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

Examples of spidery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He's typically depicted as a slim, spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "1 of 2 girls convicted in Slender Man stabbing loses appeal," 12 Aug. 2020 In this case, the spidery engineers had built a set of three crosshatched webs spun out from a corner of the house. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A backyard during stay-home orders offers small, wondrous surprises," 25 Apr. 2020 Jeannie Nguyen’s home is full of precious, expensive things, all of them rooted in dirt: the spidery tendrils of a philodendron tortum, the scaly leaves of a piper parmatum. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Princess, the Plantfluencers, and the Pink Congo Scam," 19 Feb. 2020 One of the center’s two galleries has been laced with white strands by Kieun Kim, who supplements the spidery installation with ambient music and kaleidoscopic lights. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: At cultural center, art that’s tethered to South Korea," 20 Sep. 2019 The result: spidery multi-limbed flashes of lightning. Michael Peterson, National Geographic, "Record-breaking lightning as long as Kansas spotted," 22 Aug. 2019 The casting The web of questions surrounding what really happened in Dealey Plaza will no doubt continue its spidery evolution. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "In searching for the next ‘Hamilton,’ the makers of the musical ‘Oswald’ traverse the JFK minefield," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of spidery

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 Aug 2020

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“Spidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spidery. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spidery

: long and thin like the legs of a spider

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