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2 : a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth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 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Giant sea scorpions were once in the class Merostomata too, but they were found to be more spider-like, leaving horseshoe crabs in a class by themselves. National Geographic, "Atlantic horseshoe crab," 20 Apr. 2020 In The Witcher TV show, the kikimora appears as a very large, spider-like monster who tries to drown Geralt and bite his head off with a large maw full of sharp teeth. Time, "The Witcher Borrows Heavily From European Folklore. Here Are the Myths That Inspired the Netflix Show's Monsters," 20 Dec. 2019 Its ragged edges, wrinkled metallic foil, and spider-like legs looked nothing like the streamlined spacecraft depicted in movies—and that was by design. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Art of the Return Trip: How NASA Got Apollo 11 Home," 24 July 2019 Charlotte’s Web pulls in readers from every age as White brings together a pig and a spider who long to be friends despite the pig being the runt of his litter. Time, "Here Are the 10 Most Borrowed Books of All Time at the New York Public Library," 13 Jan. 2020 But flying erratically away from predators runs the risk of colliding with a spider’s nest, or travelling far from food and mates. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Some Moths Taste So Bad That They Don’t Bother Fleeing From Bats," 16 Dec. 2019 In this version, a Brooklyn Latinx teen gets bitten by a radioactive spider and teams up with versions of his Spidey compatriots from other dimensions in order to stop Kingpin from destroying New York City with his Super-Collider. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Family Movies for Grown-Ups and Kids Alike," 11 Dec. 2019 The movie follows Miles Morales, an Afro-Hispanic teen who develops powers when bit by a spider (sound familiar?). Leah Asmelash, CNN, "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is getting a sequel," 1 Nov. 2019 There are spiders that cartwheel across the desert, and some salamanders back-flip down boulders. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Ants Have a Revolutionary Escape Strategy," 13 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of spider was in the 15th century

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2 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spider. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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spider

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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

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How to pronounce spider (audio)

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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