spider
noun Etymology: Middle English spyder, alteration of spithre; akin to Old English spinnan to spin Date: 15th century 1. any of an order (Araneae syn. Araneida) of arachnids having the abdomen usually unsegmented and constricted at the base, chelicerae modified into poison fangs, and two or more pairs of abdominal spinnerets for spinning threads of silk for various uses (as in making cocoons for their eggs or webs to catch prey) 2. a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth 3. any of various devices consisting of a frame or skeleton with radiating arms or members • spiderish adjectivespiderlike adjective

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  • Spider — 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. See {Spin}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spider — [ spidɛr ] n. m. • 1877; mot angl. « araignée », à cause des hautes roues et des sièges surélevés ♦ Anciennt 1 ♦ Voiture hippomobile décapotable, à quatre roues, proche du phaéton. 2 ♦ (1930) Coffre aménagé à l arrière d un cabriolet automobile… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Spider — (englisch für „Spinne“) steht für: Alfa Romeo Spider, ein Cabriolet Spider Krater, ein Einschlagkrater in Westaustralien Spider (Film), Film von David Cronenberg WWW Suchprogramme, siehe Webcrawler Spider (Patience), Patience Variation, siehe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • spider — O.E. spiþra, from P.Gmc. *spenthro (Cf. Dan. spinder), from *spenwanan to spin (see SPIN (Cf. spin)). The connection with the root is more transparent in other Germanic cognates (Cf. M.L.G., M.Du., M.H.G., Ger. spinne, Du. spin spider ). In… …   Etymology dictionary

  • spider — spíder s. n., pl. spídere Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  SPÍDER s.n. Loc amenajat într un automobil de sport, în spatele scaunelor, pentru a plasa bagaje sau, eventual, pasageri. [< fr. spider]. Trimis de… …   Dicționar Român

  • SPIDER — (Heb. עַכָּבִישׁ, akkavish). Isaiah (59:5–6) compares the evil designs of those who plot against the righteous to the webs which the spider spins to trap insects, while Job (8:14–15) compares the house of the wicked to the spider s fragile web.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Spider —    Drame de David Cronenberg d après le roman de Patrick McGrath, avec Ralph Fiennes (Spider), Bradley Hall (Spider enfant), Gabriel Byrne (Bill), Miranda Richardson, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville.   Pays: Canada   Date de sortie: 2001   Technique …   Dictionnaire mondial des Films

  • spider — ► NOUN 1) an eight legged predatory arachnid with an unsegmented body consisting of a fused head and thorax and a rounded abdomen, most kinds of which spin webs in which to capture insects. 2) Billiards & Snooker a long legged rest for a cue that …   English terms dictionary

  • spider — spider, Also known as bot or crawler. A computer program or programs which seek out and collect information from publicly available websites. Such programs are used by search engines (such as Yahoo!, Google and AltaVista) to visit websites and… …   Law dictionary

  • Spider — (engl., spr. ßpaider, »Spinne«), vierräderiger, hochgebauter Selbstfahrer für Damen, mit bockartigem verdeckten Sitzplatz; Sepider Phaethon ohne Verdeck, Selbstfahrer für Herren …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Spider — Spider,der:⇨Kabrio[lett] …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

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