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Worm meaning

worm - 20 dictionary results

  1. 1. a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network; " worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers"
  2. 2. a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  3. 3. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, ( especially when struggling); " The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; " The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
  4. 4. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like.
  5. 5. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely without feet, or with very short ones, including a great variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
  6. 6. Any helminth; an entozoon.
  7. 7. Any annelid.
  8. 8. An insect larva.
  9. 9. Same as Vermes.
  10. 10. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
  11. 11. A being debased and despised.
  12. 12. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
  13. 13. The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
  14. 14. To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
  15. 15. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 ( b).
  16. 16. To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope.
  17. 17. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; - often followed by out.
  18. 18. Small creeping boneless animal: grub: reptile: spiral pipe: thread of a screw.
  19. 19. To gain by slow and secret means.
  20. 20. To work slowly and secretly.

worm - examples of usage

  1. The steps were worm- eaten and worn. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. The symptoms caused by this parasite are very similar to those produced by the twisted stomach worm. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. He determined to make himself acquainted with this book- worm, and find out who and what he was. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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