Definition of Spider

1. Noun. Predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey.




2. Noun. A computer program that prowls the internet looking for publicly accessible resources that can be added to a database; the database can then be searched with a search engine.
Exact synonyms: Wanderer
Generic synonyms: Computer Program, Computer Programme, Program, Programme

3. Noun. A skillet made of cast iron.
Generic synonyms: Frying Pan, Frypan, Skillet

Definition of Spider

1. n. Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders have the mandibles converted into poison fangs, or falcers. The abdomen is large and not segmented, with two or three pairs of spinnerets near the end, by means of which they spin threads of silk to form cocoons, or nests, to protect their eggs and young. Many species spin also complex webs to entrap the insects upon which they prey. The eyes are usually eight in number (rarely six), and are situated on the back of the cephalothorax. See Illust. under Araneina.

Definition of Spider

1. Noun. Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order ''Araneae'', most of which spin webs to catch prey. ¹

2. Noun. (Internet) A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information. ¹

3. Noun. (chiefly Australia and New Zealand) A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade). ¹

4. Noun. (slang) A spindly person. ¹

5. Noun. (slang) A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar. ¹

6. Noun. (context: snooker billiards) A stick with a convex arch-shaped notched head used to support the cue when the cue ball is out of reach at normal extension; a bridge. ¹

7. Noun. (cookware) A cast-iron frying pan with three legs, once common in open hearth cookery. They were generally called spiders both in England and in America. ¹

8. Noun. A part of a crank, which the chainrings are attached ¹

9. Noun. (slang) Heroin (street drug). ¹

10. Noun. (music) Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points. ¹

11. Verb. (Internet of a computer program) to follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spider

1. a type of arachnid [n -S] - See also: arachnid

Medical Definition of Spider

1. 1. Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders have the mandibles converted into poison fangs, or falcers. The abdomen is large and not segmented, with two or three pairs of spinnerets near the end, by means of which they spin threads of silk to form cocoons, or nests, to protect their eggs and young. Many species spin also complex webs to entrap the insects upon which they prey. The eyes are usually eight in number (rarely six), and are situated on the back of the cephalothorax. Spiders are divided into two principal groups: the Dipneumona, having two lungs: and the Tetrapneumona, having four lungs. See Mygale. The former group includes several tribes; as, the jumping spiders (see Saltigradae), the wolf spiders, or Citigradae (see under Wolf), the crab spiders, or Laterigradae (see under Crab), the garden, or geometric, spiders, or Orbitellae (see under Geometrical, and Garden), and others. See Bird spider, Grass spider, House spider, Silk spider. 2. Any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red). 3. An iron pan with a long handle, used as a kitchen utensil in frying food. Originally, it had long legs, and was used over coals on the hearth. 4. A trevet to support pans or pots over a fire. 5. A skeleton, or frame, having radiating arms or members, often connected by crosspieces; as, a casting forming the hub and spokes to which the rim of a fly wheel or large gear is bolted; the body of a piston head; a frame for strengthening a core or mold for a casting, etc. Spider ant. Any one of numerous species of South American monkeys of the genus Ateles, having very long legs and a long prehensile tail. Spider orchis, any shell of the genus Pteroceras. See Pteroceras. Origin: OE. Spire, fr. AS. Spinnan to spin; so named from spinning its web; cf. D. Spin a spider, G. Spinne, Sw. Spindel. Seee Spin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spider

spics
spicula
spiculae
spicular
spiculate
spiculation
spiculations
spicule
spicules
spiculiform
spiculigenous
spiculispongiae
spiculum
spide
spider (current term)
spider's web
spider's webs
spider-burst
spider-webby
spider angioma
spider angiomas
spider brake
spider cancer
spider cell
spider crab
spider fern
spider finger
spider flower
spider goat

Literary usage of Spider

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1. The Popular Science MonthlyScience (1893)
"My spider (8 p.). WHT Winter, 21 : 513. Nest of the purse-web spider (Misc. ... Whirligig spider (Misc.), 39 : 284. American S. and their spinning-work. ..."

2. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society by Linnean Society of London (1873)
"Dictyna lugubri», sp. n., g. a, spider, in profile ; A, caput and falces, from the front ... from above and in profile ; e, natural length of spider. Fig. ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1890)
"The spider commenced tugging at his prize in order to land it. ... During an interval of six or eight minutes' absence the spider had drawn the fish ..."

4. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1890)
"... spider—Parasitical spider—Artifices of an Epeira— Gregarious spiderspider with an unsymmetrical Web. RIO DE JANEIRO April 4th to July $th, 1832. ..."

5. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"... made by a Butterfly—Entomology—Ants—Wasp killing a spider—Parasitical spider—Artifices of an Epeira—Gregarious spiderspider with an unsymmetrical Web. ..."

6. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"... powers of— Blue Haze—Noise made by a Butterfly—Entomology—Ants—Wasp killing a spider—Parasitical spider—Artifices of an Epeira—Gregarious spiderspider ..."

7. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin (1909)
"... by a Butterfly— Entomology — Ants—Wasp killing a spider — Parasitical spider—Artifices of an Epeira—Gregarious spiderspider with an unsymmetrical Web. ..."

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