spi·​dery | \ ˈspī-də-rē How to pronounce spidery (audio) \

Definition of spidery

1a : resembling a spider in form or manner
b : resembling a spiderweb spidery handwriting especially : composed of fine threads or lines in a weblike arrangement spidery lace
2 : infested with spiders

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The property’s maze of whimsical gardens, which flower with floating lotus plants (which inspired the name of the property), spidery fields of cacti, and a Japanese garden was the focus of the evening’s festivities. Leigh Penney, Vogue, "A Hollywood Crowd Came Out for a Japanese Garden Party in Support of Lotusland," 29 July 2019 The thorough work also includes many of the forces that would be at play due to the spidery fractures that surround the area of interest, adds Valentina Magni of the University of Oslo, who was an organizer of the EGU session. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019 Then those branches themselves branched, and so on, fanning out into small spidery veins that fed the entire network. Quanta Magazine, "A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’," 28 Nov. 2018 And Georgy has them—spiky, clumpy, eternally spidery. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Goes on the Ultimate Eyelash Adventure in Los Angeles," 12 Nov. 2018 The Crown’s Foy swapped her twinset and pearls for a dramatic monochrome Alexander McQueen dress (with spidery black flowers) and custom Louboutins. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The map shows an intricate network laid atop Europe, with thick branches (the most frequently used routes) and tiny spidery branches in a total of almost 500,000 routes. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Roads Actually Lead to Rome?," 12 May 2018 Some people like the spidery look of mascara, so if that’s you, try this one out. Tiffany Yannetta, The Cut, "These Are the 15 Best Lengthening Mascaras," 4 May 2018 One coat is plenty: otherwise, the formula can get too thick and spidery. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "I tried everyone's favorite mascaras—and the winner was obvious," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spidery

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of spidery

: long and thin like the legs of a spider

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