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Worms

 (wûrmz, vôrms)
A city of southwest Germany on the Rhine River north-northwest of Mannheim. It is noted as the site of the Diet of Worms (1521) in which Martin Luther refused to recant his beliefs and was outlawed by the Roman Catholic Church.

worms

(wɜːmz)
n
(Pathology) (functioning as singular) any disease or disorder, usually of the intestine, characterized by infestation with parasitic worms

Worms

(wɜːmz; German vɔrms)
n
(Placename) a city in SW Germany, in Rhineland-Palatinate on the Rhine: famous as the seat of imperial diets, notably that of 1521, before which Luther defended his doctrines in the presence of Charles V; river port and manufacturing centre with a large wine trade. Pop: 81 100 (2003 est)

Worms

(wɜrmz; Ger. vɔrms)

n.
1. a city in E Rhineland-Palatinate, in SW Germany. 71,827.
2. Diet of, the council, or diet, held here (1521) at which Luther was condemned as a heretic.

worms

  • can of worms - Based on an image of a container of maggots for use as fish bait.
  • food for worms, food for fishes - A dead human being is food for worms; a drowning victim is food for fishes.
  • silkworm - Is not a worm, but a caterpillar.
  • wormwood - There are no worms or wood involved in wormwood, which is an alteration of the word wermod, a plant used for making vermouth, absinthe and medicine.

Worms

See also zoology.

the branch of zoology that studies worms, especially parasitic worms. — helminthologist, n.helminthologic, helminthologieal, adj.
an abnormal fear of being infested with worms.
an abnormal fear of worms.
a study of worms.
the breeding and raising of silk worms for the production of silk. — sericulturist, n.sericultural, adj.
an agent or preparation for killing tapeworms. — taeniacidal, teniacidal, adj.
Rare. helminthology. — vermeologist, n.
a substance for killing worms, especially intestinal worms, in animals or humans. Cf. vermifuge.
motion similar to that of a worm. See also motion; ornamentation.
a drug for expelling worms from the intestinal tract. Cf. vermicide. — vermifuge, adj.
the state or process of being infested with worms or vermin.
an abnormal fear of worms.
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References in classic literature ?
With a spade I turned up the black ground while she ran about laughing and pretending to be afraid of the worms I uncovered.
There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,--when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation.
Their generally quiet, yet often brisk, and constantly diversified talk, one to another, or sometimes in soliloquy,--as they scratched worms out of the rich, black soil, or pecked at such plants as suited their taste,--had such a domestic tone, that it was almost a wonder why you could not establish a regular interchange of ideas about household matters, human and gallinaceous.
I have heard him smack his lips over dinners, every guest at which, except himself, had long been food for worms.
In two or three little centuries it had converted a nation of men to a nation of worms.
Right under us a narrow ledge rose up out of the valley, with a green, slanting, bench-shaped top, and grouped about upon this green-baize bench were a lot of black and white sheep which looked merely like oversized worms.
The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails
Tha'll see him flyin' backward an' for'ard carryin' worms nigh as big as himsel' an' that much noise goin' on in th' nest when he gets there as fair flusters him so as he scarce knows which big mouth to drop th' first piece in.
I cannot tell whether I were more pleased or mortified to observe, in those solitary walks, that the smaller birds did not appear to be at all afraid of me, but would hop about within a yard's distance, looking for worms and other food, with as much indifference and security as if no creature at all were near them.
I had no hopes to give her, nor treasures to offer her, for mine are given to Dulcinea, and the treasures of knights-errant are like those of the fairies,' illusory and deceptive; all I can give her is the place in my memory I keep for her, without prejudice, however, to that which I hold devoted to Dulcinea, whom thou art wronging by thy remissness in whipping thyself and scourging that flesh- would that I saw it eaten by wolves- which would rather keep itself for the worms than for the relief of that poor lady.
They filled these with water, and all the electric heat from the piles was thrown through the worms bathed in the liquid.
Twenty Sioux had fallen mortally wounded to the ground, and the wheels crushed those who fell upon the rails as if they had been worms.