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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Recent Examples on the Web The painting uses architectural drawings of the Mogamma to create a spidery abstract grid with occasional shards of color that maps the building’s haphazard past. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Julie Mehretu Makes Art Big Enough to Get Lost In," 5 Mar. 2021 To Halaoui’s surprise, the two-inch-long aluminum cylinder contained a century-old note written in spidery German script. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Carrier Pigeon’s Military Message Was Delivered a Century Too Late," 13 Nov. 2020 Scientists detect infrasound signals with microphones on spidery legs. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking down a fireball in the sky over Alaska," 25 Oct. 2020 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

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First Known Use of spidery

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Spidery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spidery. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spidery

: long and thin like the legs of a spider

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