Pathology, Veterinary Diseasesworms,[uncountable; used with a singular verb] a disorder caused by worms that live in the intestines of humans and animals and that consume food meant for the person or animal.
v.[~ + object]
to creep, crawl, or move slowly, as into a tight or small space:She wormed herself through the tunnel.
to attain or gain sneakily or indirectly:He wormed the secret out of his sister.
to free (a person or an animal) from intestinal worms.
Zoologyany of numerous long, slender, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates, including the flatworms, roundworms, acanthocephalans, nemerteans, gordiaceans, and annelids.
(loosely) any of numerous small creeping animals with more or less slender, elongated bodies, and without limbs or with very short ones, including individuals of widely differing kinds, as earthworms, tapeworms, insect larvae, and adult forms of some insects.
something resembling or suggesting a worm in appearance, movement, etc.
Informal Termsa groveling, abject, or contemptible person.
Mechanical Engineeringthe spiral pipe in which the vapor is condensed in a still.
Building(not in technical use) See screw thread (def. 1).
BuildingSee screw conveyor.
Mechanical Engineeringa rotating cylinder or shaft, cut with one or more helical threads, that engages with and drives a worm wheel.
something that penetrates, injures, or consumes slowly or insidiously, like a gnawing worm.
Pathology, Veterinary Diseasesworms, (used with a sing. v.)any disease or disorder arising from the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines or other tissues; helminthiasis.
Metallurgy(used with a pl. v.) irregularities visible on the surfaces of some metals subject to plastic deformation.
Zoologythe lytta of a dog or other carnivorous animal.
Computingcomputer code planted illegally in a software program so as to destroy data in any system that downloads the program, as by reformatting the hard disk.
to move or act like a worm; creep, crawl, or advance slowly or stealthily.
to achieve something by insidious procedure (usually fol. by into):to worm into another's favor.
Metallurgycraze (def. 8a).
to cause to move or advance in a devious or stealthy manner:The thief wormed his hand into my coat pocket.
to get by persistent, insidious efforts (usually fol. by out or from):to worm a secret out of a person.
to insinuate (oneself or one's way) into another's favor, confidence, etc.:to worm his way into the king's favor.
to free from worms:He wormed the puppies.
Nauticalto wind yarn or the like spirally round (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth.
worm′er,n. worm′like′, worm′ish,adj.
bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal); Old English wyrm, dragon, serpent, worm; cognate with Dutch worm, German Wurm, Old Norse ormr; akin to Latin vermis