Meaning of SPIDER in English


I. ˈspīdə(r) noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English spyder, alteration of spithre; akin to Old English spinnan to spin — more at spin


a. : an animal of the order Araneida

b. : any of various other arthropods (as a pycnogonid) especially of the class Arachnida that resemble the true spiders — usually used with a qualifying term; see red spider

2. : one felt to resemble a spider (as in appearance or in scheming)

3. : a cast-iron frying pan originally made with short feet to stand among coals on the hearth

4. : a metal outrigger to keep a block clear (as of the mast)

5. : a contrivance consisting of a frame or skeleton having radiating arms or members: as

a. : a frame for strengthening a core or mold in founding

b. : a casting forming the hub and spokes to which the rim of a wheel or pulley is secured

c. : the body or solid hub of a built-up piston

d. : a machine element consisting of a ring with projections outward

e. : a hub with radiating arms interposed between the shaft and the core of a dynamo or motor armature


a. : spider cart

b. : spider phaeton

7. : spider nevus

8. : set gage

9. : an obstruction in the teat of a cow ; especially : a small irregular horny growth following bruises or other irritation

10. often capitalized : a solitaire or patience game played with two packs of cards dealt in a row of ten piles among which the cards are shifted to assemble them in complete suits

11. : the part of a dynamic loudspeaker that properly positions the voice coil relative to the magnet and that usually consists of a flexible fiber ring

12. : a frame on an explosive mine that when pressed detonates the mine

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to crack or shatter in a radiating pattern of thin lines

the wall was … spidered with cracks — A.R.Foff

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