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Definition characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy


so thin as to transmit light
  • a fairy with gossamer wings
gossamer = characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy


so thin as to transmit light
  • ...a parachute — a few gossamer yards grasping onto air and suspending below them, with invisible threads, a human life,
    Charles A. Lindbergh
  • pretty speeches full of gossamer rhetoric
  • Arousing from the most profound of slumbers, we break the gossamer web of some dream.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • gossamer = insubstantial (thin) and delicate
  • I sat up, and a gossamer sheet floated away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • gossamer = characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
  • 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  --  The Black Cat
  • gossamer = characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
  • There was a light gossamer touch on my face.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The transparent underskin tore like gossamer under his fingers.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Not even Melanie's influence could repair the break of that gossamer thread.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • THEY MAY look a little like angels with their gossamer dragonfly wings folded along the contours of their backs, but they are not.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The shimmering forms of dryads emerged from their trees—a legion of Daphnes in green gossamer dresses.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • Looking at it from the roof of her house, she had thought that crossing it would make her feel like a gossamer-winged fairy flying through the air.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The cord is so gossamer that it breaks every day, but the marks get there finally, and finally one day the gossamer cord doesn't break and is enough.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Such an unworldly, uncalculating, gossamer creature is a relief to him and an amusement.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • With Ferdinand Barnacle he was gossamer.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Wraithlike flames, blue and gossamer, flickered across the surface of the oil and then vanished with small shrieks of fury.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Slanting through the thin silver mist; the dew upon the yellow leaves was glimmering, and the woven nets of gossamer twinkled on every bush.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It was a little thing with a veil of gossamer on its head.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The presence of night was beside them-a beast in gossamer, with no shine of outline, only of ornament-rings, earrings... .
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • She swung her own legs over the edge of the bed and slid into gossamer panties.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie

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