a hole made by a burrowing or gnawing worm, as in timber, nuts, etc.
Origin of wormhole
First recorded in 1585–95; worm
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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.
How about that wormhole, James, that we were worrying over before the separation of the upper table?
British Dictionary definitions for wormhole
Derived Formswormholed, adjective
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
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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
A hole made by a burrowing worm.
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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