Gossamer

[ɡ_ˈɒ_s_ə_m_ə], [ɡˈɒsəmə], [ɡˈɒsəmə]

Definitions of gossamer:

  1.   characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; " this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; " gossamer shading through his playing"
  2.   A tine, filmy substance, like cobweb, floating in the air or on bushes in calm weather.
  3.   An outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer.
  4.   Thin and light; flimsy.
  5.   Very thin; filmsy; gauzy.
  6.   The fine long filaments formed by a small spider, found floating in the air in calm clear weather in autumn; anything unsubstantial or flimsy.
  7.   Fine spiderwebs which float in the air.
  8.   A very fine spider's web which floats in the air; a very thin, soft, filmy, strong gauze; an outer garment made of waterproof material.
  9.   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.
  10.   Very fine spider- threads which float in the air or form webs on bushes in fine weather.
  11.   A fine gauze; a thin water proof outer garment.
  12.   filaments from a cobweb
  13.   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"
  14.   Any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff.
  15.   a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
  16.   An exceedingly fine web of spider's silk that may float in the air.

Antonyms for gossamer:

dull, murky, heavy, lumpish, hefty, rough, misty, durable, rugged, cloudy, smoky, burdensome, lackluster, bulky, nebulous, lasting, sturdy, ponderous, cumbersome, solid, hazy, rude, thick, coarse, substantial, drab, weighty, leaden, opaque, unwieldy, foggy, knockabout, firm, lusterless, hulking, tough, massive.


Quotes for gossamer:

  1. A wisp of gossamer about the size and substance of a spider's web. – Monica Baldwin
  2. There is something in the unselfish and self -sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man. – Edgar Allan Poe

Usage examples for gossamer:

  1. The aeroplane dashed forward over the smooth turf and then seemed to take the air as lightly and easily as a bit of gossamer – The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship by Margaret Burnham
  2. She wore always what seemed to be gossamer rose- color in one light, sky- color in another; a flexible film that one moment defined the long slim lines of her body and the next concealed them completely. ” – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  3. “ A lover's vows are gossamer they say; But we have registered our mutual vow For seven and sixpence, dearest. ” – Mice & Other Poems by Gerald Bullett
  4. If you will examine the neck of the lady's gossamer you can soon tell, sir. ” – That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
  5. Under its light a gossamer mist robed the landscape in a shimmering opalescence, in which tree and shrub altered their values and became transmuted to silver sentinels, watching over a demesne of violet- velvet shadows filled with sleepy twitterings and stealthy rustlings and the odor of wild honeysuckle. ” – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  6. But when the Princess saw the dress, she was so beside herself with pride and pleasure that she must have also a dress made of pearl, light as gossamer thin as bee's- wing, soft as swan's- down. ” – Moonshine & Clover by Laurence Housman
  7. All at once she spread out her wings, with a sound like a whirlwind, and flew off to bathe in the sea; and then the spiders began to drop from her in all directions on their gossamer wings. ” – The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories by George MacDonald
  8. “ Musings Be calmer, O my Grief, be quieter: The dusk you craved enfolds us; everywhere The twilight veil of blue- grey gossamer Falls, bringing peace to some, to others care. ” – Mice & Other Poems by Gerald Bullett
  9. “ I have asked the fleeting moment to tarry, and it laughed, and shook its gossamer wings at me, and flew by on its mad race into eternity. ” – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  10. The peeping stars remained, or only lost their radiance in the gossamer lightness of passing mist. ” – The Heart of Unaga by Ridgwell Cullum
  11. In an instant the glittering gossamer of thought was swept aside, and the young fellow was all ear and eye. ” – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  12. Externally the whole surface is entirely covered by small scales of lichen, firmly bound into their respective places by gossamer threads; internally the nest is a very loosely put together basket- work of excessively fine twigs and grass- stems not thicker than common needles. ” – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  13. And for a long hour I sat thus raging at myself and questioning hopelessly, while the young moon rose higher and higher over the tops of the silvery poplars and young spring slipped about in the lights and shadows, invisible except for perfumed wreathings of gossamer mist. ” – The Heart's Kingdom by Maria Thompson Daviess
  14. “ " Heaven help us otherwise," said he, " for I've but one tale left in my quiver, and if it does not make an end of the job, here we must stay for the rest of our lives, puffing time away in gossamer – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  15. As he fastened the curtains of the cap under her chin, he received a flashing answer from the eyes that would have warmed him had he been clothed in gossamer and the mercury freezing in the bulb. ” – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  16. There were no real cobwebs, of course; and yet he again felt as if they floated from the gypsy woman to him, like gossamer threads, and attracted him towards her. ” – Mopsa the Fairy by Jean Ingelow
  17. Could one cage such a gossamer thing? ” – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  18. What heart is worth the longing for, the winning, That is not moved by currents of surprise; Who never breaks the silken thread in spinning, Shows a bare spindle when the daylight dies; The constant blood will yet flow full and tender; The thread will mended be though gossamer slender; O turn once more. ” – Lundy's Lane and Other Poems by Duncan Campbell Scott
  19. Then it was happiness itself to be with Adrienne, and when I felt the dear girl pressing me to her heart, by an act of volition of which pocket- handkerchiefs are little suspected, I threw up a fold of my gossamer like texture, as if the air wafted me, and brushed the first tear of happiness from her eye that she had shed in months. ” – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  20. “ I remember"- Agostino peered upward through his eyelashes in a way that he had-" I remember seeing in a meadow a gossamer running away with a spider- thread. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith

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