verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- worm conveyor,
- worm drive,
- worm fence,
- worm gear,
- worm grass
Origin of worm
Examples from the Web for worm
So, Grey Worm arms the slaves of Meereen, who outnumber the citizens three-to-one.Game of Thrones’ ‘Oathkeeper’: Joffrey’s Killer Revealed, White Walkers, and A New Jaime Lannister|Marlow Stern|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If you like mammal species from the suborder Vermilingua (meaning "worm tongue")...The March Madness Teams to Cheer If Yours Got Bounced|Ben Teitelbaum|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It appeared The Worm had turned, even though his ignorance remained wrong side up.Ping-Pong Diplomacy Not An Option? Try Ding-Dong Diplomacy|Kevin Bleyer|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I tried to show them how to do the worm,” the 20-year-old American chuckles.
Bikini waxes, smoking crack, and the worm dance are involved.
Now these lips must be “saying to corruption, Thou art my father; to the worm, Thou art my mother and my sister.”Memories of Bethany|John Ross Macduff
With Sir James Paget, however, rests the true discovery and determination of the nematoid character of the worm itself.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
Esther listens, trembling, while he descants with minute relish on "the worm that never dies."Red as a Rose is She|Rhoda Broughton
A bar or arc having teeth that engage in a gear-wheel or worm.The Gunner's Examiner|Harold E. Cloke
Aid a worm of the dust, O God, to plead the cause of humanity.A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin|A. Woodward
Word Origin for worm
n acronym for computing
Old English wurm, variant of wyrm "serpent, dragon," also in later Old English "earthworm," from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German, German wurm, Old Frisian and Dutch worm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms "serpent, worm"), from PIE *wrmi-/*wrmo- "worm" (cf. Greek rhomos, Latin vermis "worm," Old Russian vermie "insects," Lithuanian varmas "insect, gnat"), possibly from root *wer- (3) "turn" (see versus).
The ancient category of these was much more extensive than the modern, scientific, one and included serpents, scorpions, maggots, and the supposed causes of certain diseases. For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. As an insult meaning "abject, miserable person" it dates from Old English.
"to move like a worm," c.1600, from worm (n.). In figurative senses attested from 1620s, suggesting patient, sinuous progress. Related: Wormed; worming.
A Closer Look
Earthworms are one of many types of worms, including those of the flat and round species. Over a century ago, Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms and wrote The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms with Observations on Their Habits, an entire book that described his research on earthworm behavior and intelligence and further explained how important earthworms are to agriculture. Long before [the plow] existed, he wrote, the land was, in fact, regularly plowed and still continues to be thus plowed by earthworms. It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world. Darwin was referring to the way that earthworms naturally mix and till soil, while both improving its structure and increasing its nutrients. As they tunnel in the soil, earthworms open channels that allow in air and water, improving drainage and easing the way for plants to send down roots; they also carry nutrients from deep soils to the surface. Earthworms eat plant material in the soil, decaying leaves, and leaf litter, and their own waste provides nourishment for plants and other organisms. Slime, a secretion of earthworms, contains nitrogen, an important plant nutrient. It is estimated that each year earthworms in one acre of land move 18 or more tons of soil.
In addition to the idioms beginning with worm
- worm into
- worm out of
- worm turns, the
- can of worms
- early bird catches the worm