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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cobweb a dense elaborate spider web that is more efficient than the orb web
    • n cobweb filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
    • n cobweb a fabric so delicate and transparent as to resemble a web of a spider
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cobweb A snare of insidious meshes designed to catch the ignorant and unwary. "I can not but lament thy splendid wit
      Entangled in the cobwebs of the schools."
    • Cobweb That which is thin and unsubstantial, or flimsy and worthless; rubbish. "The dust and cobwebs of that uncivil age."
    • Cobweb (Zoöl) The European spotted flycatcher.
    • Cobweb The network spread by a spider to catch its prey.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cobweb The net spun by a spider to catch its prey; a spider's web.
    • n cobweb Figuratively, a network of plot or intrigue; an insidious snare; a contrivance for entangling the weak or unwary: as, the cobwebs of the law.
    • n cobweb Something flimsy and easily rent, broken through, or destroyed.
    • n cobweb plural The neglected accumulations of time; old musty rubbish.
    • cobweb Made of or resembling cobweb; hence, flimsy; slight.
    • cobweb To cover with a filmy net, as of cobweb.
    • cobweb To clear of cobwebs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cobweb kob′web the spider's web or net: any snare or device intended to entrap: anything flimsy or easily broken: anything that obscures
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.”
  • Thomas Buxton
    Thomas Buxton
    “Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do, the more he is able to accomplish.”


Blow the cobwebs away - If you blow the cobwebs away, you make sweeping changes to something to bring fresh views and ideas in.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cob, a spider + web,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. shortened from M. E. atter-cop-web—A.S. átor, poison, and coppa—W. cop, a head, tuft. See also Web.


In literature:

At last the Consul came out again, laughing and sputtering, his waistcoat covered with dust, and his hair full of cobwebs.
"Garman and Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
Poor Mollie looked at the silver-shining silk, the cobweb lace, the gleaming, milky pearls, with a very rueful face.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Her own old family carriage had been swept of its dust and cobwebs, and put into requisition on this important occasion.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
And dreaming as usual, he seemed to be hunting cobwebs with a gun made of ferns.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
He brushed his eyes, as if cobwebs of doubt had suddenly gathered there.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Truly, Cora was bound to the rack with cords of conventionality as fine as cobwebs, yet as strong as ropes.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Its dim rays fell upon dust and cobwebs, trunks and the nondescript relics of years of hoarding.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
The cobwebs were gone.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Your bones shall lie gaunt on this cobwebbed floor.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
He brushed her aside as if she had been a cobweb in his path, and with a wild cry of joy and vengeance he burst through the half-open door.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
Could they imagine that these were but subtle cobwebs, spun by a closet speculation on human affairs?
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
But a single consideration sweeps away the entire argument as though it were a cobweb.
"The Number Concept" by Levi Leonard Conant
And I had faith that you would brush away the cobwebs somehow.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The place was foul with dirt and cobwebs, full of a musty odor.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
This is to weave cobweb, and not cloth.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm like the old woman who must take her broom and sweep the cobwebs out of the sky.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
The cellar should be swept and put to rights every two weeks, cobwebs brushed down, and all corners well looked after.
"The Complete Home" by Various
Old curtains, half cobwebs, hung grimly aloof; 'T was a Spiders' Elysium from cellar to roof.
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
The last scene of summer changes now to the cobwebbed ceiling of an attorney's office.
"Dream Life" by Donald G. Mitchell
He feared a word would blow away the cobweb foundations of the narrative.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker

In poetry:

A place for idle eyes and ears,
A cobwebbed nook of dreams;
Left by the stream whose waves are years
The stranded village seems.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And there in the dusky cobwebbed garret,
Where dimly the daylight shone,
A little, doleful, hunch-backed woman
Sat spinning all alone.
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
Here ecstasy so exquisitely rests
On parti-colored cobwebs in the sun,
That love forgotten finds a soothing breast
In all the newer mystery begun.
"Essence" by Isobel Stone
My cottage roof is like a sheet of silk
Spun like a cobweb.
My apple-trees are bare as the oaks in the forest;
When the moon shines
I see no leaves.
"Night Goes Rushing" by Hilda Conkling
O treacherous scent, O thorny sight,
O tangle of world’s wrong and right,
What art thou ’gainst my armour’s gleam
But dusky cobwebs of a dream?
"Another For The Briar-Rose" by William Morris
Now on dim threads of gossamer
Stringing pale pearls of moisture; necklacing
The flow'rs; and spreading cobweb fur,
Crystaled with stardew, over everything:
"Under The Hunter’s Moon" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

