The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Web \Web\, n. [OE. web, AS. webb; akin to D. web, webbe, OHG.
weppi, G. gewebe, Icel. vefr, Sw. v[aum]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.
[1913 Webster] 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.
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
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. (Zool.) 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.
Pin and web (Med.), two diseases of the eye, caligo and
pterygium; -- sometimes wrongly explained as one disease.
See Pin, n., 8, and Web, n., 8. "He never yet had
pinne or webbe, his sight for to decay." --Gascoigne.
Web member (Engin.), one of the braces in a web system.
Web press, a printing press which takes paper from a roll
instead of being fed with sheets.
Web system (Engin.), the system of braces connecting the
flanges of a lattice girder, post, or the like.