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Definition of Spider

Spider

  1. Any one of numerous species of arachnids comprising the order Araneina. Spiders have the mandibles converted into poison fangs, or falcers. The abdomen is large and not segmented, with two or three pairs of spinnerets near the end, by means of which they spin threads of silk to form cocoons, or nests, to protect their eggs and young. Many species spin also complex webs to entrap the insects upon which they prey. The eyes are usually eight in number (rarely six), and are situated on the back of the cephalothorax. See Illust. under Araneina.
  2. Any one of various other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites, as the red spider (see under Red).
  3. An iron pan with a long handle, used as a kitchen utensil in frying food. Originally, it had long legs, and was used over coals on the hearth.
  4. A trevet to support pans or pots over a fire.
  5. A skeleton, or frame, having radiating arms or members, often connected by crosspieces; 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; a frame for strengthening a core or mold for a casting, etc.

Spider Quotations

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
Pablo Picasso

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
Honore de Balzac

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
William Blake

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Virginia Woolf

It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.
John Keats
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Spider Translations

spider in Danish is edderkop
spider in Dutch is spinnekop, spin
spider in German is Spinne
spider in Italian is ragno
spider in Norwegian is edderkopp
spider in Portuguese is aranha
spider in Swedish is spindel

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