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  • n. Alternative spelling of spiderweb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The silken web which is formed by most kinds of spiders, particularly the web spun to entrap their prey; -- also called cobweb. See Geometric spider, Triangle spider, under geometric, and triangle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a web spun by spiders to trap insect prey
  • n. a web resembling the webs spun by spiders


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  • My hand was gripping the top rail far more tightly than necessary, but I couldn't relax it and I didn't feel like walking on, because the catwalk under our feet was part of a vast spider web of metal-grill walks hanging in the air over an enormous block-square, five-story-deep well of space, the walks connecting and interconnecting, converging and angling off into the distance.

    Time and Again

  • “Check,” Andy said, and a few miles later made the turn, and all the subsequent turns Wally told him about, as they maneuvered their way through the spider web of back roads; these roads, already a planless catch-as-catch-can hodge-podge by the middle of the twentieth century, had only been made more complicated when the reservoir was dumped in their midst.

    Drowned Hopes

  • By the time he remembered his manners and began asking her about herself, she had everything she needed to puff him a convincing spider web of lies, right down to a convoluted story about how her parents 'manufacturing firm on Uhuru had made enough the past year on superconductor contracts to send her to college on Seraph.



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