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Definition 1: insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for bug in the sense of this definition

(bug is a kind of ...) small air-breathing arthropod

(... is a kind of bug ) small bright-colored insect that feeds on plant juices

(... is a kind of bug ) a true bug: usually bright-colored; pest of cultivated crops and some fruit trees

(... is a kind of bug ) a true bug

(... is a kind of bug ) bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood

(... is a kind of bug ) predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites

(... is a kind of bug ) any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteroptera

(... is a member of bug) plant bugs; bedbugs; some true bugs; also includes suborders Heteroptera (true bugs) and Homoptera (e.g., aphids, plant lice and cicadas)

Definition 2: general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate - [noun denoting animal]

(bug is a kind of ...) small air-breathing arthropod

Definition 3: a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for bug in the sense of this definition

(bug is a kind of ...) any organism of microscopic size

Definition 4: a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly - [noun denoting artifact]

(bug is a kind of ...) device for converting sound waves into electrical energy

Definition 5: a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for bug in the sense of this definition

(bug is a kind of ...) an imperfection in an object or machine

"a flaw caused the crystal to shatter" "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

Definition 6: annoy persistently - [verb of emotion]

Samples where bug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The children teased the boy because of his stammer

Synonyms for bug in the sense of this definition

(bug is a kind of ...) treat cruelly

"The children tormented the stuttering teacher"

Definition 7: tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information - [verb of perception]

Samples where bug or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
  • Is this hotel room bugged?

Synonyms for bug in the sense of this definition

(bug is a kind of ...) listen without the speaker's knowledge

"the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"

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