Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See measuring worm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The larva of a moth of the family Geometridae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The larva of any geometrid moth. It progresses forward by first bringing the rear end of the body forward, forming a loop, then moving the front part of the body; called also measuring worm, measuringworm, spanner, and looper. See geometrid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dropworm or measuring-worm. See looper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae

Etymologies

From inch + worm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For him, every human being on the planet is an "inchworm," a "pygmy" or a "cretin," save for the couple of friends he can share his profound visions of negativity with.

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  • Students have some math work posted outside where they measured objects using an "inchworm" ruler.

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  • He does this funny inchworm-style creep where he bunches his knees up and then pushes his body forward.

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  • This is "used in combination with a grasping mouth to move like an inchworm up rocks."

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  • She's a snake charmer, a mambo rider, a serpent-wrangler and inchworm-eater and Cave is her willing accomplice.

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  • Still, the vine pulled away ahead of them, arching like an inchworm as it retracted.

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  • I only think that we are only superior to the inchworm.

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  • Endless traffic lights, endless construction and traffic that moves like an inchworm for four miles between Seventh Street NW and Bladensburg Road.

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  • It seems the inchworm mentality behind it overrides all reason.

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  • The project consists of an eight-foot (2. 5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant's trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity.

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