worm hole


a hole made by a burrowing or gnawing worm, as in timber, nuts, etc.
a theoretical passageway in space between a black hole and a white hole.

1585–95; worm + hole

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wormhole (ˈwɜːmˌhəʊl)
1.  a hole made by a worm in timber, plants, etc
2.  physics a tunnel in the geometry of space--time postulated to connect different parts of the universe

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1593, "hole made by a burrowing insect" (in fruit, etc.), from worm + hole. Astrophysics sense is attested from 1957.
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wormhole   (wûrm'hōl')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A hole made by a burrowing worm.

  2. A theoretical distortion of space-time that would link points in space through a second set of paths, some of which could be shorter than the shortest path without the wormhole. It is not known whether workholes are possible. See more at space-time.

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/werm'hohl/ n. [from the `wormhole' singularities hypothesized in some versions of General Relativity theory]
1. [n.,obs.] A location in a monitor which contains the address of a routine, with the specific intent of making it easy to substitute a different routine. This term is now obsolescent; modern operating systems use clusters of wormholes extensively (for modularization of I/O handling in particular, as in the Unix device-driver organization) but the preferred techspeak for these clusters is `device tables', `jump tables' or `capability tables'.
2. [Amateur Packet Radio] A network path using a commercial satellite link to join two or more amateur VHF networks. So called because traffic routed through a wormhole leaves and re-enters the amateur network over great distances with usually little clue in the message routing header as to how it got from one relay to the other. Compare gopher hole (sense 2).
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