Found 2 items, similar to worm fence.
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Definition: worm fence
n : rail fence consisting of a zigzag of interlocking rails
[syn: snake fence
, snake-rail fence
, Virginia fence
English → English
Definition: Worm fence
(w[^u]rm), n. [OE. worm, wurm, AS. wyrm; akin to D.
worm, OS. & G. wurm, Icel. ormr, Sw. & Dan. orm, Goth.
wa['u]rms, L. vermis, Gr. ? a wood worm. Cf. Vermicelli
1. A creeping or a crawling animal of any kind or size, as a
serpent, caterpillar, snail, or the like. [Archaic]
There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his
hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang
on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a
'T is slander,
Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile. --Shak.
When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm,
His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
2. Any small creeping animal or reptile, either entirely
without feet, or with very short ones, including a great
variety of animals; as, an earthworm; the blindworm.
(a) Any helminth; an entozo["o]n.
(b) Any annelid.
(c) An insect larva.
(d) pl. Same as Vermes
3. An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts
one's mind with remorse.
The worm of conscience still begnaw thy soul!
4. A being debased and despised.
I am a worm, and no man. --Ps. xxii. 6.
5. Anything spiral, vermiculated, or resembling a worm; as:
(a) The thread of a screw.
The threads of screws, when bigger than can be
made in screw plates, are called worms. --Moxon.
(b) A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double
corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
(c) (Anat.) A certain muscular band in the tongue of some
animals, as the dog; the lytta. See Lytta
(d) The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound
to economize space. See Illust. of Still
(e) (Mach.) A short revolving screw, the threads of which
drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel by gearing into
its teeth or cogs. See Illust. of Worm gearing
(Med.), an abscess produced by the irritation
resulting from the lodgment of a worm in some part of the
. See under Fence
(a) A worm wheel.
(b) Worm gearing.
, gearing consisting of a worm and worm wheel
(a) See Pinkroot
(b) The white stonecrop (Sedum album
) reputed to have
qualities as a vermifuge. --Dr. Prior.
(Med.), an anthelmintic consisting of oil obtained
from the seeds of Chenopodium anthelminticum
(Med.), an anthelmintic powder.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Thunder snake
(b), under Thunder
(Med.), an anthelmintic tea or tisane.
(Med.), a tincture prepared from dried
earthworms, oil of tartar, spirit of wine, etc. [Obs.]
, a cogwheel having teeth formed to fit into the
spiral spaces of a screw called a worm, so that the wheel
may be turned by, or may turn, the worm; -- called also
, and sometimes tangent wheel
. See Illust. of
(f[e^]ns), n. [Abbrev. from defence.]
1. That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a
protection; a cover; security; shield.
Let us be backed with God and with the seas,
Which he hath given for fence impregnable. --Shak.
A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.
2. An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any
object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron,
or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from
without or straying from within.
Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.
Note: In England a hedge, ditch, or wall, as well as a
structure of boards, palings, or rails, is called a
3. (Locks) A projection on the bolt, which passes through the
tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.
4. Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice
of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and
repartee. See Fencing
Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,
That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.
Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.
5. A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are
received. [Slang] --Mayhew.
(Forest Law), the month in which female deer
are fawning, when hunting is prohibited. --Bullokar.
, a covering for defense. “They fitted their
shields close to one another in manner of a fence roof.”
, the breeding time of fish or game, when they
should not be killed.
, a fence made of rails, sometimes supported by
, a fence which encircles a large area, or a
whole estate, within one inclosure.
, a zigzag fence composed of rails crossing one
another at their ends; -- called also snake fence
Virginia rail fence
To be on the fence
, to be undecided or uncommitted in
respect to two opposing parties or policies. [Colloq.]