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Definition of Worm


  1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like.
  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.
  3. Any helminth; an entozoon.
  4. Any annelid.
  5. An insect larva.
  6. Same as Vermes.
  7. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
  8. A being debased and despised.
  9. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
  10. The thread of a screw.
  11. A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
  12. A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
  13. The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
  14. 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, below.
  15. To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
  16. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out.
  17. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 (b).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.

Worm Quotations

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The early bird gets the worm. The early worm... gets eaten.
Norman Ralph Augustine

The early bird may get the worm, but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.
Jeremy Paxman

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
Georges Bataille

It's hard to know which stars in the sky will turn into black holes. And which ones will open up worm holes into entire new universes.
James Altucher
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Worm Translations

worm in Afrikaans is wurm
worm in Danish is orm
worm in Dutch is worm, wurm
worm in Finnish is mato
worm in French is ver
worm in German is Schraubengewinde, Wurm, Wurm
worm in Italian is baco, verme
worm in Portuguese is sem-fim, bicho
worm in Spanish is gusano
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