AskDefine | Define gossamer

Dictionary Definition

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]

Noun

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

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English

Etymology

goose + summer

Noun

  1. A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
  2. A soft, sheer fabric.
  3. Anything delicate, light and flimsy.

Translations

cobwebs floating in the air
  • Hungarian: ökörnyál
  • Finnish: hämähäkinseitti
a soft, sheer fabric
  • Hungarian: fátyolszövet
anything delicate, light, flimsy

Adjective

  1. Tenuous, light, filmy or delicate.
    "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)

Translations

tenuous, light, filmy or delicate

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