Definitions for insectˈɪn sɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•sectˈɪn sɛkt(n.)

  1. any animal of the class Insecta, comprising small, air-breathing arthropods having the body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), and having two antennae, three pairs of legs, and usu. two pairs of wings.

    Category: Entomology

  2. any small arthropod, such as a spider, tick, or centipede, having a superficial, general similarity to members of the class Insecta.

    Category: Entomology

  3. a contemptible or unimportant person.

  4. (adj.)of, pertaining to, like, or used for or against insects:

    an insect bite; insect powder.

Origin of insect:

1595–1605; < L insecāre to incise, cut (cf. segment ); trans. of Gk éntomon insect, lit., notched or incised one; see entomo -

in`sec•ti′val-ˈtaɪ vəl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. insect(noun)

    small air-breathing arthropod

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

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. insect(noun)ˈɪn sɛkt

    a small creature with six legs and wings

    butterflies, mosquitoes, and other insects

Wiktionary

  1. insect(Noun)

    An arthropod in the class Insecta, characterized by six legs, up to four wings, and a chitinous exoskeleton.

    Our shed has several insect infestions, including ants, yellowjackets, and wasps.

  2. insect(Noun)

    Any small arthropod similar to an insect including spiders, centipedes, millipedes, etc

    The swamp is swarming with every sort of insect.

  3. insect(Noun)

    A contemptible or powerless person.

    The manageru2019s assistant was the worst sort of insect.

  4. Origin: From insectum, from perfect passive partciple of inseco, from in- + seco, from the notion that the insect's body is "cut into" three sections. Calque of Ancient Greek ἔντομον, from ἔντομος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insect(noun)

    one of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta

  2. Insect(noun)

    any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion

  3. Insect(noun)

    any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates

  4. Insect(noun)

    fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing

  5. Insect(adj)

    of or pertaining to an insect or insects

  6. Insect(adj)

    like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral

Freebase

  1. Insect

    Insects are a class of invertebrates within the arthropod phylum that have a chitinous exoskeleton, a three-part body, three pairs of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. They are among the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, including more than a million described species and representing more than half of all known living organisms. The number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million, and potentially represent over 90% of the differing animal life forms on Earth. Insects may be found in nearly all environments, although only a small number of species reside in the oceans, a habitat dominated by another arthropod group, crustaceans. The life cycles of insects vary, but most insects hatch from eggs. Insect growth is constrained by the inelastic exoskeleton and development involves a series of molts. The immature stages can differ from the adults in structure, habit and habitat, and can include a passive pupal stage in those groups that undergo complete metamorphosis. Insects that undergo incomplete metamorphosis lack a pupal stage and adults develop through a series of nymphal stages. The higher level relationship of the hexapoda is unclear. Fossilized insects of enormous size have been found from the Paleozoic Era, including giant dragonflies with wingspans of 55 to 70 cm. The most diverse insect groups appear to have coevolved with flowering plants.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'insect' in Nouns Frequency: #1765


Translations for insect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

insect(noun)

any of many kinds of small six-legged creatures with wings and a body divided into sections

We were bothered by flies, wasps and other insects.

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