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spiderweb

[spahy-der-web] /ˈspaɪ dərˌwɛb/
verb (used with object), spiderwebbed, spiderwebbing.
1.
to cover with a spider web or fine lines resembling a spider web.
Origin of spiderweb
1890-1895
1890-95; v. use of spider web
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  • It was like looking at a spiderweb through a sheet of frosted glass.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Most of the clothes had rotted away; and when you took hold of a rag, it tore with a touch, like spiderweb.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The spiderweb of roads had faded from the plain, and the landing field was smooth and unmarked.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
  • They were seated on brilliant butterflies which were harnessed to a spiderweb net.

    Bobbie Bubbles E. Hugh Sherwood and Maud Gridley Budlong
  • Then the Rainbow Fairies slipped down from the butterflies and threw the silken strands of the spiderweb net over the bubble.

    Bobbie Bubbles E. Hugh Sherwood and Maud Gridley Budlong
  • These pictures are shown on so large a scale that the spiderweb fills the end of the theatre.

  • Like a thunderbolt it struck among those slender bridges, the spiderweb of icy strands that spanned the shaft.

    Black Amazon of Mars Leigh Brackett
Word Origin and History for spiderweb
n.

1530s, from spider + web (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spiderweb in Technology
tool
A program for creating versions of Knuth's WEB self-documenting programs ("literate programming").
(ftp://princeton.edu/).
(1999-08-26)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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