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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting animal]

(worm is a kind of ...) any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification

(... is a kind of worm ) unsegmented worms with elongated rounded body pointed at both ends; mostly free-living but some are parasitic

(... is a kind of worm ) slender animal with tentacles and a tubelike outer covering; lives on the deep ocean bottom

(... is a kind of worm ) soft unsegmented marine worms that have a threadlike proboscis and the ability to stretch and contract

(... is a kind of worm ) parasitic or free-living worms having a flattened body

(... is a kind of worm ) any worm of the Chaetognatha; transparent marine worm with horizontal lateral and caudal fins and a row of movable curved spines at each side of the mouth

(... is a kind of worm ) any of various worms living parasitically in intestines of vertebrates having a retractile proboscis covered with many hooked spines

(... is a kind of worm ) a larva of a woodborer

(... is a kind of worm ) worm that is parasitic on the intestines of vertebrates especially roundworms and tapeworms and flukes

(... is a kind of worm ) worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally

Definition 2: screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack - [noun denoting artifact]

(worm is a kind of ...) a fastener with a tapered threaded shank and a slotted head

(... is part of worm) gear consisting of a shaft with screw thread (the worm) that meshes with a toothed wheel (the worm wheel); changes the direction of the axis of rotary motion

Definition 3: a software program capable of reproducing itself that can spread from one computer to the next over a network - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • worms take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving features found on many computers

(worm is a kind of ...) a computer program designed to have undesirable or harmful effects

Definition 4: a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for worm in the sense of this definition

(worm is a kind of ...) a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

Definition 5: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) - [verb of motion]

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

  • The prisoner writhed in discomfort
  • The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace

Synonyms for worm in the sense of this definition

(worm is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of worm ) make a sudden twisting motion

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