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spider

[ spahy-der ]
/ ˈspaɪ dər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Digital Technology. to digitally survey (websites), following and cataloging their links in order to index web pages for a search engine: Her company spiders the web for cheap flights and vacation deals.Compare crawl1 (def. 9).

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Origin of spider

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English spithre, Old English spīthra, akin to spinnan “to spin”; cognate with Danish spinder. See spin

OTHER WORDS FROM spider

spi·der·less, adjectivespi·der·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spider

spider
/ (ˈspaɪdə) /

noun

Word Origin for spider

Old English spīthra; related to Danish spinder, German Spinne; see spin
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Medical definitions for spider

spider
[ spīdər ]

n.

Any of numerous arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, two poison fangs, and two feelers and an unsegmented abdomen bearing several spinnerets that produce the silk used to make nests, cocoons, or webs for trapping insects.
An arterial spider.
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