deworm(redirected from deworms)
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tr.v. de·wormed, de·worm·ing, de·worms
To cure (an animal) of worms; worm.
(Veterinary Science) to rid or free of worms
1. any of numerous long, slender, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates, including the roundworms, platyhelminths, acanthocephalans, nemerteans, horsehair worms, and annelids.
2. (loosely) any of numerous small creeping animals with more or less slender, elongated bodies, and without limbs or with very short ones.
3. something resembling or suggesting a worm in appearance, movement, etc.
4. a groveling, abject, or contemptible person.
5. the thread of a screw.
6. a rotating cylinder or shaft, cut with one or more helical threads, that engages with and drives a worm gear.
7. something that penetrates, injures, or consumes slowly or insidiously.
8. worms, (used with a sing. v.) any disease or disorder arising from the presence of parasitic worms in the intestines or other tissues; helminthiasis.
9. the lytta of a dog or other carnivorous animal.
10. computer code planted illegally in a software program so as to destroy data in any system that downloads the program, as by reformatting the hard disk.v.i.
11. to move or act like a worm; creep, crawl, or advance slowly, stealthily, or insidiously.v.t.
12. to cause to move in a devious or stealthy manner: a thief worming his hand into a coat pocket.
13. to get by persistent, insidious efforts (usu. fol. by out or from): to worm a secret out of someone.
14. to insinuate (oneself or one's way) into another's favor, confidence, etc.: He wormed his way into the king's favor.
15. to free from worms: to worm puppies.
16. Naut. to wind yarn or the like spirally round (a rope) so as to fill the spaces between the strands and render the surface smooth.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wyrm dragon, serpent, worm, c. Old Saxon, Old High German wurm, Old Norse ormr, Gothic waurms; akin to Latin vermis]
write once, read many (times): a technology that allows data to be written onto an optical disc only once.