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Meaning of SPIDER

Pronunciation:  'spIdur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  predatory arachnid that usually has silk-spinning organs at the back end of the body; they spin silk to make cocoons for eggs or traps for prey
  2. [n]  a skillet made of cast iron
  3. [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

SPIDER is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: wanderer
 See Also: arachnid, arachnoid, Aranea diademata, Araneae, Araneida, Araneus cavaticus, Argiope aurantia, barn spider, black and gold garden spider, black widow, comb-footed spider, computer program, computer programme, frying pan, frypan, garden spider, hunting spider, Latrodectus mactans, order Araneae, order Araneida, program, programme, skillet, tarantula, theridiid, trap-door spider, wolf spider



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spi"der\, n.[OE. spi[thorn]re, fr. AS. spinnan to spin;
-- so named from spinning its web; cf. D. spin a spider, G.
spinne, Sw. spindel. Seee {Spin}.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) 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

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
      {Saltigrad[ae]}), the wolf spiders, or {Citigrad[ae]}
      (see under {Wolf}), the crab spiders, or
      {Laterigrad[ae]} (see under {Crab}), the garden, or
      geometric, spiders, or {Orbitell[ae]} (see under
      {Geometrical}, and {Garden}), and others. See {Bird
      spider}, under {Bird}, {Grass spider}, under {Grass},
      {House spider}, under {House}, {Silk spider}, under

2. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

{Spider ant}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Solitary ant}, under

{Spider crab} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
   maioid crabs having a more or less triangular body and ten
   long legs. Some of the species grow to great size, as the
   great Japanese spider crab ({Macrocheira Kempferi}),
   measuring sometimes more than fifteen feet across the legs
   when they are extended.

{Spider fly} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
   parasitic dipterous insects of the family
   {Hippoboscid[ae]}. They are mostly destitute of wings, and
   live among the feathers of birds and the hair of bats.
   Called also {bird tick}, and {bat tick}.

{Spider hunter} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
   East Indian sunbirds of the genus {Arachnothera}.

{Spider lines}, filaments of a spider's web crossing the
   field of vision in optical instruments; -- used for
   determining the exact position of objects and making
   delicate measurements. Fine wires, silk fibers, or lines
   on glass similarly placed, are called spider lines.

{Spider mite}. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) Any one of several species of parasitic mites of the
       genus {Argas} and allied genera. See {Argas}.
   (b) Any one of numerous small mites injurious to plants.

{Spider monkey} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
   South American monkeys of the genus {Ateles}, having very
   long legs and a long prehensile tail.

{Spider orchis} (Bot.), a European orchidaceous plant
   ({Ophrys aranifera}), having flowers which resemble

{Spider shell} (Zo["o]l.), any shell of the genus
   {Pteroceras}. See {Pteroceras}.

Computing Dictionary

(Or "robot", "crawler") A program that automatically explores the world-wide web by retrieving a document and recursively retrieving some or all the documents that are referenced in it. This is in contrast with a normal web browser operated by a human that doesn't automatically follow links other than inline images and url redirection.

The algorithm used to pick which references to follow strongly depends on the program's purpose. index-building spiders usually retrieve a significant proportion of the references. The other extreme is spiders that try to validate the references in a set of documents; these usually do not retrieve any of the links apart from redirections.

The standard for robot exclusion is designed to avoid some problems with spiders.

Early examples were lycos and webcrawler.


Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a spider in your dream indicates that you are feeling like an outsider in some situation. Or that you may want to keep your distance and stay away from an alluring and tempting situation. The spider is also symbolic of feminine power. Alternatively, a spider may refer to a powerful force protecting you against your self-destructive behavior. If you kill a spider, it symbolizes misfortune and general bad luck. Seeing a spider spinning a web in your dream means that you will be rewarded for your hard work. You will soon find yourself promoted in your job or recognized for your achievement in a difficult task. Spiders are a symbol of creativity due to the intricate webs they spin. On a negative note, spiders may indicate a feeling of being entangled or trapped in a sticky or clingy relationship. It represents some ensnaring and controlling force. You may feel that someone or some situation is sucking the life right out of you. Seeing a spider climbing up a wall in your dream indicates that your desires will be soon be realized. Dreaming that you are bitten by a spider, represents a conflict with your mother or some dominant female figure in your life. The dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or the feminine power to possess and entrap. Perhaps you are feeling trapped by some relationship.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The trust of the hypocrite is compared to the spider's web or house (Job 8:14). It is said of the wicked by Isaiah that they "weave the spider's web" (59:5), i.e., their works and designs are, like the spider's web, vain and useless. The Hebrew word here used is _'akkabish_, "a swift weaver."

In Prov. 30:28 a different Hebrew word (semamith) is used. It is rendered in the Vulgate by stellio, and in the Revised Version by "lizard." It may, however, represent the spider, of which there are, it is said, about seven hundred species in Palestine.