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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Screw \Screw\ (skr[udd]), n. [OE. scrue, OF. escroue, escroe,
     female screw, F. ['e]crou, L. scrobis a ditch, trench, in
     LL., the hole made by swine in rooting; cf. D. schroef a
     screw, G. schraube, Icel. skr[=u]fa.]
     1. A cylinder, or a cylindrical perforation, having a
        continuous rib, called the thread, winding round it
        spirally at a constant inclination, so as to leave a
        continuous spiral groove between one turn and the next, --
        used chiefly for producing, when revolved, motion or
        pressure in the direction of its axis, by the sliding of
        the threads of the cylinder in the grooves between the
        threads of the perforation adapted to it, the former being
        distinguished as the external, or male screw, or, more
        usually the screw; the latter as the internal, or female
        screw, or, more usually, the nut.
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     Note: The screw, as a mechanical power, is a modification of
           the inclined plane, and may be regarded as a
           right-angled triangle wrapped round a cylinder, the
           hypotenuse of the marking the spiral thread of the
           screw, its base equaling the circumference of the
           cylinder, and its height the pitch of the thread.
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     2. Specifically, a kind of nail with a spiral thread and a
        head with a nick to receive the end of the screw-driver.
        Screws are much used to hold together pieces of wood or to
        fasten something; -- called also wood screws, and screw
        nails. See also Screw bolt, below.
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     3. Anything shaped or acting like a screw; esp., a form of
        wheel for propelling steam vessels. It is placed at the
        stern, and furnished with blades having helicoidal
        surfaces to act against the water in the manner of a
        screw. See Screw propeller, below.
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     4. A steam vesel propelled by a screw instead of wheels; a
        screw steamer; a propeller.
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     5. An extortioner; a sharp bargainer; a skinflint; a niggard.
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     6. An instructor who examines with great or unnecessary
        severity; also, a searching or strict examination of a
        student by an instructor. [Cant, American Colleges]
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     7. A small packet of tobacco. [Slang] --Mayhew.
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     8. An unsound or worn-out horse, useful as a hack, and
        commonly of good appearance. --Ld. Lytton.
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     9. (Math.) A straight line in space with which a definite
        linear magnitude termed the pitch is associated (cf. 5th
        Pitch, 10
        (b) ). It is used to express the displacement of a rigid
            body, which may always be made to consist of a
            rotation about an axis combined with a translation
            parallel to that axis.
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     10. (Zool.) An amphipod crustacean; as, the skeleton screw
         ({Caprella). See Sand screw, under Sand.
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     Archimedes screw, Compound screw, Foot screw, etc. See
        under Archimedes, Compound, Foot, etc.
     A screw loose, something out of order, so that work is not
        done smoothly; as, there is a screw loose somewhere. --H.
     Endless screw, or perpetual screw, a screw used to give
        motion to a toothed wheel by the action of its threads
        between the teeth of the wheel; -- called also a worm.
     Lag screw. See under Lag.
     Micrometer screw, a screw with fine threads, used for the
        measurement of very small spaces.
     Right and left screw, a screw having threads upon the
        opposite ends which wind in opposite directions.
     Screw alley. See Shaft alley, under Shaft.
     Screw bean. (Bot.)
         (a) The curious spirally coiled pod of a leguminous tree
             ({Prosopis pubescens) growing from Texas to
             California. It is used for fodder, and ground into
             meal by the Indians.
         (b) The tree itself. Its heavy hard wood is used for
             fuel, for fencing, and for railroad ties.
     Screw bolt, a bolt having a screw thread on its shank, in
        distinction from a key bolt. See 1st Bolt, 3.
     Screw box, a device, resembling a die, for cutting the
        thread on a wooden screw.
     Screw dock. See under Dock.
     Screw engine, a marine engine for driving a screw
     Screw gear. See Spiral gear, under Spiral.
     Screw jack. Same as Jackscrew.
     Screw key, a wrench for turning a screw or nut; a spanner
     Screw machine.
         (a) One of a series of machines employed in the
             manufacture of wood screws.
         (b) A machine tool resembling a lathe, having a number of
             cutting tools that can be caused to act on the work
             successively, for making screws and other turned
             pieces from metal rods.
     Screw pine (Bot.), any plant of the endogenous genus
        Pandanus, of which there are about fifty species,
        natives of tropical lands from Africa to Polynesia; --
        named from the spiral arrangement of the pineapple-like
     Screw plate, a device for cutting threads on small screws,
        consisting of a thin steel plate having a series of
        perforations with internal screws forming dies.
