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Definition of Insect


  1. One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
  2. Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
  3. Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
  4. Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
  5. Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
  6. Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.

Insect Quotations

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.
Mary Astell

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
Honore de Balzac

Music as background to me becomes like a mosquito, an insect. In the studio we have big speakers, and to me that's the way music should be listened to. When I listen to music, I want to just listen to music.
David Lynch

I can't stop moving. I'm like this weird insect. I can't sit still in real life.
Robin Wright
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Insect Translations

insect in Dutch is insekt
insect in French is insecte
insect in German is Insekt
insect in Hungarian is rovar
insect in Italian is insetto
insect in Norwegian is insekt, insekt
insect in Portuguese is inseto, insecto
insect in Spanish is insecto
insect in Swedish is insekt
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