gossamer

Part of speech: adjective

Thin and light; flimsy.

Part of speech: noun

An exceedingly fine web of spider's silk that may float in the air.

Part of speech: noun

A fine gauze; a thin water proof outer garment.

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Usage examples "gossamer":

  1. A lover's vows are gossamer, they say; But we have registered our mutual vow For seven and sixpence, dearest. - "Mice & Other Poems", Gerald Bullett.
  2. Luigi came to, her, ruefully announcing that the volunteers had sacked the carriage behaved worse than the Austrians; and that his padrone, the signor Antonio- Pericles, was off like a gossamer. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. There were also three lengths of old lace, fine as gossamer, of matchless artistic design, in perfect condition. - "Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten", Marie Corelli.