Cobweb

Cob"web`

(?), n. [Cob a spider + web.] 1. The network spread by a spider to catch its prey.
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2. A snare of insidious meshes designed to catch the ignorant and unwary.
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I can not but lament thy splendid wit
Entangled in the cobwebs of the schools.
Cowper.
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3. That which is thin and unsubstantial, or flimsy and worthless; rubbish.
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The dust and cobwebs of that uncivil age.
Sir P. Sidney.
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4. (Zol.) The European spotted flycatcher.
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Cobweb lawn, a fine linen, mentioned in 1640 as being in pieces of fifteen yards. Beck. Draper's Dict.
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Such a proud piece of cobweb lawn.
Beau. & Fl.

-- Cobweb micrometer, a micrometer in which threads of cobweb are substituted for wires.
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