worm meaning

[ wə:m ] Pronunciation:   "worm" in a sentence
  • Noun: worm  wurm
    1. 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. A person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
      - louse[2], insect, dirt ball 
    3. 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. Screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
    Verb: worm  wurm
    1. To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
      - writhe, wrestle, wriggle, squirm, twist

    Derived forms: wormed, worming, worms

    See also: wormy

    Type of: disagreeable person, invertebrate, malevolent program, move, screw, unpleasant person

    Part of: worm gear

    Encyclopedia: Worm Worm, Your Honor Worm, parcel and serve

  • [American slang]
    1. Fig. to wiggle out of something or some place. (Fig. on the image of a worm working its way out of a very small space.)
      Somehow she managed to worm her way out of the handcuffs.
       Frank wormed out of the opening.
      He struggled and struggled and wormed out.
    2. Fig. to manipulate oneself out of a job or responsibility.
      Don't try to worm yourself out of this affair. It is your fault!
      You can't worm out of this.

  • [Defence]
    write once read many

  • [Design engineering]
    "A shank having at least one complete tooth (thread) around the pitch surface, the driver of a worm gear."

  • [Electronics]
    A cylindrical gear whose spiral “teeth” resemble a screw thread.


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  1. the worms have perforated the mucosa to suck blood.
  2. this tree has been eaten hollow by worms.
  3. these worms are placed in dilute salt solutions.
  4. "the early bird catches the worm ."
  5. worms reject the finer particles when feeding.

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