Meaning of “spider” in the English Dictionary

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"spider" in British English

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spidernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspaɪ.dər/ us /ˈspaɪ.dɚ/

B1 a small creature with eight thin legs that catches insects in a web (= a net made from sticky threads):

We watched the spider spin its web.

More examples

  • The spider crept up the wall.
  • Don't be such a ponce! Pick the spider up - it won't hurt you!
  • The spider preys on small flies and other insects.
  • A spider landed on her pillow and she screamed.
  • She let out a squeak of fright at the sight of the spider.

(Definition of “spider” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spider" in American English

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spidernoun [ C ]

us /ˈspɑɪ·dər/

a small creature that looks like an insect with eight thin legs

(Definition of “spider” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)