Definitions for spider
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word spider.
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
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
a skillet made of cast iron
Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs to catch prey.
A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
A spindly person.
A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.
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.
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.
A part of a crank, which the chainrings are attached
Heroin (street drug).
to follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
The online dictionary is regularly spidered by search engines.
Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.
Etymology: From spithre, from spider, spiþra, from spinþrô, from (s)pend-. Cognate with spider, spin, spin, Spinne, spinder, spindel. More at spin.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The animal that spins a web for flies.
Etymology: Stephen Skinner thinks this word softened from spinder, or spinner, from spin: Franciscus Junius, with his usual felicity, dreams that it comes from σπίζειν, to extend; for the spider extends his web. Perhaps it comes from spieden, Dutch; speyden, Danish, to spy, to lye upon the catch. Dor, dora, Saxon, is a beetle, or properly an humble bee, or stingless bee. May not spider be spy dor, the insect that watches the dor?
More direful hap betide that hated wretch,
Than I can wish to adders, spiders, toads. William Shakespeare.
The spider’s web to watch we’ll stand,
And when it takes the bee,
We’ll help out of the tyrant’s hand
The innocent to free. Michael Drayton.
Insidious, restless, watchful spider,
Fear no officious damsel’s broom;
Extend thy artful fabrick wider,
And spread thy banners round my room:
While I thy curious fabrick stare at,
And think on hapless poet’s fate,
Like thee confin’d to noisome garret,
And rudely banish’d rooms of state. Edward Littleton.
The spider’s touch how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line. Alexander Pope.
Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs, chelicerae with fangs generally able to inject venom, and spinnerets that extrude silk. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all orders of organisms. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica, and have become established in nearly every land habitat. As of August 2022, 50,356 spider species in 132 families have been recorded by taxonomists. However, there has been debate among scientists about how families should be classified, with over 20 different classifications proposed since 1900.Anatomically, spiders (as with all arachnids) differ from other arthropods in that the usual body segments are fused into two tagmata, the cephalothorax or prosoma, and the opisthosoma, or abdomen, and joined by a small, cylindrical pedicel, however, as there is currently neither paleontological nor embryological evidence that spiders ever had a separate thorax-like division, there exists an argument against the validity of the term cephalothorax, which means fused cephalon (head) and the thorax. Similarly, arguments can be formed against use of the term abdomen, as the opisthosoma of all spiders contains a heart and respiratory organs, organs atypical of an abdomen.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. Their abdomens bear appendages that have been modified into spinnerets that extrude silk from up to six types of glands. Spider webs vary widely in size, shape and the amount of sticky thread used. It now appears that the spiral orb web may be one of the earliest forms, and spiders that produce tangled cobwebs are more abundant and diverse than orb-weaver spiders. Spider-like arachnids with silk-producing spigots appeared in the Devonian period about 386 million years ago, but these animals apparently lacked spinnerets. True spiders have been found in Carboniferous rocks from 318 to 299 million years ago, and are very similar to the most primitive surviving suborder, the Mesothelae. The main groups of modern spiders, Mygalomorphae and Araneomorphae, first appeared in the Triassic period, before 200 million years ago. The species Bagheera kiplingi was described as herbivorous in 2008, but all other known species are predators, mostly preying on insects and on other spiders, although a few large species also take birds and lizards. It is estimated that the world's 25 million tons of spiders kill 400–800 million tons of prey per year. Spiders use a wide range of strategies to capture prey: trapping it in sticky webs, lassoing it with sticky bolas, mimicking the prey to avoid detection, or running it down. Most detect prey mainly by sensing vibrations, but the active hunters have acute vision, and hunters of the genus Portia show signs of intelligence in their choice of tactics and ability to develop new ones. Spiders' guts are too narrow to take solids, so they liquefy their food by flooding it with digestive enzymes. They also grind food with the bases of their pedipalps, as arachnids do not have the mandibles that crustaceans and insects have. To avoid being eaten by the females, which are typically much larger, male spiders identify themselves to potential mates by a variety of complex courtship rituals. Males of most species survive a few matings, limited mainly by their short life spans. Females weave silk egg-cases, each of which may contain hundreds of eggs. Females of many species care for their young, for example by carrying them around or by sharing food with them. A minority of species are social, building communal webs that may house anywhere from a few to 50,000 individuals. Social behavior ranges from precarious toleration, as in the widow spiders, to co-operative hunting and food-sharing. Although most spiders live for at most two years, tarantulas and other mygalomorph spiders can live up to 25 years in captivity. While the venom of a few species is dangerous to humans, scientists are now researching the use of spider venom in medicine and as non-polluting pesticides. Spider silk provides a combination of lightness, strength and elasticity that is superior to that of synthetic materials, and spider silk genes have been inserted into mammals and plants to see if these can be used as silk factories. As a result of their wide range of behaviors, spiders have become common symbols in art and mythology symbolizing various combinations of patience, cruelty and creative powers. An irrational fear of spiders is called arachnophobia.
