Worm abscess
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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

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). [1913 Webster]

'T is slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm, His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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: (Zo["o]l.) (a) Any helminth; an entozo["o]n. (b) Any annelid. (c) An insect larva. (d) pl. Same as {Vermes}. [1913 Webster]

3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse. [1913 Webster]

The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A being debased and despised. [1913 Webster]

I am a worm, and no man. --Ps. xxii. 6. [1913 Webster]

5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm; as: (a) The thread of a screw. [1913 Webster]

The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms. --Moxon. [1913 Webster] (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}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Worm abscess} (Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the body.

{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}. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]


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