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wormhole

[wurm-hohl] /ˈwɜrmˌhoʊl/
noun
1.
a hole made by a burrowing or gnawing worm, as in timber, nuts, etc.
2.
a theoretical passageway in space between a black hole and a white hole.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; worm + hole
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British Dictionary definitions for worm hole

wormhole

/ˈwɜːmˌhəʊl/
noun
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
Derived Forms
wormholed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for worm hole

wormhole

n.

1590s, "hole made by a burrowing insect" (in fruit, etc.), from worm (n.) + hole (n.). Astrophysics sense is attested from 1957.

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worm hole in Science
wormhole
  (wûrm'hōl')   
  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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Slang definitions & phrases for worm hole

wormhole

noun phrase

An unauthorized way into a computer system: an unknown hacker burrowed electronically through a ''worm hole'' of the World Wide Web (late 1980s+ Computer)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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