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[edited by: rogerd at 8:38 pm (utc) on Aug. 25, 2005]
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But keep in mind that the fact that they'll display the contents of that tag under some circumstances doesn't necessarily mean that it's used in determining rankings.
I'd also point out for the sake of using an accurate lexicon that the only meta tag that's relevant to "spiders" is the robots meta (and similar proprietary tags like Google's "googlebot" meta tag). Google is a search engine, not a spider. :)
Google uses it (snippets of meta description) in the description if the keyword query matches a word in the description. This is important as getting ranked high is one thing, getting the click is also important.