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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wormwɜrm(n.)

  1. any of numerous long, slender, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates, including the roundworms, platyhelminths, acanthocephalans, nemerteans, horsehair worms, and annelids.

    Category: Zoology

  2. (loosely) any of numerous small creeping animals with more or less slender, elongated bodies, and without limbs or with very short ones.

    Category: Zoology

  3. something resembling or suggesting a worm in appearance, movement, etc.

  4. a groveling, abject, or contemptible person.

    Category: Informal

  5. the thread of a screw.

    Category: Machinery

  6. a rotating cylinder or shaft, cut with one or more helical threads, that engages with and drives a worm gear.

    Category: Machinery

  7. something that penetrates, injures, or consumes slowly or insidiously.

  8. worms, (used with a sing. v.) any disease or disorder arising from the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines or other tissues; helminthiasis.

    Category: Pathology, Veterinary Science

  9. the lytta of a dog or other carnivorous animal.

    Category: Zoology

  10. computer code planted illegally in a software program so as to destroy data in any system that downloads the program, as by reformatting the hard disk.

    Category: Computers

  11. (v.i.)to move or act like a worm; creep, crawl, or advance slowly, stealthily, or insidiously.

  12. (v.t.)to cause to move in a devious or stealthy manner:

    a thief worming his hand into a coat pocket.

  13. to get by persistent, insidious efforts (usu. fol. by out or from):

    to worm a secret out of someone.

  14. to insinuate (oneself or one's way) into another's favor, confidence, etc.:

    He wormed his way into the king's favor.

  15. to free from worms:

    to worm puppies.

  16. Naut. to wind yarn or the like spirally round (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth.

    Category: Nautical

Origin of worm:

bef. 900; ME; OE wyrm dragon, serpent, worm, c. OS, OHG wurm, ON ormr, Go waurms; akin to L vermis

worm′er(n.)

WORMwürm(n.)

  1. write once, read many (times): a technology that allows data to be written onto an optical disc only once.

    Category: Computers

Princeton's WordNet

  1. worm(noun)

    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. worm, louse, insect, dirt ball(noun)

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

  3. worm(noun)

    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"

  4. worm(verb)

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

  5. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. worm(noun)ˈɝm

    an earthworm

    ***Worms come out in the rain.

  2. wormˈɝm

    a short thin creature that will become an insect

    a little green worm, eating the leaf

Wiktionary

  1. worm(Noun)

    A generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.

  2. worm(Noun)

    A contemptible or devious being.

    Don't try to run away, you little worm!

  3. worm(Noun)

    A self-replicating program that propagates widely through a network.

  4. worm(Noun)

    A graphical representation of the total runs scored in an innings.

  5. worm(Noun)

    Anything helical, especially the thread of a screw.

  6. worm(Noun)

    A dragon or mythological serpent.

  7. worm(Noun)

    An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.

    The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul! uE000104416uE001 Richard III, William Shakespeare

  8. worm(Verb)

    To make (one's way) with a crawling motion.

    We wormed our way through the underbrush.

  9. worm(Verb)

    To work (one's way or oneself) (into) gradually or slowly; to insinuate.

    He wormed his way into the organization

  10. worm(Verb)

    To obtain information from someone through artful or devious means (usually used with out of)

  11. worm(Verb)

    To fill in the contlines of a rope before parcelling and serving.

    Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.

  12. worm(Verb)

    To deworm an animal.

  13. worm(Verb)

    To move with one's body dragging the ground.

  14. worm(Verb)

    To work one's way by artful or devious means.

  15. Origin: From worm, werm, wurm, wirm, from wyrm ‘snake, worm’, from wurmiz, from wr̥mis (compare Latin vermis '‘worm’, varmas ‘insect, midge’, rrime ‘rainworm’, Ancient Greek ῥόμος ‘woodworm’), possibly from ‘to turn’. First computer usage by John Brunner in his 1975 book The Shockwave Rider.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Worm(noun)

    a creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like

  2. Worm(noun)

    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

  3. Worm(noun)

    any helminth; an entozoon

  4. Worm(noun)

    any annelid

  5. Worm(noun)

    an insect larva

  6. Worm(noun)

    same as Vermes

  7. Worm(noun)

    an internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse

  8. Worm(noun)

    a being debased and despised

  9. Worm(noun)

    anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm

  10. Worm(noun)

    the thread of a screw

  11. Worm(noun)

    a spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms

  12. Worm(noun)

    a certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta

  13. Worm(noun)

    the condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still

  14. Worm(noun)

    a short revolving screw, the threads of which drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing, below

  15. Worm(verb)

    to work slowly, gradually, and secretly

  16. Worm(verb)

    to effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out

  17. Worm(verb)

    to clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 (b)

  18. Worm(noun)

    to cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness

  19. Worm(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Worm

    The term worm refers to an obsolete taxon used by Carolus Linnaeus and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck for all non-arthropod invertebrate animals, and stems from the Old English word wyrm. Currently it is used to describe many different distantly related animals that typically have a long cylindrical tube-like body and no legs. Most animals called "worms" are invertebrates, but the term is also used for the amphibian caecilians and the slow worm Anguis, a legless burrowing lizard. Invertebrate animals commonly called "worms" include annelids, nematodes, platyhelminthes, marine polychaete worms, marine nemertean worms, marine Chaetognatha, priapulid worms, and insect larvae such as caterpillars, grubs, and maggots. Historical English-speaking cultures have used the terms worm, Wurm, or wyrm to describe carnivorous reptiles, and the related mythical beasts dragons. The term worm can also be used as an insult or pejorative term used towards people to describe a cowardly or weak individual or individual seen as pitiable. Worms vary in size from microscopic to over 1 metre in length for marine polychaete worms, 6.7 metres for the African giant earthworm, Microchaetus, and 55 metres for the marine nemertean worm, Lineus longissimus.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. worm

    [from tapeworm in John Brunner's novel The Shockwave Rider, via XEROX PARC] A program that propagates itself over a network, reproducing itself as it goes. Compare virus. Nowadays the term has negative connotations, as it is assumed that only crackers write worms. Perhaps the best-known example was Robert T. Morris's Great Worm of 1988, a ‘benign’ one that got out of control and hogged hundreds of Suns and VAXen across the U.S. See also cracker, RTM, Trojan horse, ice.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WORM' in Nouns Frequency: #2637


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

worm(verb)

to make (one's way) slowly or secretly

He wormed his way to the front of the crowd.

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