measuringworm
Inchworm Inch"worm`, n. (Zo["o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm}, {spanner}, and {looper}. See {Geometrid}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • measuringworm — /mezh euhr ing werrm /, n. the larva of any geometrid moth, which progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end. Also, measuring worm. Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm. [1835 45, Amer.; MEASURING + …   Universalium

  • measuringworm — meas′ur•ing•worm or meas′uring worm n. ent a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end Also called inchworm Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • measuringworm — /mezh euhr ing werrm /, n. the larva of any geometrid moth, which progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end. Also, measuring worm. Also called inchworm, looper, spanworm. [1835 45, Amer.; MEASURING + …   Useful english dictionary

  • Inchworm — Inch worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm}, {spanner} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • looper — Inchworm Inch worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • measuring — Inchworm Inch worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spanner — Inchworm Inch worm , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also {measuring} worm, {measuringworm},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inchworm — /inch werrm /, n. measuringworm. [1860 65; INCH1 + WORM] * * * …   Universalium

  • loop — loop1 /loohp/, n. 1. a portion of a cord, ribbon, etc., folded or doubled upon itself so as to leave an opening between the parts. 2. anything shaped more or less like a loop, as a line drawn on paper, a part of a letter, a part of a path, or a… …   Universalium

  • looper — /looh peuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that loops something or forms loops. 2. a measuringworm. 3. the thread holder in a sewing machine using two threads. 4. Baseball. blooper (def. 3a). [1725 35; LOOP1 + ER1] * * * or cankerworm or inchworm …   Universalium

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