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SPIDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spider mean? 

SPIDER (noun)
  The noun SPIDER has 3 senses:

1. 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. 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
3. a skillet made of cast iron

  Familiarity information: SPIDER used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPIDER (noun)


Sense 1spider [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("spider" is a kind of...):

arachnid; arachnoid (air-breathing arthropods characterized by simple eyes and four pairs of legs)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spider"):

trap-door spider (American spider that constructs a silk-lined nest with a hinged lid)

hunting spider; wolf spider (ground spider that hunts its prey instead of using a web)

tarantula (large hairy tropical spider that can inflict painful but not highly venomous bites)

black widow; Latrodectus mactans (venomous New World spider; the female is black with an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of the abdomen)

comb-footed spider; theridiid (spider having a comb-like row of bristles on each hind foot)

Aranea diademata; garden spider (a spider common in European gardens)

Araneus cavaticus; barn spider (an orange and tan spider with darkly banded legs that spins an orb web daily)

Argiope aurantia; black and gold garden spider (a widely distributed North American garden spider)

orb-weaving spider (a spider that spins a circular (or near circular) web)

Holonyms ("spider" is a member of...):

Araneae; Araneida; order Araneae; order Araneida (spiders)


Sense 2spider [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

spider; wanderer

Hypernyms ("spider" is a kind of...):

computer program; computer programme; program; programme ((computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute)


Sense 3spider [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A skillet made of cast iron

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spider" is a kind of...):

frying pan; frypan; skillet (a pan used for frying foods)


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