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Meaning of "worm" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WORM

Old English wyrm; related to Old Frisian wirm, Old High German wurm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms, Latin vermis, Greek romos woodworm.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WORM

worm  [wɜːm] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WORM

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Worm is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb worm in English.

WHAT DOES WORM MEAN IN ENGLISH?

worm

Worm

The term worm /ˈwɜrm/ is used in everyday language to describe many different distantly related animals that typically have a long cylindrical tube-like body and no legs. Worms vary in size from microscopic to over 1 metre in length for marine polychaete worms, 6.7 metres for the African giant earthworm, Microchaetus, and 55 metres for the marine nemertean worm, Lineus longissimus. Various types of worm occupy a small variety of parasitic niches, living inside the bodies of other animals. Free-living worm species may live on land, in marine or freshwater environments, or burrow. In biology, "worm" refers to an obsolete taxon used by Carolus Linnaeus and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck for all non-arthropod invertebrate animals, and stems from the Old English word wyrm. Most animals called "worms" are invertebrates, but the term is also used for the amphibian caecilians and the slow worm Anguis, a legless burrowing lizard.

Definition of worm in the English dictionary

The first definition of worm in the dictionary is any of various invertebrates, esp the annelids, nematodes, and flatworms, having a slender elongated body related adjective vermicular. Other definition of worm is any of various insect larvae having an elongated body, such as the silkworm and wireworm. Worm is also any of various unrelated animals that resemble annelids, nematodes, etc, such as the glow-worm and shipworm.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WORM

PRESENT

Present
I worm
you worm
he/she/it worms
we worm
you worm
they worm
Present continuous
I am worming
you are worming
he/she/it is worming
we are worming
you are worming
they are worming
Present perfect
I have wormed
you have wormed
he/she/it has wormed
we have wormed
you have wormed
they have wormed
Present perfect continuous
I have been worming
you have been worming
he/she/it has been worming
we have been worming
you have been worming
they have been worming
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I wormed
you wormed
he/she/it wormed
we wormed
you wormed
they wormed
Past continuous
I was worming
you were worming
he/she/it was worming
we were worming
you were worming
they were worming
Past perfect
I had wormed
you had wormed
he/she/it had wormed
we had wormed
you had wormed
they had wormed
Past perfect continuous
I had been worming
you had been worming
he/she/it had been worming
we had been worming
you had been worming
they had been worming
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will worm
you will worm
he/she/it will worm
we will worm
you will worm
they will worm
Future continuous
I will be worming
you will be worming
he/she/it will be worming
we will be worming
you will be worming
they will be worming
Future perfect
I will have wormed
you will have wormed
he/she/it will have wormed
we will have wormed
you will have wormed
they will have wormed
Future perfect continuous
I will have been worming
you will have been worming
he/she/it will have been worming
we will have been worming
you will have been worming
they will have been worming
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would worm
you would worm
he/she/it would worm
we would worm
you would worm
they would worm
Conditional continuous
I would be worming
you would be worming
he/she/it would be worming
we would be worming
you would be worming
they would be worming
Conditional perfect
I would have worm
you would have worm
he/she/it would have worm
we would have worm
you would have worm
they would have worm
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been worming
you would have been worming
he/she/it would have been worming
we would have been worming
you would have been worming
they would have been worming
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you worm
we let´s worm
you worm
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to worm
Past participle
wormed
Present Participle
worming
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WORM


affirm
əˈfɜːm
berm
bɜːm
berme
bɜːm
bookworm
ˈbʊkˌwɜːm
confirm
kənˈfɜːm
earthworm
ˈɜːθˌwɜːm
firm
fɜːm
full-term
ˌfʊlˈtɜːm
germ
dʒɜːm
herm
hɜːm
infirm
ɪnˈfɜːm
medium-term
ˈmiːdɪəmˌtɜːm
midterm
ˈmɪdˈtɜːm
perm
pɜːm
preterm
ˌpriːˈtɜːm
sperm
spɜːm
squirm
skwɜːm
term
tɜːm
therm
θɜːm
turm
tɜːm

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WORM

worldwide
worm conveyor
worm drive
worm gear
worm lizard
worm powder
worm wheel
worm-eaten
worm´s eye view
wormcast
wormer
wormeries
wormery
wormfly
wormhole
wormholed
wormier
wormiest
wormil
worminess

WORDS THAT END LIKE WORM

application form
Benidorm
brainstorm
conform
dorm
firestorm
form
inform
norm
order form
outperform
perform
platform
reform
storm
thunderstorm
transform
tropical storm
uniform
waveform

Synonyms and antonyms of worm in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «worm» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WORM

