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spider web

or spider's web

the web that is spun by a spider, made of interlaced threads of viscous fluid that harden on exposure to air.
Origin of spider web
1525-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • While they were hunting, he was walking rapidly through the cross-paths of the spider-web.

    The Red Mustang William O. Stoddard
  • But what beats me is this: why did the fly walk into the spider-web?

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • Its network is either like that of the inner, or it is very delicate and irregular, spider-web like.

  • It takes pretty sharp eyes to make out a single strand of a spider-web, even a very little way off.

    Neighbors Jacob A. Riis
  • Put on several layers, each almost as thin as a spider-web, extending it out widely and smoothly each time.

  • He descended from the sky on a rope of spider-web and commenced to work for his object with the aid of magic arts.

  • She knew every mousehole in the cellar, every spider-web and cracked window-pane in the fascinating attic.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • Her voice vibrated and shuddered at her white lips as a caught moth vibrates and shudders in a spider-web.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • The most curious effect is given by these blue and brown nets swinging masthead high, as if they were spider-web sails.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • Their way led out on one of the spider-web bridges which tied building and tower into the complicated web which was the city.

    Star Born Andre Norton

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