|1.||wolf spider trap-door spider tarantula See also black widow any predatory silk-producing arachnid of the order Araneae, having four pairs of legs and a rounded unsegmented body consisting of abdomen and cephalothorax|
|2.||any of various similar or related arachnids|
|3.||a hub fitted with radiating spokes or arms that serve to transmit power or support a load|
|4.||agriculture an instrument used with a cultivator to pulverize soil|
|5.||any implement or tool having the shape of a spider|
|6.||nautical a metal frame fitted at the base of a mast to which halyards are tied when not in use|
|7.||any part of a machine having a number of radiating spokes, tines, or arms|
|8.||(Brit) Also called: octopus a cluster of elastic straps fastened at a central point and used to hold a load on a car rack, motorcycle, etc|
|9.||billiards, snooker a rest having long legs, used to raise the cue above the level of the height of the ball|
|10.||angling an artificial fly tied with a hackle and no wings, perhaps originally thought to imitate a spider|
|11.||computing a computer program that is capable of performing sophisticated recursive searches on the internet|
|12.||short for spider phaeton|
|[Old English spīthra; related to Danish spinder, German Spinne; see |
spider spi·der (spī'dər)
Any of numerous arachnids of the order Araneae, having a body divided into a cephalothorax bearing eight legs, two poison fangs, and two feelers and an unsegmented abdomen bearing several spinnerets that produce the silk used to make nests, cocoons, or webs for trapping insects.
An arterial spider.
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.