verb (used with object)

Also crawl. Digital Technology. to retrieve (data) from a website using a computer program, as in order to index web pages for a search engine: Her company spiders the web for cheap flights and vacation deals.

Origin of spider

1300–50; Middle English spithre, Old English spīthra, akin to spinnan to spin; cognate with Danish spinder
Related formsspi·der·less, adjectivespi·der·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spiderlike

Historical Examples of spiderlike

  • Spiderlike out from each side of the monster thrust half a score of others.

  • Spiderlike beings ran out over the smooth dark surface of the sea as if it were solid ground.

British Dictionary definitions for spiderlike



any predatory silk-producing arachnid of the order Araneae, having four pairs of legs and a rounded unsegmented body consisting of abdomen and cephalothoraxSee also wolf spider, trap-door spider, tarantula, black widow
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

Word Origin for spider

Old English spīthra; related to Danish spinder, German Spinne; see spin
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Word Origin and History for spiderlike



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.

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spiderlike in Medicine




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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