bones.’
      • ‘They had to follow their yarn through the family room, which looked like a giant spiderweb of yarn, until they located the prize tied to the other end of their spool.’
      • ‘Between Jacie, the oldest, and Kelley, the youngest, there's a huge spiderweb of strong bonds.’
      • ‘A spiderweb of long vines covered the mouth of the cave, drooping down into the water, but Jonah passed between the vines easily and darkness fell around him.’
      • ‘The 90 recruits are being tested for leadership, passing each other through a kind of rope spiderweb.’
      • ‘With 2,000 stocking locations worldwide processing 8,000 phone and network parts, Avaya's service department managed a huge logistics spiderweb.’
      • ‘I'd met him innocently on the beach and there was no spiderweb of lies or hurt around him when it came to me.’
    2. 1.2A type of turquoise crisscrossed with fine dark lines.

Pronunciation

spiderweb

/ˈspīdərweb/ /ˈspaɪdərwɛb/

transitive verbtransitive verb spiderwebs, transitive verb spiderwebbing, transitive verb spiderwebbed

[with object]
  • Cover with a pattern resembling a spiderweb.

    ‘a glass block spiderwebbed with cracks’
    • ‘The glass of the doors was spiderwebbed and ready to shatter.’
    • ‘He considered the texture of the ground at his feet, the gray asphalt of the highway, spiderwebbed with cracks, and the ragged line of white paint, frozen in a futile battle with the encroaching dust.’
    • ‘It was white plaster, flaked, peeling, spiderwebbed with cracks.’
    • ‘He worked the new norm - two weeks on, two weeks off - maintaining the more than 400 miles of gravel roads that spiderweb the North Slope.’
    • ‘Jackie looked up at him, her crystal eyes spiderwebbed with red.’

Pronunciation

spiderweb

/ˈspīdərweb/ /ˈspaɪdərwɛb/