So you've just got to keep on working together as a unit to get those little small cobwebs worked out.
Buried in your garage, collecting cobwebs, is your tennis racket.
LAKEVILLE — It took about a quarter for the Lady Lancers to shake off the cobwebs in their season-opener with Mishawaka Marian .
Which has been referred to so frequently as the play responsible for revolutionizing American musical theater that most folks consider it to be as musty and cobwebbed as something by Plato.
A nother running season is upon us, and people are afoot all over Durango shaking off the winter cobwebs.
You're in an enclosed space filled with cobwebs at every turn.
I usually celebrate with Jack O' Lanterns, cobwebs, costumes and candy – but NEVER Candy Corn GROSS.
Part of Dale Tiffany's Museum Collection, this richly hued design is punctuated by a Cobweb Tiffany-style shade, wheat mosaic base and Verde Green finish.
Time to brush away the cobwebs of the mind and dust off old memories.
Superchunk's first album in nine years begins with the sound of clearing cobwebs and a hazy wave of feedback.
For all its LED-emblazoned Ferris wheel and high-anxiety ride spectacle, the North Carolina State Fair is nothing if not a cobweb of nostalgia.
What if the snow blowers and snow plows all collected cobwebs.
If that spooky, hundred-year-old dusty look doesn't come naturally, fake it with hot-glue cobwebs.
If the cobwebs from Halloween are still lingering, it's too early for Christmas decorations.
If the picture you get in your head when you hear " temp " is of a really young, really old, or unskilled person who comes in to sit at the front desk when your admin is away, it's time for you to shake the cobwebs out of your mind.

In science:

The discrete m-dimensional F -box (m = n − k) with edges’ sizes designated by natural numbers’ valued sequence F where invented in as a response to the so called Kwa´sniewski cobweb tiling problem posed in and then repeated in .
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Kwa´sniewski in his papers [11,8] posed the following problem called Cobweb Tiling Problem, which was a starting point of the present author research with results being reported in the presents note.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Now we shall quote the M¨obius µ ∈ I (Π, R) formula for F -denominated cobweb posets from [3,2] to where we refer for the derivation and discussion of this formula history.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Here we quote the explicit expression of cobweb posets’ zeta matrix ζF for arbitrary natural numbers valued F sequence derived in due to more than mnemonic efficiency of the up-sidedown notation being applied.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Definition 12 (cobweb poset) Let D = (Φ, ≺ ·) be a transitive irreducible digraph.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
The poset Π(D) associated to this graded digraph D = (Φ, ≺·) is cal led a cobweb poset.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
The Principal properties of cobweb posets as being also the natural join operation product.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Lemma 1 Some Properties of Cobwebs Cobweb posets are ranked, N -free ⇐⇒ series-paral lel posets.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
From Lemma 1.1 in, namely : ”A poset which does not have a subposet isomorphic to a cycle is a D-poset.” we readily infer that cobweb posets are not D-posets i.e.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
For some open general problems see on cobweb posets digraphs’ elementary properties and questions.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Krzysztof Kwa´sniewski, On cobweb posets and their combinatorial ly admissible sequences, Adv.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Krzysztof Kwa´sniewski, Cobweb posets as noncommutative prefabs, Adv.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Dziemia´nczuk, On Cobweb posets tiling problem, Adv.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Ewa Krot-Sieniawska, On Characteristic Polynomials of the Family of Cobweb Posets, Proc.
On natural join of posets properties and first applications
Since a special A-admissible family of natural numbers’ valued sequences F, introduced by Kwa´sniewski [8, 6, 7] is taken into account, the F -nomial coefficients counts blocks of cobweb poset ’s partitions.
Generalization of Fibonomial Coefficients