spider, Also known as bot or crawler. A computer program or programs which seek out and collect information from publicly available websites. Such programs are used by search engines (such as Yahoo!, Google and AltaVista) to visit websites and read their content in order to create entries for the indexes of website addresses maintained by the search engines. They may also be used to collect information from different websites in order to enable users to compare the nature or prices of goods and services offered by various suppliers, or even to collect information on a competitor's promotions.
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  • Crawler — may refer to: Crawler, a person who crawls or creeps along the ground Crawler (band), a British rock band Crawler transporter, a vehicle used to move space vehicles on Earth Web crawler, a computer program that gathers and categorizes information …   Wikipedia

  • crawler — [ krole ] v. intr. <conjug. : 1> • 1931; de crawl ♦ Nager le crawl. Dos crawlé : crawl nagé sur le dos. ● crawler verbe intransitif Nager le crawl. crawler v. intr. Nager le crawl. Pp. adj. Dos crawlé: nage sur le dos, en crawl. crawle …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Crawler — Crawl er (kr?l ?r), n. One who, or that which, crawls; a creeper; a reptile. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crawler —   [dt. »Krabbler«] (Web Robot, Internetroboter, Spider), andere Bezeichnung für einen Web Robot (Roboter), also ein Programm, das autonom das Internet durchsucht und Listen mit Webadressen und Inhalten erzeugt …   Universal-Lexikon

  • crawler — /ˈkrɔlə/ (say krawluh) noun 1. someone or something that crawls. 2. → caterpillar1. 3. an abject flatterer. 4. (usually plural) → rompers. 5. a person who is slow or lazy, or unfit to work. 6. an animal which is docile through temperament, old… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Crawler — Ein Webcrawler (auch Spider) ist ein Computerprogramm, das automatisch das World Wide Web durchsucht und Webseiten analysiert. Webcrawler werden vor allem von Suchmaschinen eingesetzt. Weitere Anwendungen sind das Sammeln von RSS Newsfeeds, E… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Crawler — Robot d indexation Pour les articles homonymes, voir Spider. Un robot d indexation (ou littéralement araignée du Web ; en anglais web crawler ou web spider) est un logiciel qui explore automatiquement le Web. Il est généralement conçu pour… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • crawler — /kraw leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that crawls. 2. Also called crawler tractor. any of various large, heavy vehicles or machines that are propelled on endless belts or tracks, esp. as used in construction. 3. hellgrammite. 4. Often, crawlers.… …   Universalium

  • Crawler — Ein Crawler, auch Spider oder Robot genannt, ist eine Software, die das Netz nach neuen oder aktualisierten Webseiten durchsucht. Robots sind bei Volltext Suchmaschinen im Einsatz, die die gefundenen Seiten nach Stichwörtern in ihre Datenbank… …   Online-Wörterbuch Deutsch-Lexikon

  • crawler — [[t]krɔ͟ːlə(r)[/t]] crawlers N COUNT A crawler is a computer program that visits websites and collects information when you do an Internet search. [COMPUTING] …   English dictionary

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