A spider.



  • Any of various eight-legged, predatory arthropods, of the order Araneae, most of which spin webs to catch prey.
  • A program which follows links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.
  • A float made by mixing ice-cream and a soda or fizzy drink (such as lemonade).
  • An alcoholic drink made with brandy and lemonade or ginger beer.
  • A spindly person.
  • A man who persistently approaches or accosts a woman in a public social setting, particularly in a bar.
  • 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.
  • A cast-iron frying pan with three legs, once common in open-hearth cookery.
  • Implement for moving food in and out of hot oil for deep frying, with a circular metal mesh attached to a long handle; a spider skimmer
  • A part of a crank, to which the chainrings are attached.
  • Heroin.
  • Part of a resonator instrument that transmits string vibrations from the bridge to a resonator cone at multiple points.
  • 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.
  • a soft-hackle fly
  • The network of wires separating the areas of a dartboard
  • A spider graph or spider tree
  • A type of light phaeton.
  • A support for a camera tripod, preventing it from sliding.


  • To move like a spider.
  • To cover a surface like a cobweb.
  • To follow links on the World Wide Web in order to gather information.


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  • From Middle English spiþre, spydyr, spider, spiþer, from Old English spīþra, from Proto-West Germanic *spinþrō, from Proto-Germanic *spinnaną ("to spin"). Mostly displaced attercop, now a dialectal term.

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