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gossamer Explained

gossamer at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gossamer at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1325, "spider threads spun in fields of stubble in late fall," apparently from gos "goose" + sumer "summer" (cf. Swed. sommertrad "summer thread"). The reference might be to a fancied resemblance of the silk to goose down, or because geese are in season then. The Ger. equivalent m?dchensommer (lit. "girls' summer") also has a sense of "Indian summer," and the Eng. word may originally have referred to a warm spell in autumn before being transferred to a phenomenon especially noticable then. Meaning "anything light or flimsy" is from c.1400. The adj. sense "filmy" is attested from 1802. ///

gossamer at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Date: 1300-1400; Origin: goose + summer; probably because gossamer appears at a time of year when geese are ready for eating]//
1 literary a very light thin material:
2 the light silky thread which spiders leave on grass and bushes:

gossamer at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

134 Moby Thesaurus words for "gossamer":
air, airy, animal fiber, artificial fiber, attenuate, attenuated,
boyish, bubble, cambric tea, capillament, chaff, chip, cilium,
cirrus, clear, clear as crystal, cobweb, cork, crystal,
crystal-clear, crystalline, dainty, delicate, denier, diaphane,
diaphanous, diluted, dishwater, down, downy, dust, ether, ethereal,
fairy, feather, fiber, fibrilla, filament, filamentule, filmy,
fine, fine-drawn, fine-grained, finespun, flagellum, flimsy, flue,
fluff, fluffy, foam, frail, froth, fuzz, fuzzy, gauzy, girlish,
gossamery, gracile, gruel, hair, hank, house of cards,
insubstantial, lacy, light, light-pervious, limpid, lucid,
matchwood, milk and water, misty, mote, nonopaque, papery,
peekaboo, pellucid, pubescent, rare, rarefied, reed, refined,
revealing, rope of sand, sand castle, satin, satiny, see-through,
sheer, silky, skein, slender, slenderish, slight, slight-made,
slim, slimmish, slinky, small, smooth, sponge, spume, strand,
straw, subtle, suture, svelte, sylphlike, tendril, tenuous, thin,
thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-spun, thinnish, thistledown, thread,
threadlet, threadlike, transparent, transpicuous, unclouded, vague,
velutinous, velvety, wasp-waisted, water, watered, watered-down,
watery, weak, web, willowy, wiredrawn, wispy

gossamer at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Filament): filament, line, fiber, fibril, vein, hair, cilium, tendril, gossamer, hair stroke, wire, string, thread, cotton, twine, twist, whipcord, tape, ribbon, cord, rope, yarn, hemp, jute.

gossamer at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [U]
1 the very fine thread made by spiders
2 (literary) any very light delicate material:
a gown of gossamer silk * the gossamer wings of a dragonfly

Gossamer at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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

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

gossamer at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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: a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
2: filaments from a cobweb [syn: {cobweb}]

gossamer at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2006|January|19



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » gossomer|lang=enm, from Inter: term » gos||goose|lang=enm + Inter: term » somer||summer|lang=enm.


Inter: en-noun » -
  • A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
    1. A soft, sheer fabric.
    2. Anything delicate, light and flimsy.

      Derived terms

      * gossamery (adjective)


      Inter: trans-top » cobwebs floating in the air

  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|babí léto|n
  • Dutch: herfstdraad {{m}} (usually in the plural: herfstdraden)
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|harso, Inter: t+ » fi|seitti
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|fil de la Vierge|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|ökörnyál

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|téada an phúca|f|p
    • Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|蛛絲|tr=zhusi|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|游絲|sc=Hani
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|funigel
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|spindelväv|n

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » a soft, sheer fabric
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|ragfijn weefsel
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|harso, Inter: t+ » fi|seitti

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|fátyolszövet
  • Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|薄紗|sc=Hani

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » anything delicate, light, flimsy
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|delikaat

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Dutch: flodder(tje)

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ad » j
  • Tenuous, light, filmy or delicate.
    1. : "The heaven was spangled with tremulous stars, and at the horizon the clouds hung down in gossamer folds---God's robe trailing in the sea!" — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)


      * gossamery


      Inter: trans-top » tenuous, light, filmy or delicate

  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|seitinohut, Inter: t- » fi|harsomainen

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|тонкий

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: fa » gossamer
    Translation: ko » gossamer
    Translation: io » gossamer
    Translation: kn » gossamer
    Translation: mg » gossamer
    Translation: ml » gossamer
    Translation: my » gossamer
    Translation: pl » gossamer
    Translation: ta » gossamer
    Translation: te » gossamer
    Translation: vi » gossamer
    Translation: zh » gossamer