• "The robin came back with a worm."
    "The robin came back with a worm."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v worm 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 worm any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae
    • n worm screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
    • n worm a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network "worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers"
    • n worm a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
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Additional illustrations & photos:

St. Martin, Worms St. Martin, Worms
UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle UNDER THE SEA BED Marine Worms, Whelk, Pecten or Scallop and Periwinkle
46. Pickle Worm and its Moth 46. Pickle Worm and its Moth
234. Different Forms of Case Worms 234. Different Forms of Case Worms
Work of Timber Worms in Oak Work of Timber Worms in Oak

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some Ribbon worm will eat themselves if they cannot find food. This type of worm can still survive after eating up to 95% of its body weight
    • Worm A being debased and despised. "I am a worm , and no man."
    • Worm A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
    • Worm A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. "There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer.""'T is slander,
      Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
      Outvenoms all the worms of Nile."
      "When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm ,
      His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks."
    • Worm A short revolving screw, the threads of which drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing, below.
    • Worm A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
    • Worm (Zoöl) An insect larva.
    • Worm An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse. "The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!"
    • Worm (Zoöl) Any annelid.
    • Worm (Zoöl) Any helminth; an entozoön.
    • Worm Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely without feet, or with very short ones, including a great variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
    • Worm Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
    • Worm (Zoöl) Same as Vermes.
    • Worm The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
    • Worm The thread of a screw.
    • Worm To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm n. 5 .
    • Worm To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw. The operation was formerly supposed to guard against canine madness. "The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies."
    • Worm To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; -- often followed by out. "They find themselves wormed out of all power.""They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell."
    • Worm (Naut) To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with spun yarn, as a small rope. "Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are served."
    • v. i Worm To work slowly, gradually, and secretly. "When debates and fretting jealousy
      Did worm and work within you more and more,
      Your color faded."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Many people in parts of China eat insects. Some common insects are bean worms, scoprions, and locusts
    • n worm A conical winding-drum having a spiral groove in which the winding rope or chain lies as it is wound upon the drum, the object being to wind the rope at first over the smaller diameter of the cone, and to increase the leverage as the winding proceeds. A common example is the brake-chain worm of a railroad car at the lower end of a brake-shaft.
    • n worm The driving element in screw-gearing or worm-gearing; the helix whose section is that of a wheel-tooth described upon a cylinder as a base which bears upon the tooth of the worm-wheel to cause the latter to revolve.
    • n worm In popular language, any small creeping creature whose body consists of a number of movable joints or rings, and whose limbs are very short or entirely wanting; any vermiform animal.
    • n worm Any annelid, as the earthworm, lobworm or lugworm, leech, etc. See the distinctive names.
    • n worm Any helminth, whether parasitic or not, as a flat-worm, brain-worm, fluke-worm, roundworm, tapeworm, pinworm, hairworm, threadworm, spoonworm, longworm, whirl-worm, guinea-worm, etc. See such words, and vinegar-eel.
    • n worm One of several long slender vermiform echinoderms, as some holothurians and related forms. See Vermiformia, and cuts under Synapta and trepang.
    • n worm Some small or slender acarine or mite, or its larva, as the worm found in sebaceous follicles. See comedo and Demodex.
    • n worm A myriapod; a contiped or milleped; a gally-worm.
