1. That which is woven; a texture; textile fabric; especially, something woven in a loom. Penelope, for her Ulysses' sake, Devised a web her wooers to deceive. (Spenser) Not web might be woven, not a shuttle thrown, or penalty of exile. (Bancroft)
2. A whole piece of linen cloth as woven.
4. Tissue; texture; complicated fabrication. The somber spirit of our forefathers, who wove their web of life with hardly a . . . Thread of rose-colour or gold. (Hawthorne) Such has been the perplexing ingenuity of commentators that it is difficult to extricate the truth from the web of conjectures. (W. Irving)
6. A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead. And Christians slain roll up in webs of lead. (Fairfax) Specifically: The blade of a sword. The sword, whereof the web was steel, pommel rich stone, hilt gold. (Fairfax)
A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc. The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist. The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.
10. (Science: zoology) The series of barbs implanted on each side of the shaft of a feather, whether stiff and united together by barbules, as in ordinary feathers, or soft and separate, as in downy feathers. See Feather.
Origin: OE. Web, AS. Webb; akin to D. Web, webbe, OHG. Weppi, G. Gewebe, Icel. Vefr, Sw. Vaf, Dan. Vaev. See Weave.