Definition of worm :
1. A being debased and despised.
2. A certain muscular band in the tongue of some animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
3. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like.
4. 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 gearing, below.
5. A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
6. An insect larva.
7. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
8. Any annelid.
9. Any helminth; an entozoon.
10. 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.
11. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm
12. Same as Vermes.
13. The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
14. The thread of a screw.
15. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5 ( b).
16. 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.
17. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; - often followed by out.
18. 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.
19. To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
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- I saw him kick a worm clear through the fence!" - "Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin", Ben Field.
- She walked slowly down the nave and up the dusty, worm- eaten flight of stairs into the cobwebby regions above. - "The Head Girl at the Gables", Angela Brazil.
- We next directed our attention to the moment when a male worm would be hatched. - "New observations on the natural history of bees", Francis Huber.