Retiary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Retiary A retiarius.
    • Retiary (Zoöl) Any spider which spins webs to catch its prey.
    • Retiary Armed with a net; hence, skillful to entangle. "Scholastic retiary versatility of logic."
    • Retiary Constructing or using a web, or net, to catch prey; -- said of certain spiders.
    • Retiary Netlike. "This work is in retiary , or hanging textures."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retiary Net-like.
    • retiary Spinning a web, as a spider; of or pertaining to the Retiariæ.
    • retiary Armed with a net; hence, skilful to entangle.
    • n retiary Same as retiarius.
    • n retiary A retiary spider; a member of the Retiariæ.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Retiary rē′shi-ā-ri net-like: constructing a web to catch prey: provided with a net
    • n Retiary a gladiator who fights with a net—also Retiā′rius
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. retiarius,