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Definitions of insect

  1. has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  2. small air- breathing arthropod
  3. a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  4. One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
  5. Any air- breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
  6. Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
  7. Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
  8. Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.
  9. Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.
  10. Insects are a class, Insecta, of Arthropoda whose members are characterized by division into three parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. They are the dominant group of animals on earth, several hundred thousand different kinds having been described. They have lived on earth for about 350 million years, as compared with less than 2 million for man. While insects are often commercially valuable and useful as scavengers, many species are harmful, causing enormous losses in agriculture and storage. Three orders, HEMIPTERA, DIPTERA, and Siphonaptera, are of medical interest in that they cause disease in man and animal. ( From Dorland, 27th ed; Borror et al., An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 4th ed, p1)
  11. One of a numerous class of animals, the Insecta, having no skeletons, including bugs, bees, etc.
  12. An invertebrate creature, with many legs, and usually with fully developed or rudimentary wings, the body of which is divided into segments comprising head, thorax, and abdomen; the term is loosely applied to legged terrestrial invertebrates of many kinds, whether segmented or not.
  13. A small animal, as a wasp or fly, with a body as if cut in the middle, or divided into sections: anything small or contemptible.
  14. Like an insect: small: mean.
  15. Small animal with six legs, and no internal skeleton.
  16. A small six legged animal, having the body divided into segments, as a bee, fly, wasp, or the like.
  17. Loosely, any small invertebrate; bug.
  18. Pertaining to or like an insect; small; mean; contemptible.
  19. A small animal, being one of a class of articulated animals, with a body composed of three distinct parts, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen; anything small or contemptible.
  20. A small creeping or flying animal, such as the fly, bee, & c., whose body appears cut or almost divided into parts.
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Usage examples for insect

  1. You should have thought of that, Ana, instead of suffering your mind to be led astray by an insect sitting on his hand, which is just what he meant that you should do. – Moon of Israel by H. Rider Haggard
  2. The mode of operation with this net is very simple: if some insect is seen swimming in the water, the net is carefully brought beneath the specimen, which is thus lifted out of the water. – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects by C. V. Riley
  3. Only the sun makes shining patches on the water, while now and again dragon- flies dart through the sleepy hum of insect life, like bright thoughts flashing across a reverie. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  4. It is as favourable to insect life as it is to vegetable life. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy
  5. We went together, after a while, to his rooms, and when he had submitted to Kerry's welcome, we carefully examined the beautiful insect he had captured. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  6. It is necessary to learn for each insect which stage has been chosen for the purpose, and if possible to find the reasons for the choice. – Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
  7. The plural of fly, the insect is formed in the usual manner, but fly, a light carriage, adds s; as, " Six flys carried the guests to their homes." – Slips of Speech by John H. Bechtel
  8. The various stages and the different developments of insect life were next to be considered. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. Floor by floor, inch by inch, the enormous elevator, that would crush out Locke's life as though he were an insect continued to descend. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  10. But they, of course, will be supreme in the insect world as they are in the animal world. – The Raid on the Termites by Paul Ernst
  11. Pierre and Marie scarcely touched the soil: it was as if wings had come to them, and were carrying them on with a regular flight, through alternate patches of shade and sunshine, and all the scattered vitality of the far- reaching, quivering forest, with its mosses, its sources, its animal and its insect life. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  12. There were enormous cases filled with specimens of every sort of bird, butterfly or insect – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  13. The insect tribe seem to be more numerous. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  14. This was particularly the case when a solitary insect came along. – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies
  15. We will sketch briefly the main features of the life- story of such an insect – The Life-Story of Insects by Geo. H. Carpenter
  16. Insect societies probably have a language, and this language must be adapted, like that of man, to the necessities of life in common. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  17. 143. " Each bird, and each insect is happy in its kind." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. What would be the use of seeing an insect if it could not fly fast enough to catch it? – The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley
  19. The smallest insect feeding upon one of its tiny roots will cause it to die. – Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians by Charles Ebert Orr
  20. Sighting not so much as a water insect or a curious fish, he pulled off his boots, rolled up his breeches and waded in. – Voodoo Planet by Andrew North
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