|1.||any of various invertebrates, esp the annelids (earthworms, etc), nematodes (roundworms), and flatworms, having a slender elongated bodyRelated: vermicular|
|2.||any of various insect larvae having an elongated body, such as the silkworm and wireworm|
|3.||any of various unrelated animals that resemble annelids, nematodes, etc, such as the glow-worm and shipworm|
|4.||a gnawing or insinuating force or agent that torments or slowly eats away|
|5.||a wretched or spineless person|
|6.||anything that resembles a worm in appearance or movement|
|7.||a shaft on which a helical groove has been cut, as in a gear arrangement in which such a shaft meshes with a toothed wheel|
|8.||a spiral pipe cooled by air or flowing water, used as a condenser in a still|
|9.||a nontechnical name for lytta|
|10.||anatomy Technical name: vermis any wormlike organ, structure, or part, such as the middle lobe of the cerebellum (vermis cerebelli)|
|11.||computing a program that duplicates itself many times in a network and prevents its destruction. It often carries a logic bomb or virus|
|—vb (foll by in, into, out of, |
|12.||to move, act, or cause to move or act with the slow sinuous movement of a worm|
|13.||to make (one's way) slowly and stealthily; insinuate (oneself)|
|15.||(tr) to free from or purge of worms|
|16.||(tr) nautical to wind yarn around (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth for parcelling and serving|
|[Old English wyrm; related to Old Frisian wirm, Old High German wurm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms, Latin vermis, Greek romos woodworm]|
Any of various invertebrates, as those of the phyla Annelida, Nematoda, Nemertea, or Platyhelminthes, having a long, flexible, rounded or flattened body, often without obvious appendages.
Any of various crawling insect larvae, such as a grub or a caterpillar, having a soft, elongated body.
Any of various unrelated animals, such as the shipworm or the slowworm, resembling a worm in habit or appearance.
worms Infestation of the intestines or other parts of the body with worms or wormlike parasites; helminthiasis.
|worm (wûrm) Pronunciation Key
Our Living Language : Earthworms are one of many types of worms, including those of the flat and round species. Over a century ago, Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms and wrote The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on Their Habits, an entire book that described his research on earthworm behavior and intelligence and further explained how important earthworms are to agriculture. "Long before [the plow] existed," he wrote, "the land was, in fact, regularly plowed and still continues to be thus plowed by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world." Darwin was referring to the way that earthworms naturally mix and till soil, while both improving its structure and increasing its nutrients. As they tunnel in the soil, earthworms open channels that allow in air and water, improving drainage and easing the way for plants to send down roots; they also carry nutrients from deep soils to the surface. Earthworms eat plant material in the soil, decaying leaves, and leaf litter, and their own waste provides nourishment for plants and other organisms. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen, an important plant nutrient. It is estimated that each year earthworms in one acre of land move 18 or more tons of soil.
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(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.