squirm

Definitions

  • Squirming Like a Lot of Angleworms 185
    Squirming Like a Lot of Angleworms 185
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v squirm to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) "The prisoner writhed in discomfort","The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
    • n squirm the act of wiggling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When sharks bite down, their eyes automatically close in case their prey starts squirming trying to get free, and thereby cause damage to the shark's eyes in the process.
    • v. i Squirm skwẽrm To twist about briskly with contortions like an eel or a worm; to wriggle; to writhe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • squirm To wriggle or writhe, as an eel or a worm; hence, to writhe mentally.
    • squirm To climb by wriggling; “shin”: as, to squirm up a tree.
    • n squirm A wriggling motion, like that of a worm or an eel.
    • n squirm Nautical, a twist in a rope.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squirm skwirm to wriggle or writhe, to climb by wriggling up: to escape with any awkward evasion or lie.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Swarm to climb a tree
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of squir=whir.

Usage

In literature:

I saw him hug it up tight again as he stopped squirming.
"Phyllis" by Maria Thompson Daviess
He lifted the squirming small boy who had not spoken a word.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
The three little darkies, in calico smocks, stood squirming in line while Lindy proudly surveyed them.
"More Toasts"
A porter from the rear car squirmed and wriggled his way down to the seat occupied by the Flopper.
"The Miracle Man" by Frank L. Packard
The pathway squirmed and wriggled like a snake, the trees and bushes bowed, the sky bobbed up and down.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
There was a splash and he pulled out a squirming eel.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Somehow he had managed to squirm through the crowd.
"The Camp Fire Girls on the Farm" by Jane L. Stewart
When she raised the lid there was that pillow-case squirming around as if it were alive.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He squirmingly demurred at this last operation, and successfully resisted it.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Lescot squirmed under his eye; Thuriot turned pale and trembled.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
I squirmed about till I faced the guide in the stern.
"Joy in the Morning" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Anyway, he squirmed out of Uncle Ed's grasp, and wouldn't play patient any longer.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
Squirming around upon his chest, Jamie arose to a kneeling position, and then stood erect.
"Troop One of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
In spite of a warning cry from Mr. Brown, Fred discharged his revolver, and the hall struck in the mass of squirming bodies.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Johnny's victim squirmed desperately to his feet and bounded away through the forest.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
What a queer, squirming, muffled-buzzing bundle it made, to be sure!
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
His tense body squirmed, convulsed, under Jan's great weight like a thing galvanized by electricity.
"Jan" by A. J. Dawson
You squirm between iron fingers.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
The nurse held the baby: a squirming little bundle of soft, embroidered flannel.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Let others go seek the Shark, the Sword-fish, or the squirming Cuttle-fish.
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
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In poetry:

It costs me never a stab nor squirm
To tread by chance upon a worm.
"Aha, my little dear," I say,
"Your clan will pay me back one day."
"Thought For A Sunshiny Morning" by Dorothy Parker
This done, with a dignified mien
The two squirmed up on the machine,
And rode gayly away,
Or at least, so they say,
Who witnessed the wonderful scene.
"A Bicycle Built For Two" by Carolyn Wells
And now I hear our despot's call,
And come, like Hassan, to the hall,--
If there's a slave, I am one,--
My bait no longer flies, but worms!
I 've caught--Lord bless me! how he squirms!
An eel, and not a salmon!
"A Poem Served To Order" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
They bid me grovel, squirm and whine,
Nor strive against vile calumny;
And vain the thought that would decline
Submission to such tyranny;
For like a wild beast from its lair,
The state doth hound me to despair.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
It's okay if the world goes with Venetian;
Who cares what Italians don't see?--
Or with Man's Bluff (a temporary problem
Healed by shrieks and cheating)--or with date:
Three hours of squirming repaid by laughs for years.
"Blind" by Charles H Webb
So spiked to my chair with horror, there I shuddered and saw
Her fingrs frenziedly clutching and squeezing with all their might
Something that squirmed and struggled, a deamon of tooth and claw,
Fighting with fear and fury, under her garment white.
"The Ballad Of The Leather Medal" by Robert W Service

In news:

Vick's new dog's in no danger, it's good for his kids - & it might make him squirm .
Actor Thomas Haden Church can't blame much on squirm -worthy Killer Joe.
But politicians in both parties are squirming over how to define the Thing.
'Tis the Season for Every Democratic Candidate to Squirm When Asked If He Supports Obama.
Mormons shouldn't squirm in the spotlight.
A Rate Sleuth Making Rental Car Companies Squirm .
'Cyrus' is a comedy that may make you squirm .
Ellen Makes Taylor Squirm .
Will Google Make ComScore, Nielsen Squirm .
He's Making Hay As CEOs Squirm .
Microsoft late Tuesday warned that the Zotob worm could start squirming through certain configurations of Windows XP SP1 (Service Pack 1).
Gymnast Aly Raisman's Parents Wince , Squirm Watching Her Compete.
To some, the Obama-Romney rematch was squirm-inducing.
Most Americans would squirm when even thinking of eating a grasshopper or locust.
Squirm all you want, this is more than likely something we will see in our time.
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In science:

Note also that for squirming motion, where the shape of the swimmer surface remains constant (uS · n = 0), Eq. (10) simplifies further.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
Interactions between two cells were studied analytically and numerically for two different cases, spherical squirming (swimming motion where all surface deformation occurs tangentially to the swimmer surface) [176, 177] and swimming with a single helical flagellum [178].
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
On the squirming motion of nearly spherical deformable bodies through liquids at very small Reynolds numbers.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
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