Definition of spider in English:

spider

Syllabification: spi·der
Pronunciation: /ˈspīdər
 
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noun

  • 1An eight-legged predatory arachnid with an unsegmented body consisting of a fused head and thorax and a rounded abdomen. Spiders have fangs that inject poison into their prey, and most kinds spin webs in which to capture insects.
    • Order Araneae, class Arachnida
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    • When they reduce pesticide use, they see a lot more beneficial predatory insects: spiders and parasitic wasps and flies.
    • They are predators on spiders, mites, millipedes, and other insects.
    • In addition to honey, their diet included scorpions, spiders, insects, mice, lizards, frogs, snakes and fruit, she said.
  • 1.1Used in names of arachnids similar or related to the spider, e.g., sea spider, sun spider.
  • 2An object resembling a spider, especially one having numerous or prominent legs or radiating spokes.
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    • It was crafted in the shape of a spider, so that its minute legs would curl around her index finger, with tiny ruby eyes.
    • Especially Dave, who had to feed the scrum, swipe the ball from the back of the black spider, and dive-pass it out to the waiting back line.
    • Remove with spider or slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • 2.1A cast-iron frying pan, originally made with legs for cooking on coals in a hearth.
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    • This way, your site map will be a valuable resource for anyone who accesses your site, and a useful tool for spiders to find everything that's within.
    • The search engine spiders take those words and display the best sites that relate to that information.
    • The spider captures summaries, which is all the engine searches, which gives you easy breadth, but not depth.
  • 2.2A long-legged rest for a billiard cue that can be placed over a ball without touching it.
  • 3 Computing another term for crawler ( sense 2).
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    • This way, your site map will be a valuable resource for anyone who accesses your site, and a useful tool for spiders to find everything that's within.
    • The search engine spiders take those words and display the best sites that relate to that information.
    • The spider captures summaries, which is all the engine searches, which gives you easy breadth, but not depth.

verb

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  • 1 [no object] Move in a scuttling manner suggestive of a spider: a treecreeper spidered head first down the tree trunk
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    • As they spidered their way up the walls, Deuterium Boy sighed.
    • You see them occasionally: a skier ghosting through trees in total control, a climber spidering up a sheer rock face with ease, a poised surfer rocketing out of a perfect barrel.
    • Ambitious craggers had been spidering up Baffin's granite for decades, but none had ever looked at the walls with an eye out for skiable lines.
  • 1.1Form a pattern suggestive of a spider or its web.
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    • When they hit his shield, they spider out making a massive web of rock!
    • Age creeps up on all of us, from the first delicate lines spidering around our eyes in our twenties to the heavier frown lines and crow's feet of middle age.
    • In Middlesbrough, where there's one long road spidering into town, most people walk into town on the left-hand pavement, and walk away from town on the left-hand pavement.
  • 2 [with object] Computing another term for crawl ( sense 4 of the verb). when the search engines spider your site they’ll find all of the pages
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    • The dataset is also very 'natural', consisting of images spidered from the Internet.
    • Within three days of the launch of our site, Google had spidered our main page.
    • For prices starting at $20, the company guarantees they'll spider your website every 48 hours for a year.

Derivatives

spiderish

adjective
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  • He savoured such incidents, which he quickly noted in his spiderish hand-writing, to be retrieved for use on some later date.
  • Even her hair is wispy and desiccated, a spiderish black, standing out from her head as if electrified.
  • Ms. Winters does a spectacular job weaving the mystery into a spiderish web of intrigue.

Origin

late Old English spīthra, from spinnan (see spin).

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