- a part having a number of radiating spokes or arms, usually not connected at their outer ends.
- Also called cross. (in a universal joint) a crosslike part pivoted between the forked ends of two shafts to transmit motion between them.
verb (used with object)
Origin of spider
Examples from the Web for spider
Did you know that Solange was just trying to kill a spider that was crawling on Jay?
Apparently, all Palestinians have an inner Spider Man and scaling walls is child's play.The Next Arab Idol: Palestine's Boy Wonder and Stereotype Buster|Maysoon Zayid|May 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This past April, he made headlines again for calling a Pakistani girl born with additional limbs a “spider baby.”2Day FM: The Radio Station Behind the Tragic Kate Middleton Prank|Kevin Fallon|December 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Is that your spider sense tingling, or is that your arthritis?
On the cover of Teen Vogue are Spider Man stars Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.The War on ‘Teen Vogue’: Young Readers Escalate Campaign for More ‘Real Girls’|Abigail Pesta|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mary shivered a little at the words and the look in Marie's eyes as they stared behind the spider web veil.The Guests Of Hercules|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The box was again locked and lowered; and presently the spider returned to find that his cunning trap had been totally destroyed.The Million Dollar Mystery|Harold MacGrath
What can the Spider do with these snail-shells wherein the animal retreats so far that she cannot reach it?
Its discovery was no help to them, since it was far too small to admit the spider.World of the Drone|Robert Abernathy
The Spider takes her place in the center, on the little cushion.
British Dictionary definitions for spider
Word Origin for spider
Word Origin and History for spider
Old English spiþra, from Proto-Germanic *spenthro (cf. Danish spinder), from *spenwanan "to spin" (see spin). The connection with the root is more transparent in other Germanic cognates (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Middle High German, German spinne, Dutch spin "spider").
In literature, often a figure of cunning, skill, and industry as well as poisonous predation. As the name for a type of two-pack solitaire, it is attested from 1890. Another Old English word for the creature was gangewifre "a weaver as he goes," and Middle English also had araine "spider" (14c.-15c., from French). Spider plant is from 1852; spider crab is from 1710; spider monkey is from 1764, so called for its long limbs.