Definition of spider
1a : any of an order (Araneae synonym Araneida) of arachnids having a short, usually unsegmented abdomen linked to the cephalothorax by the pedicel, chelicerae modified into poison fangs, and two or more pairs of spinnerets at the posterior end of the abdomen for spinning threads of silk for various uses (as in making cocoons for their eggs or webs to catch prey) ◆Spiders are further characterized by leglike pedipalps near the mouth, usually eight simple eyes, and book lungs or tracheae in the abdomen. b : any of various other arthropods and especially arachnids that resemble the true spiders —not used technically
2 : a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth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
spiderishplay \ˈspī-də-rish\ adjective
spiderlikeplay \ˈspī-dər-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of spider in a Sentence
We watched the spider spin its web.
Recent Examples of spider from the Web
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2010) Making a Spider-Man movie requires ropes, harnesses and plenty of CGI.
Also performing are Sailor’s Horse, Loafers, The O’s and Mind Spiders.
SHODAN was like a black widow spider, a paralyzing, godlike presence whose seductive brilliance and stammering balefulness made her one of gaming's most memorable antagonists.
Many entries are obviously crafted to be read aloud at live events, dry runs for stories featuring Stadium Pals, pet spiders, aggressive beggars, and his uphill battle with the French language.
Princess Diana opted for a waterfall bouquet featuring gardenias, stephanotis, orchids, lily of the valley, roses, freesia, veronica and spider lilies in 1981.
Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add ½ cup pasta cooking liquid.
Scenes included a robot monkey and an oversized spider descending to pick up houses.
Arachnid Adventures: Drop by Big Break to learn about spiders and join in fun arachnid activities.
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Origin and Etymology of spider
Middle English spyder, alteration of spithre; akin to Old English spinnan to spin
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SPIDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spider for English Language Learners
: a small creature that has eight legs and usually creates a web of sticky threads in which it catches insects for food
SPIDER Defined for Kids
Definition of spider for Students
1 : a wingless animal that is somewhat like an insect but has eight legs instead of six and a body divided into two parts instead of three and that often spins threads of silk into webs for catching prey
2 : a cast-iron frying pan
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
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