    • n worm The larva, grub, maggot, or caterpillar of many true hexapod insects: as, bag-worm; boll-worm; book-worm; wire-worm; sod-worm; snake-worm; joint-worm; silkworms. See the compounded and otherwise qualified names.
    • n worm The adult of some true insects whose body is long and flexible, as a glow-worm.
    • n worm One of several long slender crustaceans with short legs or none, which attach to or burrow in other animals, bore into wood, etc., as some kinds of fish-lice, certain isopods (as the gribble), certain amphipods (as the wood-shrimp), etc.
    • n worm One of some vermiform mollusks, as a teredo or shipworm, or a wormshell. See cuts under shipworm and Vermetus.
    • n worm A small lizard with rudimentary legs, or none, as a blindworm or slow-worm.
    • n worm A serpent; a snake; a dragon. For a modern instance in composition, see worm-snake, 1.
    • n worm Technically, in zoology, any member of the Linnean class Vermes, or of the modern phylum or subkingdom of the same name; any turbellarian, planarian, nemertean, platyhelminth, nemathelminth, trematoid, cestoid, nematoid, chætognath, gephyrean, annelid, etc. By some authorities the rotifers and polyzoans are brought under this head. See Vermes, and the various words noted in 1 above.
    • n worm A person or human being likened to a worm as an object of scorn, disgust, contempt, pity, and the like: as, man is but a worm of the dust.
    • n worm Figuratively, of inanimate objects, something that slowly, silently, or stealthily eats, makes, or works its way, to the pain, injury, or destruction of the object affected: used emblematically or symbolically. Corruption, decay, or dissolution; death itself.
    • n worm An uneasy conscience; the gnawing or torment of conscience; remorse.
    • n worm In anatomy, some vermiform part or process of an animal's body. The vermis of the cerebellum. See vermis.
    • n worm Anything thought to resemble a worm in appearance, or in having a spiral or curved movement. The spiral part of a corkscrew or of a woodscrew. Also wormer.
    • n worm plural Any disease or disorder arising from the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines or other tissues; helminthiasis.
    • n worm A worm parasitic in the intestine of another animal, as a tapeworm, threadworm, pinworm, etc.
    • worm To move like a worm; go or advance as a worm; crawl or creep sinuously; wriggle; writhe; squirm: as, to worm along.
    • worm To work or act slowly, stealthily, or secretly.
    • worm To effect by slow, stealthy, or insidious means: as, to worm one's way along. In this sense also, reflexively, of slow, insidious, or insinuating progress or action: as, he wormed himself into favor.
    • worm Specifically.
    • worm To extract, remove, expel, or take away by underhand means persistently continued: generally with out or from.
    • worm To subject to a stealthy process of ferreting out one's secrets or private affairs; play the spy upon.
    • worm To free from worms.
    • worm To remove the charge, etc., from, as a gun, by means of a worm. See worm, n., 6 .
    • worm To remove the worm or lytta from the tongue of, as of a dog: supposed to be a precaution against madness.
    • worm To remove the beard of (an oyster or mussel).
    • worm To give a spiral form to; put a thread on.
    • worm Nautical, to wind rope-yarns, spun yarn, or similar material spirally round (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth for parceling and serving. See cuts under parceling and serving-mallet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ribbon worms eat themselves if they cant find food
    • n Worm wurm a term destitute of scientific precision, but often applied to any one of the members of numerous classes of invertebrate animals which are more or less earthworm-like in appearance, the earthworm, a grub, a maggot: anything spiral: the thread of a screw: the lytta or vermiform cartilage of a dog's tongue: the instrument used to withdraw the charge of a gun: a spiral pipe surrounded by cold water into which steam or vapours pass for condensation in distilling: anything that corrupts, gnaws, or torments: remorse: a debased being, a groveller:
    • v.i Worm to move like a worm, to squirm: to work slowly or secretly
    • v.t Worm to effect by slow and secret means: to elicit by underhand means: to remove the lytta or vermiform cartilage of a dog's tongue
    • n Worm wurm (pl.) any intestinal disease arising from the presence of parasitic worms
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  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “The early bird gets the worm.”
  • Henry Miller
    “If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.”
  • P. D. James
    P. D. James
    “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.”
  • Grandma Axiom
    Grandma Axiom
    “A chicken doesn't stop scratching just because worms are scarce.”
  • Herb Shriner
    Herb Shriner
    “All you need to be a fisherman is patience and a worm.”


