from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, two poison fangs, and two feelers and an unsegmented abdomen bearing several spinnerets that produce the silk used to make nests, cocoons, or webs for trapping insects.
- n. One that resembles a spider, as in appearance, character, or movement.
- n. New England, Upper Northern, & South Atlantic U.S. See frying pan. See Regional Note at frying pan.
- n. A trivet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs to catch prey.
- n. A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
- n. A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
- n. A spindly person.
- n. A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.
- n. A stick with a convex arch-shaped notched head used to support the cue when the cue ball is out of reach at normal extension; a bridge.
- n. A cast-iron frying pan with three legs, once common in open hearth cookery. They were generally called spiders both in England and in America.
- n. A part of a crank, to which the chainrings are attached
- n. Heroin (street drug).
- n. Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.
- v. to follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders have the mandibles converted into poison fangs, or falcers. The abdomen is large and not segmented, with two or three pairs of spinnerets near the end, by means of which they spin threads of silk to form cocoons, or nests, to protect their eggs and young. Many species spin also complex webs to entrap the insects upon which they prey. The eyes are usually eight in number (rarely six), and are situated on the back of the cephalothorax. See Illust. under araneina.
- n. Any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red).
- n. An iron pan with a long handle, used as a kitchen utensil in frying food. Originally, it had long legs, and was used over coals on the hearth.
- n. A trevet to support pans or pots over a fire.
- n. A skeleton, or frame, having radiating arms or members, often connected by crosspieces; as, a casting forming the hub and spokes to which the rim of a fly wheel or large gear is bolted; the body of a piston head; a frame for strengthening a core or mold for a casting, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arthropod of the order Araneæ, Araneina, or Araneida (the old Linnean genus Aranea), of the class Arachnida, of which there are many families, hundreds of genera, and thousands of species, found all over the world.
- n. Some other arachnidan, resembling or mistaken for a spider; a spider-mite. See red-spider.
- n. A spider-crab; a sea-spider.
- n. A cooking-utensil having legs or feet to keep it from contact with the coals: named from a fancied resemblance to the insect—the ordinary frying-pan is, however, sometimes erroneously termed a spider.
- n. A trivet; a low tripod used to support a dish, or the like, in front of a fire.
- n. In machinery:
- n. A skeleton of radiating spokes, as a rag-wheel.
- n. The internal frame or skeleton of a gear-wheel, for instance, on which a cogged rim may be bolted, shrunk, or cast.
- n. The solid interior part of a piston, to which the packing is attached, and to whose axis the piston-rod is secured.
- n. Nautical, an iron outrigger to keep a block clear of the ship's side.
- n. In the English form of pyramid-pool billiards, a skeleton rest, or bridge, designed for certain exigencies.
- n. In archery, a prize for the best gold, awarded at the Grand National Archery meeting in England.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a computer program that prowls the internet looking for publicly accessible resources that can be added to a database; the database can then be searched with a search engine
- n. a skillet made of cast iron
- n. predatory arachnid with eight legs, two poison fangs, two feelers, and usually two silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey
"The spider," it is said, "taketh hold with her hands, and is in king's palaces;" and should a man have less perseverance than a _spider?
You know very well that even the word spider freaks me out.
With limbs and tails splayed out in the canopy, the monkeys often look as though they have five limbs - thus the name spider monkey.
Surprisingly, the term spider is American in origin, according to both sides of the Atlantic: The Dictionary of Americanisms (1951) and The Oxford Dictionary agree.
This spider is about the size of a Black Widow in body length, has a leg span of 20-30 millimeters (1 inch) and has a violin-shaped marking on its back.
Little Miss Muffet, a spider drops down next to her so naturally the spider is the evil one and Miss Muffet is the victim, lets feel sorry for her.
After that, we set up what we call a spider site, a website, and leaked it to certain persons that were close to Patrick to see if we could get a reaction from them or how they would react.
A new report by Swiss senator Dick Marty says the CIA orchestrated what he calls a spider web of transfer sites throughout Europe with secret detention centers in Poland and Romania.
Some may have only subtle physical changes, such as red palms, red spots that blanch on their upper body which we call spider angioma or fibrosis of tendons in the palms.
Struggling with poverty and hunger, shoplifting to feed his younger sister and himself, enduring beatings by two stepfathers and fighting back against two separate sexual predators are all part of what he calls the "spider web" of his life, each thread building on the last.