meaning of worm

1. 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.
Any annelid.
An insect larva.
Same as Vermes.
An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts ones 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.
WORM Write-Once Read-Many worm security> From "Tapeworm" in John Brunners 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 the Great Worm. Compare Trojan horse. [Jargon File]
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

Related Words

worm | worm family | worm fence | worm fish | worm gear | worm genus | worm lizard | worm salamander | worm snake | worm wheel | worm-eaten | worm-shaped | worm-shell | wormal | wormcast | wormed | wormhole | wormian | wormian bone | wormil | worming | wormlike | wormling | wormseed | wormseed mustard | wormul | wormwood | wormwood oil | wormwood sage | wormy |

Developed & Maintained By

Treasure Words