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spi·der

 (spī′dər)
n.
1. Any of numerous arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into a cephalothorax and an abdomen, eight legs, two chelicerae that bear venom glands, and two or more spinnerets that produce the silk used to make nests, cocoons, or webs for trapping insects.
2. One that resembles a spider, as in appearance, character, or movement.
3. A program that automatically retrieves webpages and follows the links on them to retrieve more webpages. Spiders are used by search engines to retrieve publicly accessible webpages for indexing, and they can also be used to check for links to webpages that no longer exist. Also called crawler, search bot.
4. New England, Upper Northern, & South Atlantic US See frying pan.
5. A trivet.

[Middle English spither, from Old English spīthra; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

spider

(ˈspaɪdə)
n
1. (Animals) any predatory silk-producing arachnid of the order Araneae, having four pairs of legs and a rounded unsegmented body consisting of abdomen and cephalothorax. See also wolf spider, trap-door spider, tarantula, black widow
2. (Animals) any of various similar or related arachnids
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a hub fitted with radiating spokes or arms that serve to transmit power or support a load
4. (Agriculture) agriculture an instrument used with a cultivator to pulverize soil
5. (Tools) any implement or tool having the shape of a spider
6. (Nautical Terms) nautical a metal frame fitted at the base of a mast to which halyards are tied when not in use
7. (Agriculture) any part of a machine having a number of radiating spokes, tines, or arms
8. (Automotive Engineering) Also called: octopus Brit a cluster of elastic straps fastened at a central point and used to hold a load on a car rack, motorcycle, etc
9. (Billiards & Snooker) billiards snooker a rest having long legs, used to raise the cue above the level of the height of the ball
10. (Angling) angling an artificial fly tied with a hackle and no wings, perhaps originally thought to imitate a spider
11. (Telecommunications) computing a computer program that is capable of performing sophisticated recursive searches on the internet
12. (Automotive Engineering) short for spider phaeton
[Old English spīthra; related to Danish spinder, German Spinne; see spin]

spi•der

(ˈspaɪ dər)

n.
1. any of numerous predatory arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into two parts, a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, and an abdomen with silk-secreting spinnerets: their webs serve as nests and as traps for prey.
2. (loosely) any of various other arachnids resembling these.
3. any of various devices with leglike extensions suggestive of a spider, as a tripod or trivet.
4. a frying pan, orig. one with legs for cooking on a hearth.
5. a machine part having a number of radiating spokes or arms.
6. a computer program that automatically retrieves Web pages for use by search engines.
[before 1150; Middle English spithre, Old English spīthra, akin to spinnan to spin; compare Dan spinder]

spider

  • cobweb - A single thread spun by a spider.
  • arain - Another word for spider.
  • lobster - Comes from Old English loppestre, "spider," because there is some resemblance.
  • insect, spider, crustacean - One major difference between insects, spiders, and crustaceans is the antennae; most insects have one pair, spiders have none, and crustaceans have two pairs.

spider

A program that searches the Internet for previously unknown web pages or other publicly accessible documents so that they can be included in the databases of Internet search engines. Also known as a crawler or webcrawler.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spider - predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the bodyspider - predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey
arachnid, arachnoid - air-breathing arthropods characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs
orb-weaving spider - a spider that spins a circular (or near circular) web
Argiope aurantia, black and gold garden spider - a widely distributed North American garden spider
Araneus cavaticus, barn spider - an orange and tan spider with darkly banded legs that spins an orb web daily; "the barn spider was made famous in E. B. White's book `Charlotte's Web'"
Aranea diademata, garden spider - a spider common in European gardens
comb-footed spider, theridiid - spider having a comb-like row of bristles on each hind foot
black widow, Latrodectus mactans - venomous New World spider; the female is black with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of the abdomen
tarantula - large hairy tropical spider with fangs that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites
hunting spider, wolf spider - ground spider that hunts its prey instead of using a web
trap-door spider - American spider that constructs a silk-lined nest with a hinged lid
2.spider - a computer program that prowls the internet looking for publicly accessible resources that can be added to a database; the database can then be searched with a search engine
computer program, computer programme, programme, program - (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute; "the program required several hundred lines of code"
3.spider - a skillet made of cast iron
frying pan, frypan, skillet - a pan used for frying foods

