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Meaning of BUG

Pronunciation:  bug

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
  2. [n]  general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  3. [n]  insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
  4. [n]  a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
  5. [n]  a fault or defect in a system or machine
  6. [v]  annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  7. [v]  tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
 

BUG is a 3 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: badger, beleaguer, germ, glitch, harass, hemipteran, hemipteron, hemipterous insect, intercept, microbe, pester, tap, tease, wiretap
 
 See Also: backswimmer, bed bug, bedbug, bedevil, chinch, Cimex lectularius, coreid, coreid bug, crucify, defect, dun, eavesdrop, fault, flaw, frustrate, Hemiptera, insect, leaf bug, listen in, lygaeid, lygaeid bug, microorganism, microphone, mike, Notonecta undulata, order Hemiptera, plant bug, rag, torment, true bug

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bug\, n. [OE. bugge, fr. W. bwg, bwgan, hobgoblin,
scarecrow, bugbear. Cf. {Bogey}, {Boggle}.]
1. A bugbear; anything which terrifies. [Obs.]

         Sir, spare your threats: The bug which you would
         fright me with I seek.                --Shak.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A general name applied to various insects
   belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch
   bug, etc.

3. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the genus {Cimex}, especially the
   bedbug ({C. lectularius}). See {Bedbug}.

4. (Zo["o]l.) One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the
   ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle.

5. (Zo["o]l.) One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow
   bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc.

Note: According to present popular usage in England, and
      among housekeepers in America, bug, when not joined
      with some qualifying word, is used specifically for
      bedbug. As a general term it is used very loosely in
      America, and was formerly used still more loosely in
      England. ``God's rare workmanship in the ant, the
      poorest bug that creeps.'' --Rogers (--Naaman). ``This
      bug with gilded wings.'' --Pope.

{Bait bug}. See under {Bait}.

{Bug word}, swaggering or threatening language. [Obs.]
   --Beau. & Fl.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

An unwanted and unintended property of a program or piece of hardware, especially one that causes it to malfunction. Antonym of feature. E.g. "There's a bug in the editor: it writes things out backwards." The identification and removal of bugs in a program is called "debugging".

Admiral grace hopper (an early computing pioneer better known for inventing cobol) liked to tell a story in which a technician solved a glitch in the harvard mark ii machine by pulling an actual insect out from between the contacts of one of its relays, and she subsequently promulgated bug in its hackish sense as a joke about the incident (though, as she was careful to admit, she was not there when it happened). For many years the logbook associated with the incident and the actual bug in question (a moth) sat in a display case at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The entire story, with a picture of the logbook and the moth taped into it, is recorded in the "Annals of the History of Computing", Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1981), pp. 285--286.

The text of the log entry (from September 9, 1947), reads "1545 Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay. First actual case of bug being found". This wording establishes that the term was already in use at the time in its current specific sense - and Hopper herself reports that the term "bug" was regularly applied to problems in radar electronics during WWII.

Indeed, the use of "bug" to mean an industrial defect was already established in Thomas Edison's time, and a more specific and rather modern use can be found in an electrical handbook from 1896 ("Hawkin's New Catechism of Electricity", Theo. Audel & Co.) which says: "The term "bug" is used to a limited extent to designate any fault or trouble in the connections or working of electric apparatus." It further notes that the term is "said to have originated in quadruplex telegraphy and have been transferred to all electric apparatus."

The latter observation may explain a common folk etymology of the term; that it came from telephone company usage, in which "bugs in a telephone cable" were blamed for noisy lines. Though this derivation seems to be mistaken, it may well be a distorted memory of a joke first current among *telegraph* operators more than a century ago!

Actually, use of "bug" in the general sense of a disruptive event goes back to Shakespeare! In the first edition of Samuel Johnson's dictionary one meaning of "bug" is "A frightful object; a walking spectre"; this is traced to "bugbear", a Welsh term for a variety of mythological monster which (to complete the circle) has recently been reintroduced into the popular lexicon through fantasy role-playing games.

In any case, in jargon the word almost never refers to insects. Here is a plausible conversation that never actually happened:

"There is a bug in this ant farm!"

"What do you mean? I don't see any ants in it."

"That's the bug."

[There has been a widespread myth that the original bug was moved to the Smithsonian, and an earlier version of this entry so asserted. A correspondent who thought to check discovered that the bug was not there. While investigating this in late 1990, your editor discovered that the NSWC still had the bug, but had unsuccessfully tried to get the Smithsonian to accept it - and that the present curator of their History of American Technology Museum didn't know this and agreed that it would make a worthwhile exhibit. It was moved to the Smithsonian in mid-1991, but due to space and money constraints has not yet been exhibited. Thus, the process of investigating the original-computer-bug bug fixed it in an entirely unexpected way, by making the myth true! - ESR]

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Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Dreaming of a bug, suggests that you are worried about something. It is symbolic of your anxieties and/or fears. What is literally bugging you? Consider also the popular phrase "bitten by the bug" to imply your strong emotional ties or involvement to some activity/interest/hobby. Alternatively, the bug may be representative of your sexual thoughts.
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
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