Find out the translation of worm to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of worm from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «worm» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

蠕虫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

gusano
570 millions of speakers

English

worm
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कीड़ा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

دُودَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

червь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

minhoca
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কীট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

ver
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cacing
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wurm
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

지렁이
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cacing
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con giun
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

புழு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कीटक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

solucan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

verme
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

robak
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

черв´як
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vierme
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γαιοσκώληκας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wurm
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

mask
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

mark
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of worm

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WORM»

The term «worm» is very widely used and occupies the 14.154 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WORM» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about worm

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WORM»

Discover the use of worm in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to worm and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Worm: The First Digital World War
Using the history of the Conficker computer worm as a centerpiece, the author discusses the war raging over the Internet, between those who want to exploit it and those who aim to protect it.
Mark Bowden, 2011
2
Diary of a Worm
One small worm . one big world! This is the diary . of a worm. This worm lives with his parents, plays with his friends, and even goes to school.
Doreen Cronin, 2003
3
Worm
A simple introduction to the physical characteristics, diet, life cycle, predators, habitat, and lifespan of worms.
Jill Bailey, 2006
4
The Tequila Worm
Here are her tales of growing up in the barrio in McAllen, Texas, full of the magic and mystery of family traditions: making Easter cascarones, celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, preparing for quinceañera, rejoicing in the Christmas ...
Viola Canales, 2007
5
The Lair of the White Worm
Abraham "Bram" Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula.
Bram Stoker, 2014
6
Design and application of the worm gear
The author has extensive experience in the field and has written this book for gear designers and manufacturers, gear users, and mechanical engineering students.
William P. Crosher, 2002
7
The Theory and Practice of Worm Gear Drives
Included are mathematical models for a number of practical applications; a description of dressing equipment required; treatment of inspection and measurement; the use of intelligent systems; worm gearing for power transmission; selection ...
Ilés Dudás, 2005
8
The Worm Ouroboros
Generations of readers have joyfully lost themselves in the timeless worlds of The Worm Ouroboros. This new edition, magnificently illustrated with the classic original images, continues the enchantment.
E. R. Eddison, 2006
9
I Am the Ice Worm
When the plane carrying her to visit her mother crashes above the Arctic Circle, fourteen-year-old Allison Atwood is rescued by an Inupiat man who takes her back to his village, where she slowly comes to admire their very different way of ...
MaryAnn Easley, 2004
10
Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer
Winnie Finn raises earthworms, which help her neighbors win prizes at the county fair. Includes instructions on making a worm farm.
Carol Brendler, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WORM»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term worm is used in the context of the following news items.
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Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
What's more, the researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook ... «Wired, Aug 15»
2
50-Million-Year-Old Worm Sperm Found Preserved In Antarctica
(Or, at the very least, awesome memes) But what about worm sperm trapped in a cocoon? It probably won't lead to insane theme parks with a death wish, but it ... «Popular Science, Jul 15»
3
Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares
A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once lived in the ... «Live Science, Jun 15»
4
After 50 years, scientists discover head of the insane Hallucigenia …
And the people who found the 0.5-inch long fossil had classified it as an annelid wormworms that include leeches and earthworms. But when Conway-Morris ... «The Verge, Jun 15»
5
Alien-Like Worm Invades US
A bizarre invasive worm with its mouth in the middle of its belly has been found in the United States for the first time, according to new research. The New Guinea ... «Live Science, Jun 15»
6
Worms in Texas have been behaving strangely since the storms
Worms have been known to arrange themselves in clumps such as this, and are often called 'earthworm herds.' The creatures often do this when they are in ... «Daily Mail, Jun 15»
7
New app uses a cellphone camera to detect dangerous 'eye worm
A new mobile phone microscope -- combined with a specially developed app -- can quickly and effectively diagnose the parasitic Loa loa worm in patients' ... «Washington Post, May 15»
8
'Game of Thrones' Season 5: Grey Worm and Barristan are the latest …
game of thrones grey worm daenerys barristan hbo 'Game of Thrones' Season 5: UPDATE: Ian McElhinney confirms that Barristan is in fact dead in an interview ... «Zap2it.com, May 15»
9
Bone Eating 'Zombie' Worm Has Been Around For 100 Million Years
One of the weirdest of these opportunistic scavengers is a group of worms known as Osedax, a genus of bone-eaters found in oceans all over the world. «Popular Science, Apr 15»
10
'Watch Out, Guinea Worm, Here Comes Jimmy Carter'
This past fall, President Jimmy Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, celebrated his 90th birthday. Looking ahead, he's also hoping to celebrate the ... «NPR, Jan 15»

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