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Topic: COMPUTERS

Language: Old English
Origin: wyrm 'snake, worm'

worm

1 noun
     
worm1 [countable]
1 a long thin creature with no bones and no legs that lives in soil earthworm, lugworm
2 the young form of an insect, which looks like a short worm glow-worm, silkworm, woodworm
3

have worms

MI if a person or animal has worms, they have legless parasites (=small creatures that eat their food or their blood) in their body roundworm, tapeworm
4 someone who you do not like or respect
5TD a type of computer virus that can make copies of itself and destroy information on computers that are connected to each other
6

the worm turns

literary used to say that someone who normally obeys someone without complaining suddenly refuses to do this

➔ can of worms

at can2 (4)
WORD FOCUS: computer WORD FOCUS: computer
people who work with computers: user, programmer, web designer, IT person, software engineer, (systems) analyst, administrator, webmaster, helpdesk, techie informal, geek disapproving informal

someone who tries to break into a computer system: hacker, cracker

things you do with your computer: start up/power up your computer
open
a file or document
enter
information
click on
an icon
cut and paste
pieces of text
copy
files or programs
scroll up and down
the page
delete
things you do not want
download
files or pictures from the Internet
burn
CDs or DVDs
close
a file or document
save
your work
shut down
your computer

computer problems: bug, virus, error, corrupted file/data, crash, worm
computer

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