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Definition of virus:

  1. Contagious or poisonous matter, as of specific ulcers, the bite of snakes, etc.; - applied to organic poisons.
  2. Fig.: Any morbid corrupting quality in intellectual or moral conditions; something that poisons the mind or the soul; as, the virus of obscene books.
  3. The special contagion, inappreciable to the senses and acting in exceedingly minute quantities, by which a disease is introduced into the organism and maintained there.

Synonyms:

browser, epidemic, decomposer, toxin, hydra, bot, assembler, canker, ameba, computer virus, E. coli, compiler, contagion, client, applet, help, assembler, venom, bane, bootstrap program, computer program, listeria, architecture, add-on, poison.

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