[ spahy-der ]
/ ˈspaɪ dər /
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.
Also called web crawler. Digital Technology. a computer program that retrieves data from a website, as in order to index web pages for a search engine.
an evil person who entraps or lures others by wiles.
a device attached to a cultivator, for pulverizing the soil.
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.
Words nearby spider
Origin of spider
1300–50; Middle English spithre, Old English spīthra, akin to spinnan to spin; cognate with Danish spinder
OTHER WORDS FROM spiderspi·der·less, adjectivespi·der·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spiderlike
/ (ˈspaɪdə) /
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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Medical definitions for spiderlike
[ spī′dər ]
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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