     Screw press, a press in which pressure is exerted by means
        of a screw.
     Screw propeller, a screw or spiral bladed wheel, used in
        the propulsion of steam vessels; also, a steam vessel
        propelled by a screw.
     Screw shell (Zool.), a long, slender, spiral gastropod
        shell, especially of the genus Turritella and allied
        genera. See Turritella.
     Screw steamer, a steamship propelled by a screw.
     Screw thread, the spiral rib which forms a screw.
     Screw stone (Paleon.), the fossil stem of an encrinite.
     Screw tree (Bot.), any plant of the genus Helicteres,
        consisting of about thirty species of tropical shrubs,
        with simple leaves and spirally twisted, five-celled
        capsules; -- also called twisted-horn, and twisty.
     Screw valve, a stop valve which is opened or closed by a
     Screw worm (Zool.), the larva of an American fly
        ({Compsomyia macellaria), allied to the blowflies, which
        sometimes deposits its eggs in the nostrils, or about
        wounds, in man and other animals, with fatal results.
     Screw wrench.
         (a) A wrench for turning a screw.
         (b) A wrench with an adjustable jaw that is moved by a
     To put the screws on or To put the screw on, to use
        pressure upon, as for the purpose of extortion; to coerce.
     To put under the screw or To put under the screws, to
        subject to pressure; to force.
     Wood screw, a metal screw with a sharp thread of coarse
        pitch, adapted to holding fast in wood. See Illust. of
        Wood screw, under Wood.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Worm \Worm\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wormed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To work slowly, gradually, and secretly.
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           When debates and fretting jealousy
           Did worm and work within you more and more,
           Your color faded.                        --Herbert.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Worm \Worm\ (w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D.
     worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth.
     wa['u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli,
     Vermilion, Vermin.]
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     1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a
        serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [Archaic]
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              There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his
              hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang
              on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a
              murderer.                             --Tyndale
                                                    (Acts xxviii.
                                                    3, 4).
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              'T is slander,
              Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
              Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.      --Shak.
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              When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm,
              His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
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     2. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely
        without feet, or with very short ones, including a great
        variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
        Specifically: (Zool.)
        (a) Any helminth; an entozoon.
        (b) Any annelid.
        (c) An insect larva.
        (d) pl. Same as Vermes.
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     3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts
        one's mind with remorse.
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              The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
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     4. A being debased and despised.
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              I am a worm, and no man.              --Ps. xxii. 6.
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     5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm; as:
        (a) The thread of a screw.
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                  The threads of screws, when bigger than can be
                  made in screw plates, are called worms. --Moxon.
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        (b) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double
            corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
        (c) (Anat.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some
            animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta.
        (d) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound
            to economize space. See Illust. of Still.
        (e) (Mach.) A short revolving screw, the threads of which
            drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into
            its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing,
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     Worm abscess (Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation
        resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the
     Worm fence. See under Fence.
     Worm gear. (Mach.)
        (a) A worm wheel.
        (b) Worm gearing.
     Worm gearing, gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel
        working together.
     Worm grass. (Bot.)
        (a) See Pinkroot, 2
        (a) .
        (b) The white stonecrop ({Sedum album) reputed to have
            qualities as a vermifuge. --Dr. Prior.
     Worm oil (Med.), an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained
        from the seeds of Chenopodium anthelminticum.
     Worm powder (Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
     Worm snake. (Zool.) See Thunder snake
        (b), under Thunder.
     Worm tea (Med.), an anthelmintic tea or tisane.
     Worm tincture (Med.), a tincture prepared from dried
        earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. [Obs.]
     Worm wheel, a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the
        spiral spaces of a screw called a worm, so that the wheel
        may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; -- called also
        worm gear, and sometimes tangent wheel. See Illust. of
        Worm gearing, above.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Worm \Worm\, v. t.
     1. To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and
        secret means; -- often followed by out.
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              They find themselves wormed out of all power.
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              They . . . wormed things out of me that I had no
              desire to tell.                       --Dickens.
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     2. To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge
        from, as a firearm. See Worm, n. 5
        (b) .
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     3. To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of, as a
        dog, for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw.
        The operation was formerly supposed to guard against
        canine madness.