Can of worms - If an action can create serious problems, it is opening a can of worms.
Early bird catches the worm - The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
Opening a can of worms - If you open a can of worms, you do something that will cause a lot of problems and is, on balance, probably going to cause more trouble than it's worth.
Worm information - If you worm information out of somebody, you persuade them to tell you something they wanted to keep from you.
Worm's eye view - A worm's eye view of something is the view from below, either physically or socially.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm,; akin to D. worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth. waúrms, L. vermis, Gr. a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli Vermilion Vermin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wyrm, dragon, snake, creeping animal; cog. with Goth. waurms, a serpent, Ice. ormr, Ger. wurm; also with L. vermis.


In literature:

These spots are primitive eyes, the analogues of which are preserved by many of the true worms.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
I warn you now that the worm has turned.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey
It has a long, slender body, but it has six jointed legs, which real worms don't have.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
It was a tiny little worm.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
Meantime like earth-worms we will crawl below, And wonder at those things that thou dost know.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
With this and a great worm on strong hook he had the surprise of a fight that gave him not a little concern.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
These hatch and the small green worms appear.
"An Elementary Study of Insects" by Leonard Haseman
May the worm which never dieth feed upon them!
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Should you find a worm or insect in your food, say nothing about it.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
As the worm got gradually swallowed the two leeches came to very close quarters, and at last touched.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton

In poetry:

--Now with worms for his courtiers
He lies in the narrow
Cold couch of the chancel:
--But whence was the arrow?
"Death In The Forest" by Francis Turner Palgrave
But by and by
You turned a yellow-green,
Like a large glow-worm in the sky;
And then I could descry
Your mood and mien.
"At Moonrise And Onwards" by Thomas Hardy
Mijn dagen zijn in 't najaarsgrauw,
Der liefde bloem en vrucht verdween;
De worm, de kanker en de rouw
Zijn mijne alleen!
"Byrons Zwanenzang" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
"The cock doth craw, the day doth daw,
The channerin worm doth chide;
Gin we be mist out o our place,
A sair pain we maun bide.
"The Wife Of Usher's Well" by Andrew Lang
His righteousness, to faith revealed,
Wrought out for guilty worms,
Affords a hiding place and shield,
From enemies and storms.
"The Refuge, River, And Rock Of The Church" by John Newton
Then should we see the saints above
In their own glorious forms,
And wonder why our souls should love
To dwell with mortal worms.
"Hymn 61" by Isaac Watts

In news:

This "Nice Pair" was caught by John MCCarty(Mac)on Long Glade Lake on a Zoom Trick Worm last month.
Aaron Worm, Behind the Mic.
5/30 – Pony Worm (3 man grunge band).
Cocktail Party Hors D'oeuvres Include Crickets, Worms.
Microsoft's Internet Information Server was hit by worms, but everything's OK now.
After the worms have turned.
Romney's debate knockout punch undone by 'act of terror' ear worm.
Marigold Mike (Mike Bendrick) owner of Let's Bloom Together educates children and their families about composting with worms.
Children add worms to their own composting container.
Composting With Worms was presented by Marigold Mike of Let's Bloom Together at the Kenilworth Public Library recently.
' You know, the one who got a street-side tattoo of a Mexican drinking worm across her back.
0Army worms invade CNY, cause crop damage.
According to Trend, the new variant 's most unusual characteristic is that on May 3, the worm is programmed to stop running.
Vinnie- "You're a worm digger.".

In science:

For this observable the large clusters that are updated with the worm method allow it to decorrelate these small-momentum Fourier components more rapidly then the local heat bath method.
Fast Fourier Transform Simulation Techniques for Coulomb Gases
Once a stalk has formed, we observe that it elongates asymmetrically, and moves around in a worm-like manner.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
The minimal requirements for the updates are however nothing more than the ones shown in the Figs. 2 and 3, combined with a move update which moves the position of the worm head forward or backward in imaginary time without changing the kinks.
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
Prokof ’ev, Svistunov and Tupitsyn were the first to introduce the worm algorithm .
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
Sandvik and Sylju˚asen introduced worm operators for spin models in the stochastic series representation with directed loop updates [28, 29].
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases