any of numerous predaceous arachnids of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs that serve as nests and as traps for prey.
(loosely) any of various other arachnids resembling or suggesting these.
any of various things resembling or suggesting a spider.
a frying pan, originally one with legs or feet.
a trivet or tripod, as for supporting a pot or pan on a hearth.
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.
Digital Technology. a computer program that follows and catalogs links within websites in order to index web pages for a search engine.: Compare web crawler.
an evil person who entraps or lures others by wiles.
a device attached to a cultivator, for pulverizing the soil.
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).
- spi·der·less, adjective
- spi·der·like, adjective
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How to use spider in a sentence
What the redoubled interest in leather goods means for the alternative spider silk that was the company’s original product is unclear.Bolt Threads partners with Adidas, owners of Balenciaga and Gucci, and Stella McCartney on mushroom leather | Jonathan Shieber | October 2, 2020 | TechCrunch
The major complicating factor here is that spiders are everywhere.
You don’t realize how many spiders are in and around your house right now.
In building those homes, larvaceans remind Katija a bit of spiders.Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing | Susan Milius | June 15, 2020 | Science News
She’s a spider expert in Norfolk, England where she works with the British Arachnological Society.
Another side of spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult.
He then dons a spider-Man costume and savagely starts attacking criminals.
Then, under the bold headline “Rebooting spider-Man,” Robinov describes a broad vision for the future of the franchise.
Another angle Robinov suggests as a possibility for Peter Parker/spider-Man is a franchise reboot tackling Spidey as… an adult.
In it, Kraven the Hunter tracks down spider-Man, shoots him repeatedly, and leaves him for dead, buried underground.
There were two hard formal-looking couches, with straight backs and spider legs.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Suddenly the spaniel leapt up with that feverish, spider-like activity of the toy species and began to bark.Dope | Sax Rohmer
One of the most interesting of the spider race is the “trap-door” spider which inhabits warm countries all over the earth.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
The touch of the soft fabric reassured him: it was as soft as though woven of spider's web, and strong as fibres of steel.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
The tarantula, like many other members of the spider family, is an expert in the making of burrows.The Wonder Book of Knowledge | Various
British Dictionary definitions for spider
any of various similar or related arachnids
a hub fitted with radiating spokes or arms that serve to transmit power or support a load
agriculture an instrument used with a cultivator to pulverize soil
any implement or tool having the shape of a spider
nautical a metal frame fitted at the base of a mast to which halyards are tied when not in use
any part of a machine having a number of radiating spokes, tines, or arms
Also called: octopus British a cluster of elastic straps fastened at a central point and used to hold a load on a car rack, motorcycle, etc
billiards snooker a rest having long legs, used to raise the cue above the level of the height of the ball
angling an artificial fly tied with a hackle and no wings, perhaps originally thought to imitate a spider
computing a computer program that is capable of performing sophisticated recursive searches on the internet
short for spider phaeton
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