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              The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties,
              wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier
              puppies.                              --Sir W.
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     4. (Naut.) To wind rope, yarn, or other material, spirally
        round, between the strands of, as a cable; to wind with
        spun yarn, as a small rope.
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              Ropes . . . are generally wormed before they are
              served.                               --Totten.
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     To worm one's self into, to enter into gradually by arts
        and insinuations; as, to worm one's self into favor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied
           animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha
           and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many
           insect larvae
      2: a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving
         of respect [syn: worm, louse, insect, dirt ball]
      3: a software program capable of reproducing itself that can
         spread from one computer to the next over a network; "worms
         take advantage of automatic file sending and receiving
         features found on many computers"
      4: screw thread on a gear with the teeth of a worm wheel or rack
      v 1: to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when
           struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The
           child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace" [syn:
           writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "worm":
     amble, angleworm, animal, armyworm, beast, blast, blight, blighter,
     bollworm, bookworm, cancer, canker, claudicate, contort, corkscrew,
     cotton worm, crawl, creep, crinkle, cur, dog, dogtrot, drag,
     drag along, drag out, dry rot, earthworm, earworm, edge in,
     fireworm, fishworm, foist, fungus, go dead slow, go on tiptoe,
     go slow, grovel, gumshoe, helminth, hobble, hound, hyena, idle,
     inch, inch along, inchworm, infiltrate, insect, intort, jog-trot,
     laze, leech, limp, looper, lowlife, meander, measuring worm,
     mildew, mold, mongrel, mosey, moth, moth and rust, mucker, must,
     nematode, night crawler, nightwalk, nightwalker, no-good, pad,
     pest, pig, poke, poke along, polecat, prowl, pussyfoot, reptile,
     rot, rust, saunter, scallop, scrabble, scramble, screw, serpent,
     serpentine, shuffle along, sidle, silkworm, skunk, slink, smut,
     snake, sneak, squiggle, squirm, stagger along, steal, steal along,
     stroll, swine, swirl, tapeworm, tippytoe, tiptoe, toddle,
     toddle along, totter along, traipse, turn, tussah, twine, twirl,
     twist, twist and turn, varmint, vermin, viper, waddle, walk,
     webworm, whelp, whirl, whorl, wiggle, wind, wireworm, woodworm,
     work in, worm along, wring, writhe

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Write Once Read Many (CD)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [from tapeworm in John Brunner's novel The Shockwave Rider, via XEROX PARC]
      A program that propagates itself over a network, reproducing itself as it
      goes. Compare virus. Nowadays the term has negative connotations, as it
      is assumed that only crackers write worms. Perhaps the best-known example
      was Robert T. Morris's Great Worm of 1988, a ?benign? one that got out of
      control and hogged hundreds of Suns and VAXen across the U.S. See also {
      cracker, RTM, Trojan horse, ice.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      (From "Tapeworm" in John Brunner's
     novel "The Shockwave Rider", via XEROX PARC) A program that
     propagates itself over a network, reproducing itself as it
     goes.  Compare virus.  Nowadays the term has negative
     connotations, as it is assumed that only crackers write
     Perhaps the best-known example was the Great Worm.
     Compare Trojan horse.
     [{Jargon File]

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Write-Once Read-Many
      (WORM) Any type of storage medium to which data can
     be written to only a single time, but can be read from any
     number of times.  Typically this is an optical disk whose
     surface is permanently etched using a laser in order to record
     information.  WORM media have a significantly longer shelf
     life than magnetic media and thus are used when data must be
     preserved for a long time.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (1.) Heb. sas (Isa. 51:8), denotes the caterpillar of the
       (2.) The manna bred worms (tola'im), but on the Sabbath there
     was not any worm (rimmah) therein (Ex. 16:20, 24). Here these
     words refer to caterpillars or larvae, which feed on corrupting
       These two Hebrew words appear to be interchangeable (Job 25:6;
     Isa. 14:11). Tola'im in some places denotes the caterpillar
     (Deut. 28:39; Jonah 4:7), and rimmah, the larvae, as bred from
     putridity (Job 17:14; 21:26; 24:20). In Micah 7:17, where it is
     said, "They shall move out of their holes like worms," perhaps
     serpents or "creeping things," or as in the Revised Version,
     "crawling things," are meant.
       The word is used figuratively in Job 25:6; Ps. 22:6; Isa.
     41:14; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; Isa. 66:24.

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