- 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
Related Words for spidertick, vermin, pest, mite, bee, butterfly, gnat, dragonfly, moth, grasshopper, spider, cockroach, termite, ant, mosquito, beetle, flea, aphid, ladybug, burglar
Examples from the Web for spider
Contemporary Examples of spider
Did you know that Solange was just trying to kill a spider that was crawling on Jay?Andy Samberg's ‘SNL’ Finale Was Wonderfully Weird
May 18, 2014
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
May 22, 2013
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
December 8, 2012
Is that your spider sense tingling, or is that your arthritis?Grandpa in Tights: Spider-Man Hits Middle Age
August 26, 2012
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’
July 18, 2012
Historical Examples of spider
As well try to mend a spider's web when you have put your boot through it.The Incomplete Amorist
She loved to spin, and no spider ever spun so fine a thread as she on her spinning wheel.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
The spider is tossed from his footing and falls wounded to earth.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
Sometimes it resembles a spider's web when it is called arachnoid.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
This little girl, the Cod-fish by name, was devoted to the Spider.Lotus Buds
Word Origin 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.