spider

noun
spi·​der | \ ˈspī-dər How to pronounce spider (audio) \

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)

Note: 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2 : a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth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

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Other Words from spider

spiderish \ ˈspī-​də-​rish How to pronounce spiderish (audio) \ adjective
spiderlike \ ˈspī-​dər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce spiderlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spider in a Sentence

We watched the spider spin its web.

Recent Examples on the Web

In the chilly season, when the air grows cold and the spiders die, comes a thin time. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Diana Gabaldon Plans to Expand the Outlander Universe with a Book About Master Raymond," 7 July 2019 Come learn all about snakes, reptiles, and spiders in this fun and educational show on Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. Registration is required. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 2 July 2019 Scientists decode the black widow spider’s language of love. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, "Sex on the Beach," 30 June 2019 Engraved on the canoe seat is a spider and its web, a reference to Anansi, the iconic West African folk figure. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 The route map of all these lines resembled the web of some very ambitious spiders. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "My trip to foreign city was reminder Detroit's transit system needs work," 13 June 2019 Fuzzy black spiders crawled up a pink brocade coat. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Horror Film-Themed Moschino Fashion Show at Universal Studios," 8 June 2019 Its characters, mastered by women and indecipherable to men, appear in thin, downward-slanting wisps, like spider legs dancing across paper. Vogue, "This All-Female DJ Collective Wants to Empower the Women of Shanghai’s Nocturnal World," 15 May 2019 Tossing away qubits is like snipping strands in a spider’s web — even a single snip can unravel the whole thing. Quanta Magazine, "A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum Computers," 24 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of spider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spider

Middle English spyder, alteration of spithre; akin to Old English spinnan to spin

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spider

noun

Financial Definition of spider

What It Is

A spider (SPDR) is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. SPDR stands for S&P Depository Receipts. However, the term can also refer to any ETF that tracks the S&P 500. The original SPDR ETF is managed by State Street Global Advisors.

How It Works

A SPDR is valued at one-tenth the S&P 500 Index and trades on the American Stock Exchange at about 10% of the dollar value level of the S&P 500. Each SPDR represents a unit of ownership in a trust that holds a portfolio of stocks that track the performance and dividend yield of an index.

SPDRs trade like stocks, and like stocks, they can be shorted, purchased on margin, and pay regular dividends.

Why It Matters

SPDRs are a way for investors and institutions to invest in the broad U.S. market and bet on its direction. Like most ETFs, SPDRs offer tax advantages over actual index mutual funds in that investors have more control over capital gains distributions.

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spider

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spider

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

spider

noun
spi·​der | \ ˈspī-dər How to pronounce spider (audio) \

Kids Definition of spider

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

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spider

noun
spi·​der | \ ˈspīd-ər How to pronounce spider (audio) \

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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