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webbing

[web-ing] /ˈwɛb ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a strong, woven material of hemp, cotton, or jute, in bands of various widths, used for belts, carrying straps, harness, etc.
2.
such woven bands nailed on furniture under springs or upholstery, for support.
3.
Zoology. the membrane forming a web or webs.
4.
something resembling this, as the leather thongs or piece connecting the sections for the thumb and forefinger in a baseball glove or mitt.
5.
any material or part formed from interlaced threads, thongs, branches, etc., or having a latticelike appearance, as the face of a tennis racket.
6.
webbings, Chiefly Eastern New England Older Use. the reins or lines for controlling a horse or team of horses.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see web, -ing1

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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Examples for webbing
  • 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.
  • Pack your equipment and supplies into a backpack, webbing belt or your pockets.
  • The webbing straps are easily adjustable with soft rounded edges that will not pester pets.
  • Travel money storage is made to thwart theft, with metal webbing, reinforced seams and sides and chain belt attachments.
  • The other part is an adjustable webbing loop with a locking hook on the end.
  • It is fashioned from aluminum, has a padded top and attaches to a nearby trunk with a nylon webbing strap.
  • He simply cut the straps off an old messenger bag, which were made of already-recycled seatbelt webbing.
British Dictionary definitions for webbing

webbing

/ˈwɛbɪŋ/
noun
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

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
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Word Origin and History for webbing

web

n.

Old English webb "woven fabric," from Proto-Germanic *wabjam "fabric, web" (cf. Old Saxon webbi, Old Norse vefr, Dutch webbe, Old High German weppi, German gewebe "web"), from PIE *webh- "to weave" (see weave (v.)).

Meaning "spider's web" is first recorded early 13c. Applied to the membranes between the toes of ducks and other aquatic birds from 1570s. Internet sense is from 1992, shortened from World Wide Web (1990). Web browser, web page both also attested 1990.

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webbing 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.

webbing web·bing (wěb'ĭng)
n.
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.

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webbing 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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webbing in Culture

Web definition


See Internet.

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