SPI'DER, n. [I know not from what source this word is derived.] The common name of the insects of the genus Aranea, remarkable for spinning webs for taking their prey and forming a convenient habitation, and for the deposit of their food. The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
SPI'DER, n. [I know not from what source this word is derived.]
- The common name of the animals of the family Araneids, of the class Arachnids, some of which are remarkable for spinning webs for taking their prey and forming a convenient habitation, and for the deposit of their food.
The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine! – Pope.
- A kitchen utensil, somewhat resembling a spider.
- A trevet to support vessels over a fire.
- 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
- Any one of various
other arachnids resembling the true spiders, especially certain mites,
as the red spider (see under Red).
- 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.
- A trevet to support pans or pots over a
- 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.