Web \web\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. webbed; p. pr. & vb. n webbing.]

  1. To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to envelop; to entangle
  2. Construct or form a web, as if by weaving [syn: net]

Web \web\, n. [OE. web, AS. webb; akin to D. web, webbe, OHG weppi, G. gewebe, Icel. vefr, Sw. väf, Dan. væv. See weave.]

  1. An intricate network suggesting something that was formed by weaving or interweaving; "the trees cast a delicate web of shadows over the lawn"
  2. An intricate trap that entangles or ensnares its victim [syn: entanglement]
  3. The flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft [syn: vane]
  4. An intricately connected system of things or people; "a network of spies" or "a web of intrigue" [syn: network]
  5. A collection of Internet sites that offer text and graphics and sound and animation resources through the hypertext transfer protocol [syn: world wide web, WWW]
  6. A fabric (especially a fabric in the process of being woven)
  7. That which is woven; a texture; textile fabric; esp., 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
  8. A whole piece of linen cloth as woven
  9. The texture of very fine thread spun by a spider for catching insects at its prey; a cobweb.
    The smallest spider's web. --Shak
  10. Tissue; texture; complicated fabrication
    The somber spirit of our forefathers, who wove their web of life with hardly a . . . thread of rose-color 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
  11. (Carriages) A band of webbing used to regulate the extension of the hood
  12. A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead
    And Christians slain roll up in webs of lead --Fairfax
    Specifically: (a) The blade of a sword. [Obs.]
    The sword, whereof the web was steel, Pommel rich stone, hilt gold. --Fairfax
    (b) The blade of a saw (c) The thin, sharp part of a colter (d) The bit of a key
  13. (Mach. & Engin.) A plate or thin portion, continuous or perforated, connecting stiffening ribs or flanges, or other parts of an object. Specifically: (a) The thin vertical plate or portion connecting the upper and lower flanges of an lower flanges of an iron girder, rolled beam, or railroad rail (b) A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc (c) The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist (d) The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot
  14. (Med.) Pterygium; -- called also webeye. --Shak
  15. (Anat.) The membrane which unites the fingers or toes, either at their bases, as in man, or for a greater part of their length, as in many water birds and amphibians
  16. (Zoöl.) 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

Web \web\, n. [OE. webbe, AS. webba. See weave.]

A weaver. [Obs.] --Chaucer