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A caterpillar of a geometrid moth that moves by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called looper, measuring worm, spanworm.


(Animals) another name for a measuring worm


or meas′uring worm`,

a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm.
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Noun1.inchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segmentsinchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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shorn of its crown of accents, even so do I live,/ blind, like and/an inchworm, spanning my hand on the paper" (Foamy Sky 188).
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Not only does that not matter, but if that wrongness comes in the service of a reaching, the sense, to borrow a metaphor from Jeffrey Ford, of an inchworm at the end of a branch, stretching and repeatedly groping for something beyond, then it may even be something to celebrate.
The movement of the tip was controlled in the x, y, and z directions using optically encoded inchworm piezo motors.
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Even though from time to time he compromised his heart to accommodate to the world he would retract his traces like the inchworm so that the square inch space of his heart remained profoundly tranquil, and he would continue as before in mystic contemplation of hills and streams.
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