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
worm, louse, insect, dirt ball(noun)
a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
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"
screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
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"
A generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.
A contemptible or devious being.
Don't try to run away, you little worm!
A self-replicating program that propagates widely through a network.
A graphical representation of the total runs scored in an innings.
Anything helical, especially the thread of a screw.
A dragon or mythological serpent.
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
To make (one's way) with a crawling motion.
We wormed our way through the underbrush.
To work (one's way or oneself) (into) gradually or slowly; to insinuate.
He wormed his way into the organization
To obtain information from someone through artful or devious means (usually used with out of)
To fill in the contlines of a rope before parcelling and serving.
Worm and parcel with the lay; turn and serve the other way.
To deworm an animal.
To move with one's body dragging the ground.
To work one's way by artful or devious means.
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.
a creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like
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
any helminth; an entozoon
an insect larva
same as Vermes
an internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse
a being debased and despised
anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
the thread of a screw
a spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms
a certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta
the condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still
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
to work slowly, gradually, and secretly
to effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out
to clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 (b)
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
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
Origin: [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. warms, L. vermis, Gr. a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli, Vermilion, Vermin.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wurm, n. a term destitute of scientific precision, but often applied to any one of the members of numerous classes of invertebrate animals which are more or less earthworm-like in appearance, the earthworm, a grub, a maggot: anything spiral: the thread of a screw: the lytta or vermiform cartilage of a dog's tongue: the instrument used to withdraw the charge of a gun: a spiral pipe surrounded by cold water into which steam or vapours pass for condensation in distilling: anything that corrupts, gnaws, or torments: remorse: a debased being, a groveller: (pl.) any intestinal disease arising from the presence of parasitic worms.—v.i. to move like a worm, to squirm: to work slowly or secretly.—v.t. to effect by slow and secret means: to elicit by underhand means: to remove the lytta or vermiform cartilage of a dog's tongue.—n. Worm′-cast, the earth voided by the earthworm.—adjs. Worm′-eat′en, eaten by worms: old: worn-out; Worm′-eat′ing, living habitually on worms; Wormed, bored by worms: injured by worms.—ns. Worm′-fence, a zigzag fence formed of stakes; Worm′-fē′ver, a feverish condition in children ascribed to intestinal worms; Worm′-gear, a gear-wheel having teeth shaped so as to mesh with a worm or shaft on which a spiral is turned, an endless screw; Worm′-gear′ing; Worm′-grass, pink-root: a kind of stonecrop; Worm′-hole, the hole made by a worm.—adj. Worm′-holed, perforated by worm-holes.—ns. Worm′-pow′der, a vermifuge; Worm′-seed, santonica: the treacle mustard; Worm′-wheel, a wheel gearing with an endless screw or worm, receiving or imparting motion.—adj. Wor′my, like a worm: grovelling: containing a worm: abounding with worms: gloomy, dismal, like the grave. [A.S. wyrm, dragon, snake, creeping animal; cog. with Goth. waurms, a serpent, Ice. ormr, Ger. wurm; also with L. vermis.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[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.
A type of animal with a tubular shaped body.
Worms vary in size from microscopic to over 1 metre.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'WORM' in Nouns Frequency: #2637
The numerical value of WORM in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of WORM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.
The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
You might think the best shape changers are kind of like an octopus or a worm or a slug but yet we know that cockroaches can go through these tiny little cracks.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- دُودَة, دُودٌArabic
- негодник, жалко същество, червейBulgarian
- cucCatalan, Valencian
- červ, závitCzech
- чрьвь, ⱍⱃⱐⰲⱐOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- mwydyn, llyngyren, abwydynWelsh
- etwas aus der Nase ziehen, einem alles aus der Nase ziehen, Wurm, Gewinde, Würmer aus der Nase ziehenGerman
- gusano, guirnalda, lombrizSpanish
- har, zizare, arr, beldarBasque
- käärme, jengat, luihu, mato, madella, kierreFinnish
- ver, ramper, remords, vis sans fin, scarabée, vermifuger, s'insinuer, vermine, tirer les vers du nez, infiltrer, dragonFrench
- cruimh, cuiteog, péistIrish
- baoiteag, brùiteag, biastag, durrag, cnuimh, daolag, brutag, boiteagScottish Gaelic
- תתולע, נבזהHebrew
- féreg, kukacHungarian
- ճիճու, ոչնչություն, որդArmenian
- ormur, maðkurIcelandic
- verme, miserabileItalian
- 虫, 虫螻Japanese
- 버러지, 벌레, 짐승Korean
- کرم, kirm, kurmKurdish
- ຂີ້ກະເດືອນ, ຫນອນLao
- kirminas, kirmėlėLithuanian
- toke, nokeMāori
- သန်ကောင်, တီကောင်Burmese
- draad, mormel, zich wurmen, wurm, worm, pier, schroefDutch
- krype, orm, åle, mark, makk, kravleNorwegian
- chʼoshNavajo, Navaho
- czerw, robakPolish
- miserável, patife, vermePortuguese
- vearm, verm, viermRomansh
- balaur, a se târî, vierme, șarpeRomanian
- негодяйка, стерва, червяк, негодяй, глист, червьRussian
- crv, црв, глиста, glistaSerbo-Croatian
- sebokoSouthern Sotho
- mask, kräk, stackareSwedish
- möjek, gurçukTurkmen
- негідник, черв'як, червUkrainian
- con giun, giunVietnamese
- vum, vumemVolapük
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