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[wurm-hohl] /ˈwɜrmˌhoʊl/
a hole made by a burrowing or gnawing worm, as in timber, nuts, etc.
a theoretical passageway in space between a black hole and a white hole.
Origin of wormhole
First recorded in 1585-95; worm + hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I really believe he gets more pleasure out of one first-class, sixteenth-century wormhole than the original worm did.

    The Abandoned Farmers Irvin S. Cobb
  • "I think maybe that speck isn't a wormhole, after all," said Phil, subjecting the apple she still held to another scrutiny.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • How about that wormhole, James, that we were worrying over before the separation of the upper table?

British Dictionary definitions for wormhole


a hole made by a worm in timber, plants, etc
(physics) a tunnel in the geometry of space–time postulated to connect different parts of the universe
Derived Forms
wormholed, adjective
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Word Origin and History for wormhole

1590s, "hole made by a burrowing insect" (in fruit, etc.), from worm (n.) + hole (n.). Astrophysics sense is attested from 1957.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wormhole in Science
  1. A hole made by a burrowing worm.

  2. A theoretical distortion of space-time that would link points in space through a second set of paths, some of which could be shorter than the shortest path without the wormhole. It is not known whether workholes are possible. See more at space-time.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wormhole


noun phrase

An unauthorized way into a computer system: an unknown hacker burrowed electronically through a ''worm hole'' of the World Wide Web (late 1980s+ Computer)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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