Hay 2 definiciones de worm en inglés:

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Saltos de línea: worm
Pronunciación: /wəːm
 
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sustantivo

1Any of a number of creeping or burrowing invertebrate animals with long, slender soft bodies and no limbs.
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  • For many years only animals such as worms, leeches and midge larvae could survive.
  • When feeding is completed, the worms drop to the ground and enter the soil where they transform into shiny brown pupae.
  • Hemp seed, sweet corn maggots and even worms can also be used.
1.1 short for earthworm.
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  • ‘You can't just go out in your garden, dig up worms, and have them work,’ Appelhof said.
  • You should put worms on your hook to attract fish.
  • Frank helps me put a worm on my hook even though I can do it by myself.
1.2 (worms) Intestinal or other internal parasites: she ate so much so often that I thought she had worms
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  • Consuming contaminated meat can lead to diarrhoea, intestinal worms or food poisoning and is especially dangerous for the very young or very old.
  • Internal parasites - worms - are one of the major problems facing the beef and dairy industries in both the United States and Brazil.
  • Garlic also helps knock out intestinal worms and other parasites.
1.3Used in names of long slender insect larvae, especially those in fruit or wood, e.g. army worm, woodworm.
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  • They are known to eat cabbage moths, bollworms, tomato hornworms and broccoli worms.
  • Best baits are redworms, which can be trundled down to the fish in a natural manner, or alternatively often-overlooked baits such as caterpillars, wax worms, or mealworms.
  • I snacked on sticky rice cooked in bamboo, but there were more exotic treats such as crickets, bamboo worms and bee larvae available.
1.4Used in names of other animals that resemble worms in some way, e.g. slow-worm, shipworm.
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  • The Slow-worm is probably the most commonly encountered British reptile.
  • Unlike the usual shipworm for this region, which bores only in the breeding season then swims away, the blacktip bores continuously throughout the year and remains in the same spot until the timbers completely disintegrate.
1.5A maggot regarded as eating corpses buried in the ground: food for worms
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  • It is also clear that the process of decay was thought to be harmful to the dead, and the action of worms in the corpse were thought to be as painful as a needle to the living flesh.
  • You're born, you live, you die, you're worm food - that's all.
  • I think he is worm food as he died of lung cancer at the age of 71.
2 informal A weak or despicable person (often used as a general term of abuse): it was unbearable that such a worm could be so successful you ungrateful little worm!
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  • He threw one last glance in the direction she had gone before yelling ‘Come and get me, you worms!’
  • Is that the best you could manage, George, you impotent worm?
  • ‘You despicable little worm,’ he snarled as he stomped into the house one day.
3A helical device or component, in particular:
3.1The threaded cylinder in a worm gear.
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  • But if a worm gear is to transmit mechanical power, it should be a metal worm having a thread angle of about thirty degrees.
  • The machine is suited for high precision, infeed and single-revolution, thread rolling, worm rolling and roll sizing.
  • In a preferred embodiment, a worm/worm gear assembly comprises a metal worm and a worm gear fabricated from a resilient material.
3.2The coiled pipe of a still in which the vapour is cooled and condensed.
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  • The worm condensed the vapor into liquor, which was collected in containers and sold.
  • The worm was a coil that was immersed into cold water and it was there that the alcohol vapour condensed into liquid.
  • In distillation, the still is heated to just below the boiling point of water and the alcohol and other compounds vaporise and pass over the neck of the still into either a condenser or a worm - a large copper coil immersed in cold running water where the vapour is condensed into a liquid.
4 Computing A self-replicating program able to propagate itself across a network, typically having a detrimental effect.
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  • This would help identify and flush out infiltrating viruses, worms, trojans and other malicious softwares.
  • Over the past year our virtual mailboxes have been swamped by spam, worms, and malignant viruses.
  • Unlike a virus, a worm generally does not alter or destroy data on a computer.

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1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move with difficulty by crawling or wriggling: I wormed my way along the roadside ditch
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  • When it started to rain, we wormed into our bivy sacks, said good night, and pulled the drawstrings so tight that only our noses stuck out.
  • Is it really convincing that the man could have wormed out of the cells unnoticed?
  • I had previously considered it quite a pleasant bookstore to worm about in.
2 [with object] (worm one's way into) Insinuate one’s way into: George tried to worm his way into his girlfriend’s life
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  • You managed to worm your way into Valerie's Thanksgiving, surely you can insinuate yourself into her Christmas as well.
  • And if, heaven forfend, that other guy worms his way into office again, we're really going to have to work together to defend the beloved republic.
  • The people that populate this list have wormed their way into our bad books just by being themselves.
2.1 (worm something out of) Obtain information from (someone) by cunning persistence: I did manage to worm a few details out of him
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  • For a while, they wouldn't even tell me how many digits were involved but I wormed the information out of them that there were three more.
  • If anyone tries to worm this information out of you, they will not get it.
  • Blanche wormed the details out of a very reluctant Stella with much coaxing and promising of new clothes.
3 [with object] Treat (an animal) with a preparation designed to expel parasitic worms: I wormed her over a course of three weeks
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  • If your kitten was wormed during his first visit, the vet will give him his second worming.
  • Your vet will need to administer the shots, but you can worm the dog yourself.
  • He's been wormed and treated for fleas and ticks.
4 [with object] Nautical , archaic Make (a rope) smooth by winding thread between the strands.
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  • From each of the thinned strands take sufficient outside yarns to worm the rope and cut off the rest.

Origen

Old English wyrm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to Latin vermis 'worm' and Greek rhomox 'woodworm'.

Frases

(even) a worm will turn

proverb (Even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far: it was predictable that one day the worm would turn
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  • On one level, Heathcliff's ‘writhing’ allusion is clearly to the proverbial truth that, given sufficient provocation, ‘even a worm will turn’.
  • You know a worm will turn if it is trodden on?
  • Lady Ushant was as meek as a worm, but a worm will turn.

Derivativos

worm-like

adjetivo
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  • Maunder explained that flea eggs, the worm-like larvae, are born in autumn and survive in nests around the household over winter.
  • Where the trunk meets the ground it frays out, and extends a few worm-like roots above the soil.
  • All are woven from these worm-like pieces of paper string and treated.

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