n 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 interconnected system of things or people; "he owned a
          network of shops"; "retirement meant dropping out of a
          whole network of people who had been part of my life";
          "tangled in a web of cloth" [syn: network]
       5: computer network consisting of 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: membrane connecting the toes of some aquatic birds and
       v : construct or form a web, as if by weaving [syn: net]
       [also: webbing, webbed]
          <language> Donald Knuth's self-documenting literate
          programming, with algorithms and documentation intermixed
          in one file.  They can be separated using Weave and
          Tangle.  Versions exist for Pascal and {C}.  Spiderweb
          can be used to create versions for other languages.
          FunnelWeb is a production-quality literate-programming tool.
          {(ftp://princeton.edu/)}, {(ftp://labrea.stanford.edu/)}.
          ["Literate Programming", D.E. Knuth, Computer J 27(2):97-111,
          May 1984].
          <World-Wide Web> "The Web" is the World-Wide Web.  "A web"
          is part of it on some specific web site.
  Web \Web\, n. [OE. webbe, AS. webba. See Weave.]
     A weaver. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  Web \Web\, n. [OE. web, AS. webb; akin to D. web, webbe, OHG.
     weppi, G. gewebe, Icel. vefr, Sw. v["a]f, Dan. v[ae]v. See
     1. 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.
     2. A whole piece of linen cloth as woven.
     3. The texture of very fine thread spun by a spider for
        catching insects at its prey; a cobweb. ``The smallest
        spider's web.'' --Shak.
     4. Fig.: 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.
     5. (Carriages) A band of webbing used to regulate the
        extension of the hood.
     6. A thin metal sheet, plate, or strip, as of lead.
              And Christians slain roll up in webs of lead.
        (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.
     7. (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.
     8. (Med.) Pterygium; -- called also webeye. --Shak.
     9. (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.
     10. (Zo["o]l.) 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\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Webbed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To unite or surround with a web, or as if with a web; to
     envelop; to entangle.
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