Definition of Worm in English :

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Worm meaning in English

Meaning of Worm in English

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1. worm

any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae

2. dirt ball, insect, louse, worm

a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect

3. worm

a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network

Example Sentences:
'worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers'

4. worm

screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack


5. squirm, twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe

to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

Example Sentences:
'The prisoner writhed in discomfort'
'The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of worm
any of various invertebrates, esp the annelids (earthworms, etc), nematodes (roundworms), and flatworms, having a slender elongated body
▶ Related adjective: vermicular
any of various insect larvae having an elongated body, such as the silkworm and wireworm
any of various unrelated animals that resemble annelids, nematodes, etc, such as the glow-worm and shipworm
a gnawing or insinuating force or agent that torments or slowly eats away
a wretched or spineless person
anything that resembles a worm in appearance or movement
a shaft on which a helical groove has been cut, as in a gear arrangement in which such a shaft meshes with a toothed wheel
a spiral pipe cooled by air or flowing water, used as a condenser in a still
9.  a nontechnical name for lytta
10. anatomy
any wormlike organ, structure, or part, such as the middle lobe of the cerebellum (vermis cerebelli)
. Technical name: vermis
11. computing
a program that duplicates itself many times in a network and prevents its destruction. It often carries a logic bomb or virus
to move, act, or cause to move or act with the slow sinuous movement of a worm
13. (foll by in, into, out of, etc)
to make (one's way) slowly and stealthily; insinuate (oneself)
14. (tr; often foll by out of or from)
to extract (information, a secret, etc) from by persistent questioning
15. (transitive)
to free from or purge of worms
16. (transitive) nautical
to wind yarn around (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth for parcelling and serving
noun acronym for
write once read many times: an optical disk that enables users to store data but not change it

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see synonyms of worm
any of many slender, soft-bodied animals, some segmented, that live by burrowing underground, in water, or as parasites, including the annelids, nemerteans, nematodes, platyhelminths, acanthocephalans, and gordian worms
2.  Popularly
an insect larva, as a caterpillar, grub, or maggot
any of several mollusks, as the shipworms
any of various wormlike animals, as a rotifer or a blindworm
d.  Obsolete
a snake, or serpent
an abject, wretched, or contemptible person
something that gnaws or distresses one inwardly, suggesting a parasitic worm
the worm of conscience
something thought of as being wormlike because of its spiral shape, etc.
; specif.,
the thread of a screw
the coil of a still
an Archimedean screw or similar apparatus
a short, rotating screw that meshes with the teeth of a worm gear or a rack
6.  Anatomy
any organ or part resembling a worm, as the vermiform process
7.  Computing
an unauthorized, disruptive program, typically spread through communication lines, that creates copies of itself, thereby depleting a disk's or system's available memory
cf. virus (sense 4)
8.  [pl.]; Medicine
any disease or disorder caused by the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines, etc.
9.  Zoology
verb intransitive
to move, proceed, etc. like a worm, in a winding, creeping, or devious manner
verb transitive
to bring about, make, etc. in a winding, creeping, or devious manner
to worm one's way through a tunnel
to insinuate (oneself) into a situation, conversation, etc.
to extract (information, secrets, etc.) by insinuation, cajolery, or subtle questioning
to purge of intestinal worms
15.  Nautical
to wind yarn or small rope around (a rope or cable), filling the spaces between the strands
16.  US
to rid (tobacco plants) of worms or grubs

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of worm
Computers write once, read many
1. Any of various invertebrates, especially an annelid, flatworm, nematode, or nemertean, having a long, flexible, rounded or flattened body, often without obvious appendages.
2. Any of various crawling insect larvae, such as a grub or a caterpillar, having a soft elongated body.
3. Any of various other animals, such as a shipworm or a slowworm, having a long slender limbless body.
a. Something, such as the thread of a screw or the spiral condenser in a still, that resembles a worm in form or appearance.
b. The spirally threaded shaft of a worm gear.
5. An insidiously tormenting or devouring force: “felt the black worm of treachery growing in his heart” (Mario Puzo).
6. A person regarded as pitiable or contemptible.
7. worms Medicine Infestation of the intestines or other parts of the body with parasitic worms; helminthiasis.
8. Computers A malicious program that replicates itself until it fills all of the storage space on a drive or network.
v. wormed, worm·ing, worms
v. tr.
1. To make (one's way) with the sinuous crawling motion of a worm.
2. To work (one's way or oneself) subtly or gradually; insinuate: She wormed her way into his confidence.
3. To elicit by artful or devious means. Usually used with out of: wormed a confession out of the suspect.
4. To treat for intestinal worms: wormed the dog.
5. Nautical To wrap yarn or twine spirally around (rope).
v. intr.
1. To move in a manner suggestive of a worm.
2. To make one's way by artful or devious means: He can't worm out of this situation.

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