a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
"this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"
diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby(adj)
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"
A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
A soft, sheer fabric.
Anything delicate, light and flimsy.
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!" uE000146893uE001 Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)
Origin: From gossomer, from gos + somer.
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
any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff
an outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer
Origin: [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. Mdchensommer, Altweibersommer, fliegender Sommer, all meaning, gossamer.]
Gossamer is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The character is a hairy, red monster. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his heart-shaped face is composed of only two oval eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers. The monster's main trait, however, is bright uncombed red hair. In fact, a gag in the 1980 short Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century lampoons this by revealing that Gossamer is, in fact, composed entirely of hair. He was originally voiced by Mel Blanc and has been voiced by Joe Alaskey, Jim Cummings, and Dee Bradley Baker. The word "gossamer" means any sort of thin, fragile, transparent material — in particular, it can refer to a kind of delicate, sheer gauze or a light cobweb. The name is meant to be ironic, since the character is large, menacing, and destructive.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
gos′a-mėr, n. very fine spider-threads which float in the air or form webs on bushes in fine weather: any thin material.—adj. light, flimsy.—adj. Goss′amery, like gossamer: flimsy. [M. E. gossomer; Prof Skeat thinks it is a corr. of 'goose-summer' or 'summer-goose,' from the downy appearance of the film. Ger. sommer-fäden, summer-threads, also mädchen-sommer, maiden-summer.]
The numerical value of gossamer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of gossamer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities-- potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry-- that was a sublime experience. The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.
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- babí létoCzech
- harsomainen, harso, seitti, seitinohutFinnish
- fil de la viergeFrench
- téada an phúcaIrish
- fátyolszövet, ökörnyálHungarian
- delicato, sottileItalian
- ragfijn weefsel, delikaatDutch
- babie latoPolish
- газ, паути́на, тонкий, паути́нка, тканьRussian
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