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WORM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does worm mean? 

WORM (noun)
  The noun WORM has 4 senses:

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
3. a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network
4. screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack

  Familiarity information: WORM used as a noun is uncommon.


WORM (verb)
  The verb WORM has 1 sense:

1. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

  Familiarity information: WORM used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WORM (noun)


Sense 1worm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("worm" is a kind of...):

invertebrate (any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "worm"):

helminth; parasitic worm (worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes)

annelid; annelid worm; segmented worm (worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally)

nematode; nematode worm; roundworm (unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic)

beard worm; pogonophoran (slender animal with tentacles and a tubelike outer covering; lives on the deep ocean bottom)

nemertean; nemertine; proboscis worm; ribbon worm (soft unsegmented marine worms that have a threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract)

flatworm; platyhelminth (parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body)

arrowworm; chaetognath (any worm of the Chaetognatha; transparent marine worm with horizontal lateral and caudal fins and a row of movable curved spines at each side of the mouth)

acanthocephalan; spiny-headed worm (any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines)

woodworm (a larva of a woodborer)


Sense 2worm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

dirt ball; worm; louse; insect

Hypernyms ("worm" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)


Sense 3worm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers

Hypernyms ("worm" is a kind of...):

malevolent program (a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects)


Sense 4worm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("worm" is a kind of...):

screw (a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head)

Holonyms ("worm" is a part of...):

worm gear (gear consisting of a shaft with screw thread (the worm) that meshes with a toothed wheel (the worm wheel); changes the direction of the axis of rotary motion)


WORM (verb)


Sense 1worm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

squirm; twist; worm; wriggle; writhe; wrestle

Context examples:

The prisoner writhed in discomfort / The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace

Hypernyms (to "worm" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "worm"):

wrench (make a sudden twisting motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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