A spider is a type of invertebrate animal belonging to the class Arachnida, and is characterized by its eight legs, ability to produce silk, and venomous fangs. They vary greatly in size and color, and are found globally in almost every habitat, making them one of the most diverse and widespread groups of predators. Some spiders build intricate webs to catch prey while others are hunters that actively pursue their food.
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
any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red)
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
a trevet to support pans or pots over a fire
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
Etymology: [OE. spire, fr. AS. spinnan to spin; -- so named from spinning its web; cf. D. spin a spider, G. spinne, Sw. spindel. See Spin.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spī′dėr, n. an arachnid of the order Araneida, the body divided into two distinct parts—an unsegmented cephalo-thorax, bearing six pairs of appendages, and a soft unsegmented abdomen, at the end of which are the spinnerets from each of which numerous 'spinning-spools' ooze forth the viscid fluid which hardens into the silken thread: a frying-pan with feet, a trivet.—ns. Spī′der-catch′er, the wall-creeper; Spī′der-crab, a spider-like crab, or sea-spider with long thin legs; Spī′der-dīv′er, the little grebe, or dabchick; Spī′derdom, spiders collectively.—adj. Spī′dered, cobwebbed.—n. Spī′der-fly, a pupiparous fly, as a bird-louse, &c.—adj. Spī′der-like, like a spider.—ns. Spī′derling, a young spider; Spī′der-mon′key, an American platyrrine monkey, with long slender legs and tail; Spī′der-stitch, a stitch in lace or netting in which threads are carried diagonally and parallel to each other; Spī′der-wasp, a pompilid wasp which fills its nest with spiders for its young; Spī′der-web, the snare spun by the spider; Spī′der-wheel, in embroidery, a circular pattern with radiating lines; Spī′der-work, lace worked by spider-stitch; Spī′der-wort, any plant of the genus Tradescantia, esp. T. virginica, an American perennial with deep-blue or reddish-violet flowers.—adj. Spī′dery, spider-like. [M. E. spither—A.S. spinnan, to spin; cf. Dan. spinder, Ger. spinne.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
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
A busy weaver and a good correspondent, who drops a line by every post.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An iron out-rigger to keep a block clear of the ship's side.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'spider' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4650
Rank popularity for the word 'spider' in Nouns Frequency: #2972
The numerical value of spider in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of spider in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The artist is a recepticle for the emotions that come from all over the place from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
Green Goblin The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the Goblin and took the spider out.
The melodies are really the kind of relationships that the spider would also experience. And so we can begin to feel a little bit like a spider in that way.
Our message has to be 'it's not Spider-Man with an asterisk; it's the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,'.
Spiders have very keen vibrational sensors, they use vibrations as a way to orient themselves, to communicate with other spiders and so the idea of thinking literally like a spider would experience the world was something that was very obvious to us as spider material scientists.
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- عنكبوت, شبثArabic
- къорола, нусиречAvaric
- kusi kusiAymara
- aranyaCatalan, Valencian
- паѫкъOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- corryn, pryf copynWelsh
- تارتنک, عنکبوتPersian
- spinWestern Frisian
- damhán alla, ruán alla, fíodóirIrish
- damhan-allaidh, figheadairScottish Gaelic
- feeder, treechoshagh, doo-oalleeManx
- tautau, gizo gizoHausa
- मकड़ी, मकड़ाHindi
- zariyenHaitian Creole
- labah, laba-labaIndonesian
- ᐋᓯᕙᖅ, aasivaqInuktitut
- スパイダー, クモ, 蜘蛛Japanese
- დედაზარდლი, ობობაGeorgian
- aasiakKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ಸಾಲಿಗ, ಜೇಡKannada
- 거미, 지주Korean
- kevnis, gwiader, kevnisennCornish
- aranea, araneusLatin
- SpannLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- zirneklis, zirnekļprogrammaLatvian
- puawerewere, puungaawerewere, puungaiwerewere, puuwerewere, tuuturiMāori
- എട്ടുകാലി, ചിലന്തിMalayalam
- kobbe, spinDutch
- edderkoppNorwegian Nynorsk
- naʼashjéʼiiNavajo, Navaho
- asabikeshiinh, asabikeshiOjibwe, Ojibwa
- ਮੱਕਡ਼ੀPanjabi, Punjabi
- غڼهPashto, Pushto
- uru, kusikusi, apasankaQuechua
- falien, filunza, arogn, filien, aragnun, falient, filùnRomansh
- arantzolu, aragiolu, aragnolu, arrungiolu, ranzolu, aranzoluSardinian
- паук, paukSerbo-Croatian
- මකුළුවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- тортанак, анкабутTajik
- möý, leñkewutTurkmen
- gagamba, alalawaTagalog
- hinaTonga (Tonga Islands)
- ئۆمۈچۈكUyghur, Uighur
- nhện, con nhệnVietnamese
- raänidil, jiraänid, leraänid, raänidül, hiraänid, spulaf, hiraänidül, raänid, jiraänidülVolapük
- aragne, arègneWalloon
- ulwembu, ululwembuZulu
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