General English


  • noun one of a large group of animals, with two parts to their bodies and eight legs. Class: Arachnida.


  • Device for holding a secondary mirror in place in a reflecting telescope, so called for its shape which involves several arms with a round body at the centre

Cars & Driving

  • noun a roadster with more amenities, such as doors, windows, boot, folding top (unlined); may also have two emergency rear seats, power steering, electric windows, etc.
  • noun a central crosspiece linking the two yokes of a universal joint
  • noun a cross-shaped wheel spanner with a different-sized box socket head on each of the four legs


  • noun a program that searches through the millions of pages that make up the world wide web for new information, changes or pages that have been deleted. These changes are then added to a search engine index to ensure that it is always up to date.


  • A program which searches Web sites and organizes the located information. Also called crawler, Web crawler, or bot (2).
  • In a speaker, a component which holds the voice coil and/or the rear of the diaphragm near the magnet, without letting them touch. A spider is also connected to the basket, for support, and helps, for instance, to return the speaker to its rest position when no signal is present.
  • A device, object, arrangement, mechanism, or movement which is similar in any manner to spiders. For example, a hub with radial spokes.


  • A shallow circle of steel mesh with the appearance of a spider’s web about 20 cm in diameter with a metal handle used for collecting deep-fried food, especially fritters and any food in batter, from the oil or fat

Information & Library Science

  • noun a computer program that searches the Internet for newly accessible information to be added to the index examined by a standard search tool

Media Studies

  • noun a piece of equipment for locking the three legs of a tripod in place.

Origin & History of “spider”

The spider is etymologically the ‘spinner’. Its name goes back to a primitive Old English *spinthron, a derivative of the verb spinnan ‘spin’. The inspiration is the same, and much more obvious, behind other Germanic words for ‘spider’, such as German spinne, Dutch spinner, Swedish spindel, and Danish spinder.