a strong, woven material of hemp, cotton, or jute, in bands of various widths, used for belts, carrying straps, harness, etc.
such woven bands nailed on furniture under springs or upholstery, for support.
Zoology. the membrane forming a web or webs.
something resembling this, as the leather thongs or piece connecting the sections for the thumb and forefinger in a baseball glove or mitt.
any material or part formed from interlaced threads, thongs, branches, etc., or having a latticelike appearance, as the face of a tennis racket.
webbings, Chiefly Eastern New England Older Use. the reins or lines for controlling a horse or team of horses.

1400–50; late Middle English; see web, -ing1

Dictionary.com Unabridged


something formed by or as if by weaving or interweaving.
a thin, silken material spun by spiders and the larvae of some insects, as the webworms and tent caterpillars; cobweb.
a woven fabric, especially a whole piece of cloth in the course of being woven or after it comes from the loom.
the flat woven strip, without pile, often found at one or both ends of an Oriental rug.
something resembling woven material, especially something having an interlaced or latticelike appearance: He looked up at the web of branches of the old tree.
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?
something that snares or entangles; a trap: innocent travelers caught in the web of international terrorism.
Zoology. a membrane that connects the digits of an animal, as the toes of aquatic birds.
the series of barbs on each side of the shaft of a feather. See illus. under feather.
the series on both sides, collectively.
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.
Machinery. an arm of a crank, usually one of a pair, holding one end of a crankpin at its outer end. See illus. under crankshaft.
Architecture. (in a vault) any surface framed by ribbing.
a large roll of paper, as for continuous feeding of a web press.
a network of interlinked stations, services, communications, etc., covering a region or country.
Informal. a network of radio or television broadcasting stations.
(usually initial capital letter) Computers. World Wide Web.
verb (used with object), webbed, webbing.
to cover with or as if with a web; envelop.
to ensnare or entrap.
verb (used without object), webbed, webbing.
to make or form a web.

before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German webbe, Old Norse vefr; akin to weave

webless, adjective
weblike, adjective

5. network, tissue, tangle, maze.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To webbing
World English Dictionary
web (wɛb)
1.  any structure, construction, fabric, etc, formed by or as if by weaving or interweavingRelated: retiary
2.  See also cobweb a mesh of fine tough scleroprotein threads built by a spider from a liquid secreted from its spinnerets and used to trap insects
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.  a.  a continuous strip of paper as formed on a paper machine or fed from a reel into some printing presses
 b.  (as modifier): web offset; a web press
13.  the woven edge, without pile, of some carpets
14.  a.  (often capital) the web short for World Wide Web
 b.  (as modifier): a web site; web pages
15.  any structure, construction, etc, that is intricately formed or complex: a web of intrigue
vb , webs, webbing, webbed
16.  (tr) to cover with or as if with a web
17.  (tr) to entangle or ensnare
18.  (intr) to construct a web
Related: retiary
[Old English webb; related to Old Saxon, Old High German webbi, Old Norse vefr]

webbing (ˈwɛbɪŋ)
1.  a strong fabric of hemp, cotton, jute, etc, woven in strips and used under springs in upholstery or for straps, etc
2.  the skin that unites the digits of a webbed foot
3.  anything that forms a web

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

web (wěb)

  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.

webbing web·bing (wěb'ĭng)
A congenital condition in which adjacent structures or parts are joined by a broad band of tissue that is not normally present to such a degree.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
web   (wěb)  Pronunciation Key 
  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.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

Web definition

See Internet.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The plant's long, strong fibres twist easily into rope, which made it useful
  for parachute webbing.
Flying frogs stretch the webbing between the toes of their enlarged feet.
It is used as the connective tissue, for many the basic webbing upon which all
  sentences are formed.
Double layer nylon material construction with heavy duty adjustable webbing.
Images for webbing
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature