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  10  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Worm  \Worm\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Wormed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  To  work  slowly,  gradually,  and  secretly. 
  When  debates  and  fretting  jealousy  Did  worm  and  work 
  within  you  more  and  more  Your  color  faded.  --Herbert. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Worm  \Worm\  (w[^u]rm),  n.  [OE.  worm,  wurm,  AS  wyrm;  akin  to  D. 
  worm,  OS  &  G.  wurm,  Icel.  ormr,  Sw  &  Dan.  orm,  Goth. 
  wa['u]rms,  L.  vermis,  Gr  ?  a  wood  worm.  Cf  {Vermicelli}, 
  {Vermilion},  {Vermin}.] 
  1.  A  creeping  or  a  crawling  animal  of  any  kind  or  size,  as  a 
  serpent,  caterpillar,  snail,  or  the  like  [Archaic] 
  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.  --Tyndale 
  (Acts  xxviii. 
  3,  4). 
  '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. 
  2.  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. 
  Specifically:  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  helminth;  an  entozo["o]n. 
  b  Any  annelid. 
  c  An  insect  larva. 
  d  pl  Same  as  {Vermes}. 
  3.  An  internal  tormentor;  something  that  gnaws  or  afflicts 
  one's  mind  with  remorse. 
  The  worm  of  conscience  still  begnaw  thy  soul! 
  4.  A  being  debased  and  despised. 
  I  am  a  worm,  and  no  man.  --Ps.  xxii.  6. 
  5.  Anything  spiral,  vermiculated,  or  resembling  a  worm;  as: 
  a  The  thread  of  a  screw. 
  The  threads  of  screws,  when  bigger  than  can  be 
  made  in  screw  plates,  are  called  worms.  --Moxon. 
  b  A  spiral  instrument  or  screw,  often  like  a  double 
  corkscrew,  used  for  drawing  balls  from  firearms. 
  c  (Anat.)  A  certain  muscular  band  in  the  tongue  of  some 
  animals,  as  the  dog;  the  lytta.  See  {Lytta}. 
  d  The  condensing  tube  of  a  still  often  curved  and  wound 
  to  economize  space.  See  Illust.  of  {Still}. 
  e  (Mach.)  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}, 
  {Worm  abscess}  (Med.),  an  abscess  produced  by  the  irritation 
  resulting  from  the  lodgment  of  a  worm  in  some  part  of  the 
  {Worm  fence}.  See  under  {Fence}. 
  {Worm  gear}.  (Mach.) 
  a  A  worm  wheel. 
  b  Worm  gearing. 
  {Worm  gearing},  gearing  consisting  of  a  worm  and  worm  wheel 
  working  together. 
  {Worm  grass}.  (Bot.) 
  a  See  {Pinkroot},  2 
  a  . 
  b  The  white  stonecrop  ({Sedum  album})  reputed  to  have 
  qualities  as  a  vermifuge.  --Dr.  Prior. 
  {Worm  oil}  (Med.),  an  anthelmintic  consisting  of  oil  obtained 
  from  the  seeds  of  {Chenopodium  anthelminticum}. 
  {Worm  powder}  (Med.),  an  anthelmintic  powder. 
  {Worm  snake}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Thunder  snake} 
  (b),  under  {Thunder}. 
  {Worm  tea}  (Med.),  an  anthelmintic  tea  or  tisane. 
  {Worm  tincture}  (Med.),  a  tincture  prepared  from  dried 
  earthworms,  oil  of  tartar,  spirit  of  wine,  etc  [Obs.] 
  {Worm  wheel},  a  cogwheel  having  teeth  formed  to  fit  into  the 
  spiral  spaces  of  a  screw  called  a  worm,  so  that  the  wheel 
  may  be  turned  by  or  may  turn,  the  worm;  --  called  also 
  {worm  gear},  and  sometimes  {tangent  wheel}.  See  Illust.  of 
  {Worm  gearing},  above. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Worm  \Worm\,  v.  t. 
  1.  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  --Dickens. 
  2.  To  clean  by  means  of  a  worm;  to  draw  a  wad  or  cartridge 
  from  as  a  firearm.  See  {Worm},  n.  5 
  b  . 
  3.  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.  --Sir  W. 
  4.  (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.  --Totten. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Screw  \Screw\  (skr[udd]),  n.  [OE.  scrue,  OF  escroue  escroe, 
  female  screw,  F.  ['e]crou,  L.  scrobis  a  ditch,  trench,  in 
  LL.,  the  hole  made  by  swine  in  rooting;  cf  D.  schroef  a 
  screw,  G.  schraube  Icel.  skr[=u]fa.] 
  1.  A  cylinder,  or  a  cylindrical  perforation,  having  a 
  continuous  rib,  called  the  thread,  winding  round  it 
  spirally  at  a  constant  inclination,  so  as  to  leave  a 
  continuous  spiral  groove  between  one  turn  and  the  next  -- 
  used  chiefly  for  producing,  when  revolved,  motion  or 
  pressure  in  the  direction  of  its  axis,  by  the  sliding  of 
  the  threads  of  the  cylinder  in  the  grooves  between  the 
  threads  of  the  perforation  adapted  to  it  the  former  being 
  distinguished  as  the  external,  or  male  screw,  or  more 
  usually  the  screw;  the  latter  as  the  internal,  or  female 
  screw,  or  more  usually,  the  nut. 
  Note:  The  screw,  as  a  mechanical  power,  is  a  modification  of 
  the  inclined  plane,  and  may  be  regarded  as  a 
  right-angled  triangle  wrapped  round  a  cylinder,  the 
  hypotenuse  of  the  marking  the  spiral  thread  of  the 
  screw,  its  base  equaling  the  circumference  of  the 
  cylinder,  and  its  height  the  pitch  of  the  thread. 
  2.  Specifically,  a  kind  of  nail  with  a  spiral  thread  and  a 
  head  with  a  nick  to  receive  the  end  of  the  screw-driver. 
  Screws  are  much  used  to  hold  together  pieces  of  wood  or  to 
  fasten  something  --  called  also  {wood  screws},  and  {screw 
  nails}.  See  also  {Screw  bolt},  below. 
  3.  Anything  shaped  or  acting  like  a  screw;  esp.,  a  form  of 
  wheel  for  propelling  steam  vessels.  It  is  placed  at  the 
  stern,  and  furnished  with  blades  having  helicoidal 
  surfaces  to  act  against  the  water  in  the  manner  of  a 
  screw.  See  {Screw  propeller},  below. 
  4.  A  steam  vesel  propelled  by  a  screw  instead  of  wheels;  a 
  screw  steamer;  a  propeller. 
  5.  An  extortioner;  a  sharp  bargainer;  a  skinflint;  a  niggard. 
  6.  An  instructor  who  examines  with  great  or  unnecessary 
  severity;  also  a  searching  or  strict  examination  of  a 
  student  by  an  instructor.  [Cant,  American  Colleges] 
  7.  A  small  packet  of  tobacco.  [Slang]  --Mayhew. 
  8.  An  unsound  or  worn-out  horse,  useful  as  a  hack,  and 
  commonly  of  good  appearance.  --Ld.  Lytton. 
  9.  (Math.)  A  straight  line  in  space  with  which  a  definite 
  linear  magnitude  termed  the  pitch  is  associated  (cf.  5th 
  {Pitch},  10 
  b  ).  It  is  used  to  express  the  displacement  of  a  rigid 
  body,  which  may  always  be  made  to  consist  of  a 
  rotation  about  an  axis  combined  with  a  translation 
  parallel  to  that  axis. 
  10.  (Zo["o]l.)  An  amphipod  crustacean;  as  the  skeleton  screw 
  ({Caprella}).  See  {Sand  screw},  under  {Sand}. 
  {Archimedes  screw},  {Compound  screw},  {Foot  screw},  etc  See 
  under  {Archimedes},  {Compound},  {Foot},  etc 
  {A  screw  loose},  something  out  of  order  so  that  work  is  not 
  done  smoothly;  as  there  is  a  screw  loose  somewhere.  --H. 
  {Endless,  or  perpetual,  {screw},  a  screw  used  to  give  motion 
  to  a  toothed  wheel  by  the  action  of  its  threads  between 
  the  teeth  of  the  wheel;  --  called  also  a  {worm}. 
  {Lag  screw}.  See  under  {Lag}. 
  {Micrometer  screw},  a  screw  with  fine  threads,  used  for  the 
  measurement  of  very  small  spaces. 
  {Right  and  left  screw},  a  screw  having  threads  upon  the 
  opposite  ends  which  wind  in  opposite  directions. 
  {Screw  alley}.  See  {Shaft  alley},  under  {Shaft}. 
  {Screw  bean}.  (Bot.) 
  a  The  curious  spirally  coiled  pod  of  a  leguminous  tree 
  ({Prosopis  pubescens})  growing  from  Texas  to 
  California.  It  is  used  for  fodder,  and  ground  into 
  meal  by  the  Indians. 
  b  The  tree  itself  Its  heavy  hard  wood  is  used  for 
  fuel,  for  fencing,  and  for  railroad  ties. 
  {Screw  bolt},  a  bolt  having  a  screw  thread  on  its  shank,  in 
  distinction  from  a  {key  bolt}.  See  1st  {Bolt},  3. 
  {Screw  box},  a  device,  resembling  a  die,  for  cutting  the 
  thread  on  a  wooden  screw. 
  {Screw  dock}.  See  under  {Dock}. 
  {Screw  engine},  a  marine  engine  for  driving  a  screw 
  {Screw  gear}.  See  {Spiral  gear},  under  {Spiral}. 
  {Screw  jack}.  Same  as  {Jackscrew}. 
  {Screw  key},  a  wrench  for  turning  a  screw  or  nut;  a  spanner 
  {Screw  machine}. 
  a  One  of  a  series  of  machines  employed  in  the 
  manufacture  of  wood  screws. 
  b  A  machine  tool  resembling  a  lathe,  having  a  number  of 
  cutting  tools  that  can  be  caused  to  act  on  the  work 
  successively,  for  making  screws  and  other  turned 
  pieces  from  metal  rods. 
  {Screw  pine}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  endogenous  genus 
  {Pandanus},  of  which  there  are  about  fifty  species, 
  natives  of  tropical  lands  from  Africa  to  Polynesia;  -- 
  named  from  the  spiral  arrangement  of  the  pineapple-like 
  {Screw  plate},  a  device  for  cutting  threads  on  small  screws, 
  consisting  of  a  thin  steel  plate  having  a  series  of 
  perforations  with  internal  screws  forming  dies. 
  {Screw  press},  a  press  in  which  pressure  is  exerted  by  means 
  of  a  screw. 
  {Screw  propeller},  a  screw  or  spiral  bladed  wheel,  used  in 
  the  propulsion  of  steam  vessels;  also  a  steam  vessel 
  propelled  by  a  screw. 
  {Screw  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  long,  slender,  spiral  gastropod 
  shell,  especially  of  the  genus  Turritella  and  allied 
  genera.  See  {Turritella}. 
  {Screw  steamer},  a  steamship  propelled  by  a  screw. 
  {Screw  thread},  the  spiral  rib  which  forms  a  screw. 
  {Screw  stone}  (Paleon.),  the  fossil  stem  of  an  encrinite. 
  {Screw  tree}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  genus  {Helicteres}, 
  consisting  of  about  thirty  species  of  tropical  shrubs, 
  with  simple  leaves  and  spirally  twisted,  five-celled 
  capsules;  --  also  called  {twisted-horn},  and  {twisty}. 
  {Screw  valve},  a  stop  valve  which  is  opened  or  closed  by  a 
  {Screw  worm}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  larva  of  an  American  fly 
  ({Compsomyia  macellaria}),  allied  to  the  blowflies,  which 
  sometimes  deposits  its  eggs  in  the  nostrils,  or  about 
  wounds,  in  man  and  other  animals,  with  fatal  results. 
  {Screw  wrench}. 
  a  A  wrench  for  turning  a  screw. 
  b  A  wrench  with  an  adjustable  jaw  that  is  moved  by  a 
  {To  put  the}  {screw,  or  screws},  {on},  to  use  pressure  upon 
  as  for  the  purpose  of  extortion;  to  coerce. 
  {To  put  under  the}  {screw  or  screws},  to  subject  to  pressure; 
  to  force. 
  {Wood  screw},  a  metal  screw  with  a  sharp  thread  of  coarse 
  pitch,  adapted  to  holding  fast  in  wood.  See  Illust.  of 
  {Wood  screw},  under  {Wood}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  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 
  2:  has  a  nasty  or  unethical  character  undeserving  of  respect 
  [syn:  {louse},  {insect},  {dirt  ball}] 
  3:  threads  gear  with  the  teeth  of  a  worm  wheel  or  rack 
  v  1:  move  with  slow,  sinuous  movements  [syn:  {wreathe}] 
  2:  to  move  in  a  twisting  or  contorted  motion,  (esp.  when 
  struggling);  "The  prisoner  writhed  in  discomfort."  "The 
  child  tried  to  wriggle  free  from  his  aunt's  embrace." 
  [syn:  {writhe},  {wrestle},  {wriggle},  {squirm},  {twist}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  worm  n.  [from  `tapeworm'  in  John  Brunner's  novel  "The 
  Shockwave  Rider",  via  XEROX  PARC]  A  program  that  propagates  itself  over  a 
  network,  reproducing  itself  as  it  goes.  Compare  {virus}.  Nowadays  the 
  term  has  negative  connotations,  as  it  is  assumed  that  only  {cracker}s 
  write  worms.  Perhaps  the  best-known  example  was  Robert  T.  Morris's 
  {Great  Worm}  of  1988,  a  `benign'  one  that  got  out  of  control  and  hogged 
  hundreds  of  Suns  and  VAXen  across  the  U.S.  See  also  {cracker},  {RTM}, 
  {Trojan  horse},  {ice}. 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  {Write-Once  Read-Many} 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    (From  Tapeworm"  in  John  Brunner's 
  novel  "The  Shockwave  Rider",  via  {XEROX  PARC})  A  program  that 
  propagates  itself  over  a  network,  reproducing  itself  as  it 
  goes.  Compare  {virus}.  Nowadays  the  term  has  negative 
  connotations,  as  it  is  assumed  that  only  {crackers}  write 
  Perhaps  the  best-known  example  was  the  {Great  Worm}. 
  Compare  {Trojan  horse}. 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (1.)  Heb.  sas  (Isa.  51:8),  denotes  the  caterpillar  of  the 
  (2.)  The  manna  bred  worms  (tola'im),  but  on  the  Sabbath  there 
  was  not  any  worm  (rimmah)  therein  (Ex.  16:20,  24).  Here  these 
  words  refer  to  caterpillars  or  larvae,  which  feed  on  corrupting 
  These  two  Hebrew  words  appear  to  be  interchangeable  (Job  25:6; 
  Isa.  14:11).  Tola'im  in  some  places  denotes  the  caterpillar 
  (Deut.  28:39;  Jonah  4:7),  and  rimmah,  the  larvae,  as  bred  from 
  putridity  (Job  17:14;  21:26;  24:20).  In  Micah  7:17,  where  it  is 
  said  "They  shall  move  out  of  their  holes  like  worms,"  perhaps 
  serpents  or  "creeping  things,"  or  as  in  the  Revised  Version, 
  "crawling  things,"  are  meant 
  The  word  is  used  figuratively  in  Job  25:6;  Ps  22:6;  Isa. 
  41:14;  Mark  9:44,  46,  48;  Isa.  66:24. 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Write  Once  Read  Many  CD 

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