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 Zool., any small or young spider which spins webs by which to sail in the air. See Ballooning spider.
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,
n 1: a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
2: filaments from a cobweb [syn: cobweb]