inchworm

[ inch-wurm ]
/ ˈɪntʃˌwɜrm /

noun

Origin of inchworm

First recorded in 1860–65; inch1 + worm
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Examples from the Web for inchworm

  • Like an inchworm it doubles itself up at intervals and then gradually stretches itself straight again.

    The World of H.G. Wells|Van Wyck Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for inchworm

inchworm

/ (ˈɪntʃˌwɜːm) /

noun

another name for a measuring worm
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