Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of WORM

Pronunciation:  wurm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
  3. [n]  has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  4. [v]  to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (esp. when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort."; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace."
  5. [v]  move with slow, sinuous movements

WORM is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: dirt ball, insect, louse, squirm, twist, wreathe, wrestle, wriggle, writhe
 See Also: acanthocephalan, annelid, annelid worm, arrowworm, beard worm, chaetognath, disagreeable person, flatworm, helminth, invertebrate, move, nematode, nematode worm, nemertean, nemertine, parasitic worm, platyhelminth, pogonophoran, proboscis worm, ribbon worm, roundworm, screw, segmented worm, spiny-headed worm, unpleasant person, woodworm, worm gear, wrench



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Worm\ (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D.
    worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth.
    wa['u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. {Vermicelli},
    {Vermilion}, {Vermin}.]
    1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a
       serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [Archaic]
             There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his
             hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang
             on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a
             murderer.                             --Tyndale
                                                   (Acts xxviii.
                                                   3, 4).
             'T is slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword,
             whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
             When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm, His
             mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
    2. 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.
       Specifically: (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any helminth; an entozo["o]n.
       (b) Any annelid.
       (c) An insect larva.
       (d) pl. Same as {Vermes}.
    3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts
       one's mind with remorse.
             The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
    4. A being debased and despised.
             I am a worm, and no man.              --Ps. xxii. 6.
    5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm; as:
       (a) The thread of a screw.
                 The threads of screws, when bigger than can be
                 made in screw plates, are called worms. --Moxon.
       (b) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double
           corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
       (c) (Anat.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some
           animals, as the dog; the lytta. See {Lytta}.
       (d) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound
           to economize space. See Illust. of {Still}.
       (e) (Mach.) 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},
    {Worm abscess} (Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation
       resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the
    {Worm fence}. See under {Fence}.
    {Worm gear}. (Mach.)
       (a) A worm wheel.
       (b) Worm gearing.
    {Worm gearing}, gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel
       working together.
    {Worm grass}. (Bot.)
       (a) See {Pinkroot}, 2
       (a) .
       (b) The white stonecrop ({Sedum album}) reputed to have
           qualities as a vermifuge. --Dr. Prior.
    {Worm oil} (Med.), an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained
       from the seeds of {Chenopodium anthelminticum}.
    {Worm powder} (Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
    {Worm snake}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Thunder snake}
       (b), under {Thunder}.
    {Worm tea} (Med.), an anthelmintic tea or tisane.
    {Worm tincture} (Med.), a tincture prepared from dried
       earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. [Obs.]
    {Worm wheel}, a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the
       spiral spaces of a screw called a worm, so that the wheel
       may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; -- called also
       {worm gear}, and sometimes {tangent wheel}. See Illust. of
       {Worm gearing}, above.
  2. \Worm\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wormed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
          When debates and fretting jealousy Did worm and work
          within you more and more, Your color faded. --Herbert.
  3. \Worm\, v. t.
    1. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and
       secret means; -- often followed by out.
             They find themselves wormed out of all power.
             They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no
             desire to tell.                       --Dickens.
    2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge
       from, as a firearm. See {Worm}, n. 5
       (b) .
    3. 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.
             The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties,
             wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier
             puppies.                              --Sir W.
    4. (Naut.) 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.
             Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are
             served.                               --Totten.
    {To worm one's self into}, to enter into gradually by arts
       and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor.
Computing Dictionary
  1. write-once read-many

  2. (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 the great worm.

    Compare trojan horse.

    [jargon file]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a worm in your dream, represents weakness and general negativity. You have a very low opinion of yourself or of someone in your life. Dreaming that the worm is crawling on your body indicates that you feel someone around you is taking advantage of your and feeding off your kind heartedness.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. sas (Isa. 51:8), denotes the caterpillar of the clothes-moth.

(2.) The manna bred worms (tola'im), but on the Sabbath there was not any worm (rimmah) therein (Ex. 16:20, 24). Here these words refer to caterpillars or larvae, which feed on corrupting matter.

These two Hebrew words appear to be interchangeable (Job 25:6; Isa. 14:11). Tola'im in some places denotes the caterpillar (Deut. 28:39; Jonah 4:7), and rimmah, the larvae, as bred from putridity (Job 17:14; 21:26; 24:20). In Micah 7:17, where it is said, "They shall move out of their holes like worms," perhaps serpents or "creeping things," or as in the Revised Version, "crawling things," are meant.

The word is used figuratively in Job 25:6; Ps. 22:6; Isa. 41:14; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Isa. 66:24.