spider

noun
Related words
adjective arachnoid
fear arachnophobia

Spiders and other arachnids

bird spider, black widow, book scorpion, cardinal spider, cheese mite, chigger, chigoe, or (U.S. & Canad.) redbug, chigoe, chigger, jigger, or sand flea, false scorpion, funnel-web, harvestman or (U.S. & Canad.) daddy-longlegs, house spider, itch mite, jumping spider, katipo, mite, money spider, redback spider, spider, spider mite, tarantula, tick, trap-door spider, vinegarroon, water spider, whip scorpion, wolf spider or hunting spider
Translations
عَنْكَبوتعَنْكَبُوت
паяк
pavouk
edderkop
SpinneWebspinne
ämblik
hämähäkki
pauk
pók
labah
kóngulókönguló
クモ
거미
aranea
voras
zirneklis
păianjen
pavúk
pajek
паук
spindel
buibui
แมงมุม
павук
con nhện

spider

[ˈspaɪdəʳ]
A. Naraña f
spider's webtelaraña f
B. CPD spider crab Ncentollo m, centolla f
spider plant Ncinta f

spider

[ˈspaɪdər] n (= arachnid) → araignée fspider monkey nsinge m araignéespider plant nchlorophytum mspider's web ntoile f d'araignée

spider

n
Spinne f; spider’s webSpinnwebe f, → Spinnengewebe nt, → Spinnennetz nt
(inf, = wheelbrace) → Kreuzschlüssel m
(for roofrack) → elastisches Befestigungsband

spider

:
spider crab
nSpinnenkrabbe for -krebs m
spiderman
n (inf)
(= building worker)Gerüstbauer m
(= steeplejack)Schornsteinarbeiter m
spider monkey
nKlammeraffe m
spider plant
nGrünlilie f
spider veins
n (Med inf) → Besenreiser pl (inf), → Besenreißer pl (inf)
spiderweb
n (US) → Spinnwebe f, → Spinnengewebe nt, → Spinnennetz nt

spider

[ˈspaɪdəʳ] nragno; (tool) → chiave f a croce
spider's web → ragnatela

spider

(ˈspaidə) noun
a kind of small creature with eight legs and no wings, which spins a web.

spider

عَنْكَبُوت pavouk edderkop Spinne αράχνη araña hämähäkki araignée pauk ragno クモ 거미 spin edderkopp pająk aranha паук spindel แมงมุม örümcek con nhện 蜘蛛

spi·der

n. araña;
black ___araña negra.

spider

n araña; (derm, fam) araña vascular; brown recluse — araña reclusa, araña violinista (esp. Mex)
References in classic literature ?
So she took Amy by the hand, and taught her as she herself had been taught sixty years ago, a process which carried dismay to Amy's soul, and made her feel like a fly in the web of a very strict spider.
It had innumerable branches--a perfect spider web beneath the city; Jurgis walked over half a mile with his gang to the place where they were to work.
There in the Black Forest, on the mountainside, I saw an ant go through with such a performance as this with a dead spider of fully ten times his own weight.
Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up.
bout ten year ole dat 'uz good to me, en hadn't no mammy, po' thing, en I loved her en she loved me; en she come out whah I uz' workin' en she had a roasted tater, en tried to slip it to me-- robbin' herself, you see, 'ca'se she knowed de overseer didn't give me enough to eat--en he ketched her at it, en giver her a lick acrost de back wid his stick, which 'uz as thick as a broom handle, en she drop' screamin' on de groun', en squirmin' en wallerin' aroun' in de dust like a spider dat's got crippled.
Now a procession of ants appeared, from nowhere in par- ticular, and went about their labors; one struggled man- fully by with a dead spider five times as big as itself in its arms, and lugged it straight up a tree-trunk.
I perceive that people in these regions acquire over people in towns the value that a spider in a dungeon does over a spider in a cottage, to their various occupants; and yet the deepened attraction is not entirely owing to the situation of the looker-on.
I found myself in the condition of a schoolmaster, a trap, a pitfall; of always playing spider to Dora's fly, and always pouncing out of my hole to her infinite disturbance.
An epergne or centrepiece of some kind was in the middle of this cloth; it was so heavily overhung with cobwebs that its form was quite undistinguishable; and, as I looked along the yellow expanse out of which I remember its seeming to grow, like a black fungus, I saw speckled-legged spiders with blotchy bodies running home to it, and running out from it, as if some circumstances of the greatest public importance had just transpired in the spider community.
He seemed to weave, like the spider, from pure impulse, without reflection.
One of these, a stout well-set yeoman, arrayed in Lincoln green, having twelve arrows stuck in his belt, with a baldric and badge of silver, and a bow of six feet length in his hand, turned short round, and while his countenance, which his constant exposure to weather had rendered brown as a hazel nut, grew darker with anger, he advised the Jew to remember that all the wealth he had acquired by sucking the blood of his miserable victims had but swelled him like a bloated spider, which might be overlooked while he kept in a comer, but would be crushed if it ventured into the light.
There he called his wife, and showed me to her; but she screamed and ran back, as women in England do at the sight of a toad or a spider.