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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spi"der
  1. [Zoöl] 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.
  2. [Zoöl] Any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red).
  3. 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.
  4. A trevet to support pans or pots over a fire.
  5. [Mach] 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.

Note: ☞ Spiders are divided into two principal groups: the Dipneumona, having two lungs: and the Tetrapneumona, having four lungs. See Mygale. The former group includes several tribes; as, the jumping spiders (see Saltigradæ), the wolf spiders, or Citigradæsee under Wolf), the crab spiders, or Laterigradæsee under Crab), the garden, or geometric, spiders, or Orbitellæsee under Geometrical, and Garden), and others. See Bird spider, under Bird Grass spider, under Grass House spider, under House Silk spider, under Silk.

Etymology: OE. spiþre, fr. AS. spinnan to spin; -- so named from spinning its web; cf. D. spin a spider, G. spinne, Sw. spindel. See Spin

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  1. 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
  2. A skillet made of cast iron
  3. 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

From Middle English spithre, from Old English spīder, spīþra (“spider”), from Proto-Germanic *spinþrô (“spider", literally, "spinner”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pend-, *(s)pen- (“to pull, stretch, spin”). Cognate with Scots spider (“spider”), West Frisian spin (“spider”), Dutch spin (“spider”), German Spinne (“spider”), Danish spinder (“spinner, spider”), Swedish spindel (“spider”). More at spin.

a spider
  1. Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs to catch prey.
  2. (Internet) A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
  3. (chiefly Australia and New Zealand) A float (drink) made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
  4. (slang) A spindly person.
  5. (slang) A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.
  6. (snooker, billiards) 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.
  7. (cooking, US, Britain, chiefly historical and now dialectal) A cast-iron frying pan with three legs, once common in open-hearth cookery.
  8. (cooking) Implement for moving food in and out of hot oil for deep frying, with a circular metal mesh attached to a long handle.
  9. A part of a crank, to which the chainrings are attached
  10. (slang) Heroin (street drug).
  11. (music) Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.
  12. A skeleton or frame with radiating arms or members, often connected by crosspieces, such 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; or a frame for strengthening a core or mould for a casting.

spider was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Spider

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Spider Girl is a comics character.


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  • When was the first name Spider first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Spider is Thursday, February 2nd, 1956.
  • How unique is the name Spider? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Spider. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Spider: Your name in reverse order is Redips. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reidsp. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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