Definitions for SPIDERˈspaɪ dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spi•derˈspaɪ dər(n.)

  1. any of numerous predatory arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into two parts, a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, and an abdomen with silk-secreting spinnerets: their webs serve as nests and as traps for prey.

    Category: Invertebrates

  2. (loosely) any of various other arachnids resembling these.

    Category: Invertebrates

  3. any of various devices with leglike extensions suggestive of a spider, as a tripod or trivet.

  4. a frying pan, orig. one with legs for cooking on a hearth.

  5. a machine part having a number of radiating spokes or arms.

    Category: Machinery

  6. a computer program that automatically retrieves Web pages for use by search engines.

    Category: Computers

Origin of spider:

bef. 1150; ME spithre, OE spīthra, akin to spinnan to spin ; cf. Dan spinder

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spider(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. spider, wanderer(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

  3. spider(noun)

    a skillet made of cast iron

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spider(noun)ˈspaɪ dər

    an eight-legged creature that makes a spiderweb to catch insects

    a spider spinning its web

Wiktionary

  1. spider(Noun)

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

  2. spider(Noun)

    A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.

  3. spider(Noun)

    A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).

  4. spider(Noun)

    A spindly person.

  5. spider(Noun)

    A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.

  6. spider(Noun)

    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.

  7. spider(Noun)

    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.

  8. spider(Noun)

    A part of a crank, which the chainrings are attached

  9. spider(Noun)

    Heroin (street drug).

  10. spider(Verb)

    to follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.

    The online dictionary is regularly spidered by search engines.

  11. spider(Noun)

    Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.

  12. Origin: From spithre, from spider, spiþra, from spinþrô, from (s)pend-. Cognate with spider, spin, spin, Spinne, spinder, spindel. More at spin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spider(noun)

    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

  2. Spider(noun)

    any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red)

  3. Spider(noun)

    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. Spider(noun)

    a trevet to support pans or pots over a fire

  5. Spider(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Spider

    Spiders are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every habitat with the exception of air and sea colonization. As of 2008, at least 43,678 spider species, and 109 families have been recorded by taxonomists; however, there has been confusion within the scientific community as to how all these families should be classified, as evidenced by the over 20 different classifications that have been proposed since 1900. Anatomically, spiders differ from other arthropods in that the usual body segments are fused into two tagmata, the cephalothorax and abdomen, and joined by a small, cylindrical pedicel. Unlike insects, spiders do not have antennae. In all except the most primitive group, the Mesothelae, spiders have the most centralized nervous systems of all arthropods, as all their ganglia are fused into one mass in the cephalothorax. Unlike most arthropods, spiders have no extensor muscles in their limbs and instead extend them by hydraulic pressure.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. spider

    The Web-walking part of a search engine that collects pages for indexing in the search engine's database. Also called a bot. The best-known spider is Scooter, the web-walker for the Alta Vista search engine.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. SPIDER

    A busy weaver and a good correspondent, who drops a line by every post.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPIDER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4650

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SPIDER' in Nouns Frequency: #2972


Translations for SPIDER

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

spider(noun)

a kind of small creature with eight legs and no wings, which spins a web.

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