/ w\:m; w[m/ n
(a) [C] small long thin creeping animal with a soft rounded or flattened body and no backbone or limbs 蠕虫: There are a lot of worms in the soil. 泥土中有许多蠕虫. * an `earthworm 蚯蚓. (b) [pl] worm that causes disease by living as a parasite in the intestines of a person or an animal 肠道寄生虫: The dog has worms. 这条狗有肠道寄生虫. (c) (esp in compounds尤用以构成复合词) worm-like larva of an insect, esp in fruit or wood （似蠕虫的）昆虫幼虫（尤指果实或木中的）: The apples are full of worms. 这些苹果生了很多虫子. * `woodworm 蛀木虫 * `silkworm 蚕.
(usu sing 通常作单数) (derog 贬) person considered weak and insignificant and who is not respected by others 懦弱的﹑ 无足轻重的且不受尊重的人.
spiral part of a screw （螺钉的）螺旋部分.
(idm 习语) a can of worms => can1. the early bird catches the worm => early. the ,worm will `turn even a person who is normally quiet and does not complain will assert himself or rebel in an intolerable situation 老实人忍不住也得反抗.
> worm v
1 [Tn] treat (an animal, usu a cat or a dog) in order to get rid of the worms living in its intestines 为（动物, 通常指猫狗）驱虫: We'll have to worm the dog, ie by giving it medicine. 我们得给这条狗打打虫子了.
2 (phr v) worm one's way/oneself along, through,
etc move in the specified direction by crawling or wriggling, esp slowly or with difficulty 沿某方向爬行或蠕动（尤指缓慢而艰难地）: They had to worm their way through the narrow tunnel. 他们得钻过狭窄的隧道. worm one's way/oneself into sth (usu derog 通常作贬义) establish oneself in sb's affection, confidence, etc, esp in order to deceive 获得某人的好感﹑ 信任等（尤指为行骗）: She used flattery to worm her way/herself into his confidence. 她用阿谀奉承的手段骗取他的信任. worm sth out (of sb) obtain information (from sb) slowly and cunningly （从某人处）缓慢而狡诈地获取情报: Eventually they wormed the truth out of her. 他们最後从她那里得知了真相.
wormy adj 1 containing many worms 有很多蠕虫的: wormy soil 有很多蠕虫的土壤. 2 damaged by worms; wormeaten 被蠕虫损坏的; 蠕虫蛀的: a wormy apple 生虫的苹果.
# `worm-cast n small tubular pile of earth that is pushed up to the surface of the ground by an earthworm 蚯蚓粪.
`wormeaten adj full of worm-holes 有很多蠕虫蛀的洞的.
`worm-hole n hole left in wood, fruit, etc by a worm （木材﹑ 果实等上面的）由蠕虫蛀成的洞.