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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 Weave.]

  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.

    Not web might be woven, not a shuttle thrown, or penalty of exile.

  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.''

  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.

    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. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster] Specifically:

    1. The blade of a sword. [Obs.]

      The sword, whereof the web was steel, Pommel rich stone, hilt gold.

    2. The blade of a saw.

    3. The thin, sharp part of a colter.

    4. 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:

    1. 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.

    2. A disk or solid construction serving, instead of spokes, for connecting the rim and hub, in some kinds of car wheels, sheaves, etc.

    3. The arm of a crank between the shaft and the wrist.

    4. The part of a blackmith's anvil between the face and the foot.

  8. (Med.) Pterygium; -- called also webeye.

  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.

    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.''

    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.

Usage examples of "webeye".

The window in the Hindmost’s dance was a real-time view from the webeye device in Hidden Patriarch’s fore crow’s nest.

The Hindmost whistle-chirped a few phrases: {command [] dance [] drop one level in complexity [] again [] go to webeye six Hidden Patriarch [] transmit/receive [] send visual, sound, no smell, no texture, stunner off}.

A year ago the Hindmost had had to turn down the olfactory gain in the webeye, for the stench of old blood rising from the table.

Chmeee had not slashed the webeye, but they would not speak secrets in its view.

A year past, while his motley crew was still trying to settle the matter of Teela Brown and the Ringworld’s instability, the Hindmost’s flying probe had sprayed webeyes all over Hidden Patriarch.

Once, a cry of surprise and pain, more yelling, then a solid thud as a body fell on the webeye itself.

Up to three days, if he’d tapped into the webeye camera at Weaver Town.

The dismounted webeye was in jerky motion, carried along footholds and handholds chopped in stone.

Get my suit, and a webeye sprayer, too, and my cargo disk stack, wherever Bram—Bram?

Louis could picture a webeye falling free through vacuum, spinning a little—was the probe spinning too?

The fluttering webeye was below the Ringworld floor, falling into the universe.

Louis said, “Hindmost, I want to spray a webeye through the stepping disk link.

He sprayed another webeye, then stepped back to the probe and was gone.

On the other side of the webeye window, the Reds huddled under a fur, letting the Ghouls take center stage.

A mixed bag of hominids were rolling the stolen webeye like a wheel over the worn paths of the village.