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gossamer


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gossamer  \Gos"sa*mer\,  n.  [OE.  gossomer,  gossummer  gosesomer 
  perh.  for  goose  summer,  from  its  downy  appearance,  or  perh. 
  for  God's  summer,  cf  G.  mariengarr  gossamer,  properly  Mary's 
  yarn,  in  allusion  to  the  Virgin  Mary.  Perhaps  the  E.  word 
  alluded  to  a  legend  that  the  gossamer  was  the  remnant  of  the 
  Virgin  Mary's  winding  sheet,  which  dropped  from  her  when  she 
  was  taken  up  to  heaven.  For  the  use  of  summer  in  the  sense  of 
  film  or  threads,  cf  G.  M["a]dchensommer,  Altweibersommer 
  fliegender  Sommer,  all  meaning,  gossamer.] 
  1.  A  fine,  filmy  substance,  like  cobwebs,  floating  in  the 
  air,  in  calm,  clear  weather,  especially  in  autumn.  It  is 
  seen  in  stubble  fields  and  on  furze  or  low  bushes,  and  is 
  formed  by  small  spiders. 
 
  2.  Any  very  thin  gauzelike  fabric;  also  a  thin  waterproof 
  stuff. 
 
  3.  An  outer  garment,  made  of  waterproof  gossamer. 
 
  {Gossamer  spider}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  small  or  young  spider  which 
  spins  webs  by  which  to  sail  in  the  air.  See  {Ballooning 
  spider}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gossamer 
  adj  1:  characterized  by  unusual  lightness  and  delicacy;  "this 
  smallest  and  most  ethereal  of  birds";  "gossamer 
  shading  through  his  playing"  [syn:  {ethereal}] 
  2:  so  thin  as  to  transmit  light;  "a  hat  with  a  diaphanous 
  veil";  "filmy  wings  of  a  moth";  "gauzy  clouds  of  dandelion 
  down";  "gossamer  cobwebs";  "sheer  silk  stockings"; 
  "transparent  chiffon";  "vaporous  silks"  [syn:  {diaphanous}, 
  {filmy},  {gauzy},  {see-through},  {sheer},  {transparent}, 
  {vaporous},  {cobwebby}] 
  n  1:  an  extremely  fine-textured  silky  fabric 
  2:  filaments  from  a  cobweb  [syn:  {cobweb}] 




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