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webbed

[webd] /wɛbd/
adjective
1.
having the fingers or toes connected by a web or membrane:
the webbed foot of a duck or beaver.
2.
connected or joined by a web, as the fingers or toes.
3.
formed like or with a web:
a webbed roof.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; web + -ed3
Related forms
unwebbed, adjective

web

[web] /wɛb/
noun
1.
something formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving.
2.
a thin, silken material spun by spiders and the larvae of some insects, as the webworms and tent caterpillars; cobweb.
3.
Textiles.
  1. a woven fabric, especially a whole piece of cloth in the course of being woven or after it comes from the loom.
  2. the flat woven strip, without pile, often found at one or both ends of an Oriental rug.
4.
something resembling woven material, especially something having an interlaced or latticelike appearance:
He looked up at the web of branches of the old tree.
5.
an intricate set or pattern of circumstances, facts, etc.:
The thief was convicted by a web of evidence. Who can understand the web of life?
6.
something that snares or entangles; a trap:
innocent travelers caught in the web of international terrorism.
7.
8.
Zoology. a membrane that connects the digits of an animal, as the toes of aquatic birds.
9.
Ornithology.
  1. the series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a feather.
  2. the series on both sides, collectively.
10.
an integral or separate part of a beam, rail, truss, or the like, that forms a continuous, flat, narrow, rigid connection between two stronger, broader parallel parts, as the flanges of a structural shape, the head and foot of a rail, or the upper and lower chords of a truss.
11.
Machinery. an arm of a crank, usually one of a pair, holding one end of a crankpin at its outer end.
12.
Architecture. (in a vault) any surface framed by ribbing.
13.
a large roll of paper, as for continuous feeding of a web press.
14.
a network of interlinked stations, services, communications, etc., covering a region or country.
15.
Informal. a network of radio or television broadcasting stations.
16.
(usually initial capital letter) Computers. World Wide Web.
verb (used with object), webbed, webbing.
17.
to cover with or as if with a web; envelop.
18.
to ensnare or entrap.
verb (used without object), webbed, webbing.
19.
to make or form a web.
Origin
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German webbe, Old Norse vefr; akin to weave
Related forms
webless, adjective
weblike, adjective
Synonyms
5. network, tissue, tangle, maze.
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British Dictionary definitions for web-bed

web

/wɛb/
noun
1.
any structure, construction, fabric, etc, formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving related adjective retiary
2.
a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insects See also cobweb (sense 1)
3.
a similar network of threads spun by certain insect larvae, such as the silkworm
4.
a fabric, esp one in the process of being woven
5.
a membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds or the digits of such aquatic mammals as the otter
6.
the vane of a bird's feather
7.
(architect) the surface of a ribbed vault that lies between the ribs
8.
the central section of an I-beam or H-beam that joins the two flanges of the beam
9.
any web-shaped part of a casting used for reinforcement
10.
the radial portion of a crank that connects the crankpin to the crankshaft
11.
a thin piece of superfluous material left attached to a forging; fin
12.
  1. a continuous strip of paper as formed on a paper machine or fed from a reel into some printing presses
  2. (as modifier) web offset, a web press
13.
the woven edge, without pile, of some carpets
14.
  1. (often capital) the web, short for World Wide Web
  2. (as modifier) a web site, web pages
15.
any structure, construction, etc, that is intricately formed or complex a web of intrigue
verb webs, webbing, webbed
16.
(transitive) to cover with or as if with a web
17.
(transitive) to entangle or ensnare
18.
(intransitive) to construct a web
Derived Forms
webless, adjective
weblike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English webb; related to Old Saxon, Old High German webbi, Old Norse vefr

webbed

/wɛbd/
adjective
1.
(of the feet of certain animals) having the digits connected by a thin fold of skin; palmate
2.
having, consisting of, or resembling a web
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Word Origin and History for web-bed
web
O.E. webb "woven fabric," from P.Gmc. *wabjan (cf. O.S. webbi, O.N. vefr, Du. webbe, O.H.G. weppi, Ger. gewebe "web"), from PIE *webh- (related to O.E. wefan; see weave). Meaning "spider's web" is first recorded c.1220. Applied to the membranes between the toes of ducks and other aquatic birds from 1576. Internet sense is from 1992, shortened from World Wide Web (1990); website is from 1994; webmaster is attested from 1993.
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web-bed in Medicine

web (wěb)
n.

  1. A membrane or fold of skin connecting the toes, as of certain mammals.

  2. A structure of delicate, threadlike filaments characteristically spun by spiders.

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web-bed in Science
web
  (wěb)   
  1. A structure of fine, elastic, threadlike filaments characteristically spun by spiders to catch insect prey. The larvae of certain insects also weave webs that serve as protective shelters for feeding and may include leaves or other plant parts.

  2. A membrane or fold of skin connecting the toes in certain animals, especially ones that swim, such as water birds and otters. The web improves the ability of the foot to push against water.

  3. also Web The World Wide Web.


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web-bed in Culture

Web definition


See Internet.

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