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Origin of wormhole

First recorded in 1585–95; worm + hole
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Related Words for wormhole

postern, trapdoor, wormhole

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Historical Examples of wormhole

  • I really believe he gets more pleasure out of one first-class, sixteenth-century wormhole than the original worm did.

  • "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


  1. a hole made by a worm in timber, plants, etc
  2. physics a tunnel in the geometry of space–time postulated to connect different parts of the universe
Derived Formswormholed, 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

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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