• WordNet 3.6
    • n infestation a swarm of insects that attack plants "a plague of grasshoppers"
    • n infestation the state of being invaded or overrun by parasites
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Despite the many rat infested slums in New York City, only 311 people are bitten by rats in an average year. But 1,519 residents are bitten annually by other New Yorkers
    • n Infestation The act of infesting or state of being infested; molestation; vexation; annoyance. "Free from the infestation of enemies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n infestation The act of infesting or harassing; harassment; molestation.
    • n infestation A harassing inroad; a malignant or mischievous invasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Infestation (Milt.) molestation
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “And the night shall be filled with music, and the cares, that infest the day, shall fold their tents, like the Arabs, and as silently steal away.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infestatio,: cf. F. infestation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. infestāre, from infestus, hostile, from in and an old verb fendere, to strike, found in of-fendĕre, de-fendĕre.


In literature:

Red ants are among the worst plagues that can infest a house.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Cabbage, you know, is quite likely to become infested by pests.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
The small number of hares in the districts they infest is ascribed to their depredations.
"Ceylon; an Account of the Island Physical, Historical, and Topographical with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities and Productions, Volume 1 (of 2)" by James Emerson Tennent
The jail was so infested with bugs and fleas that the baby Angie cryed all night.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
These patriots infested the days of Verus, while they alternately committed and released each other's prisoners.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
Fifth and chiefly, of the Lutheran English pirates who infest those coasts.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591" by Emma Helen Blair
A fog hangs around its coast, and at the base of its most radiant mountain-tops there is, as a rule, a miasma-infested swamp.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
Some years ago the environs of Tientsin were infested by bands of robbers who were suspected of living in villages a few miles away.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
This is the old region infested by Captain Kidd and his buccaneers.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Never has a settlement been so infested by hostile Indians as this.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
Have a care, though, if you ride late; the country is infested with brigands.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
By land it was a difficult matter to reach Athens, as the whole way was infested with robbers and bandits.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)" by Plutarch
But the creature that most infests these backwoods is the porcupine.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
They slept on straw infested with vermin.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
They infest us in town; they pursue us to the country.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The body of every human being in the world is infested with millions of them.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
But how come you alone, and in these wild woods, too, infested by fierce robber bands?
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
They pillage everything and infest all places, and have sacked and burned many maritime places of that great kingdom.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXII, 1625-29" by Various
The road before it seems to be infested with enemies.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
At this time the shores of New Zealand were infested with captains.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale

In poetry:

My way has wound across the desert years,
And cares infest
My path, and through the flowing of hot tears,
I pine -- for rest.
"Rest" by Abram Joseph Ryan
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
"Psalm 98 part 2" by Isaac Watts
At night when all things are at rest,
Safe in Old Morpheus' keeping,
No troubles do my mind infest,
For I am soundly--
"Saturday On The Farm" by Edwin Carty Ranck
"Peace, Plutus, peace!"—the boy replied;
"Were not my arts by yours infested,
I could each other power deride,
And rule this circle unmolested.
"Cupid and Plutus" by William Shenstone
Let sophs, by rats infested,
Then trust in cats to catch them,
Lest they grow as learn'd as we
In our studies ; where, d' ye see,
No mortal sits to watch them.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
They reach the goal, the cars disgorge their fare;
Stand close, observe, while they are passing near,
Vile fumes of drink and smoke infest the air,
And jest and laughter light offend the ear.
"Intemperance And The Sunday Trains" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Feldman, engineer for Traditions, claimed to have seen this type of bacteria infestation in the swine lagoons of North Carolina.
Large areas of rangeland in the western half of Nebraska are at high risk for serious grasshopper infestations this summer, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entomologist says.
Medusahead infests 49 million acres in 17 Western states.
After years of decadence, a few more albums, and the eventual drug death of guitarist Robbin Crosby, the band is back with three-fifths of the original lineup on their comeback album Infestation.
Western Farmers, Ranchers Worry an Expected Infestation Could Ravage Crops, Cattle.
Brentwood, TN (WSMV) — A Brentwood woman said she wants out of her apartment lease, because her home is infested with brown recluse spiders.
This is an animal heart infested with heartworms, a potentially fatal disease.
Raising cotton without root rot infestations could mean additional 2 cents to 4 cents a pound.
Crews, volunteers and concerned citizens have eyes open for new infestations.
Does an even better job than version 5.0 at removing spyware and preventing infestation.
When exposed to tick-infested areas, it is important to dress in clothing that covers the skin.
Kitchen cops busted three Valley restaurants with roach infestations prompting health officials to shut two of them down.
PCT Field Guide for the Management of Structure-Infesting Ants, 3rd Edition.
Michigan authorities say a 41-year-old woman removed from the filthy , bug-infested apartment she shared with her husband and four children died of morbid obesity and injuries.
D- FOAM kills wood-infesting pests on contact and keeps on killing for up to 8 weeks.

In science:

We have given the first systematic approximation scheme for t he survival probability of a random walk evolving in a medium infested with freely diffusing traps.
Trapping of a random walk by diffusing traps
The name “random walk" (RW) was originally proposed by Pearson in 1901 with reference to a simple model to describe mosquito infestation in a forest, although previous important work in related subjects had been already published by Lord Rayleigh.
Power-law random walks
Pearson in 1905 in his letter to Nature devoted to a simple model describing a mosquito infestation in a forest: at each time step, a single mosquito moves a fixed length, at a randomly chosen angle (see ).
Exploring Urban Environments By Random Walks
Clark’s suggestions include distinguishing between trusted and untrusted machines, degrading botnets, detecting and flagging infested attack machine s, diffusing attacks, and rate-limiting traffic.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Of course, techniques for degrading botnets, detecting infested attack machines and diffusing attacks could reduce the impact of the TCP receiver attack.
Efficient Defence against Misbehaving TCP Receiver DoS Attacks
Another example is that in the Crowds Protocol , the crowd might be infested by moles which provide their observation to the adversary.
Statistical Analysis of Privacy and Anonymity Guarantees in Randomized Security Protocol Implementations
The pathogen infests the surroundings (shaded area) of infected (I) hosts and, eventually, reaches the neighbouring susceptible hosts (e.g. amber susceptible (S) neuron on the right from I).
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
The probability of infection of a susceptible host and the probability of a global epidemic outbreak depend on overlaps, J , between the infested region and susceptible hosts, and infection efficiency, k .
Complexity and anisotropy in host morphology make populations safer against epidemic outbreaks
Variations of this model have recently been proposed for the analysis of crop control in the presence of weed infestion .
Fine structure and complex exponents in power law distributions from random maps
Quantum mechanics – one of our most fundamental and successful theories – is infested with a range of deep philosophical difficulties collectively known as the measurement problem (Schr¨odinger 1935, Shimony 1963, Wheeler and Zurek 1983, Bell 1990).
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
On the other hand, hosts have a broad repertory of defense mechanisms, ranging from immune response to behavioural defenses (like grooming, the avoidance of parasitized sexual partners and of infested nesting sites, and using the leaves of parasite-repelling plants in building nests).
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Moreover, if one excludes the background-infested 20–36 MeV data in LSND one finds a much broader range of allowed mixing parameters than could have been probed by KARMEN 48 .
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads