cobweb


cobweb
/kob"web'/, n., v., cobwebbed, cobwebbing.
n.
1. a web spun by a spider to entrap its prey.
2. a single thread spun by a spider.
3. something resembling a cobweb; anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.
4. a network of plot or intrigue; an insidious snare.
5. cobwebs, confusion, indistinctness, or lack of order: I'm so tired my head is full of cobwebs.
v.t.
6. to cover with or as with cobwebs: Spiders cobwebbed the cellar.
7. to confuse or muddle: Drunkenness cobwebbed his mind.
[1275-1325; ME coppeweb, deriv. of OE -coppe spider (in atorcoppe poison spider); c. MD koppe; see WEB]

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