Dictionary

spider

82 ENTRIES FOUND:

spider

noun spi·der \ˈspī-dər\

: a small creature that has eight legs and usually creates a web of sticky threads in which it catches insects for food

Full Definition of SPIDER

1
:  any of an order (Araneae syn. Araneida) of arachnids having the abdomen usually unsegmented and constricted at the base, chelicerae modified into poison fangs, and two or more pairs of abdominal spinnerets for spinning threads of silk for various uses (as in making cocoons for their eggs or webs to catch prey)
2
:  a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth
3
:  any of various devices consisting of a frame or skeleton with radiating arms or members
spi·der·ish \-də-rish\ adjective
spi·der·like \-dər-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SPIDER

  1. We watched the spider spin its web.

Origin of SPIDER

Middle English spyder, alteration of spithre; akin to Old English spinnan to spin
First Known Use: 15th century

spider

noun spi·der \ˈspīd-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPIDER

1
:  any of an order (Araneae synonym Araneida) of arachnids having a body with two main divisions, four pairs of walking legs, and two or more pairs of abdominal spinnerets for spinning threads of silk used especially in making webs for catching prey
2
:  spider nevus <an arterial spider>
3
:  an obstruction in the teat of a cow; especially :  a small irregular horny growth resulting from irritation or bruising

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: spider angiomaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: spicy fleabaneAll Words Near: spider
March 05, 2015
ilk Hear it
Sort or kind
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears