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Definitions of insect

  1.   One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.
  2.   A small six legged animal, having the body divided into segments, as a bee, fly, wasp, or the like.
  3.   Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.
  4.   A small creeping or flying animal, such as the fly, bee, & c., whose body appears cut or almost divided into parts.
  5.   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.
  6.   small air- breathing arthropod
  7.   Small animal with six legs, and no internal skeleton.
  8.   Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.
  9.   Like an insect: small: mean.
  10.   has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  11.   Pertaining to or like an insect; small; mean; contemptible.
  12.   a person who has a nasty or unethical character undeserving of respect
  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; ephemeral.
  15.   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)
  16.   Any air- breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.
  17.   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.
  18.   One of a numerous class of animals, the Insecta, having no skeletons, including bugs, bees, etc.
  19.   Loosely, any small invertebrate; bug.
  20.   Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.

Quotes of insect

  1. None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue. – Mary Astell
  2. If you want to study one of these strange organisms, you had better have a good justification. It's not good to study gene organisation in some obscure insect that no one's ever heard about. – Thomas R. Cech
  3. What would be left of our tragedies if an insect were to present us his? – Emile M. Cioran
  4. If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect – Jacques Yves Cousteau
  5. We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect we wish to be created at once by special act. – Charles Darwin
  6. I've become a much more serious young insect – Andrew Denton
  7. Herein lies our problem. If we level that much land to grow rice and whatever, then no other animal could live there except for some insect pest species. Which is very unfortunate. – Steve Irwin
  8. A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but, one is but an insect and the other is a horse still. – Samuel Johnson
  9. The souls you have got cast upon the screen of publicity appear like the horrid and writhing creatures enlarged from the insect world, and revealed to us by the cinematograph. – James Larkin
  10. Anyway, the title The War of the Insect Gods came before we had that ending, before we knew they had become gods. That we knew the evolutionary cycle they went through. Before we even knew anything about that. We had an ending. – Michael O'Donoghue
  11. The transformation scene, where man is becoming insect and insect has become at least man and beyond that- a flying, godlike, shimmering, diaphanous, beautiful creature. – Michael O'Donoghue
  12. I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Usage examples for insect

  1. The insect tribe seem to be more numerous. ” – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. There were enormous cases filled with specimens of every sort of bird, butterfly or insect – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  6. The various stages and the different developments of insect life were next to be considered. ” – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  7. 143. " Each bird, and each insect is happy in its kind." ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. “ 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
  11. We will sketch briefly the main features of the life- story of such an insect – The Life-Story of Insects by Geo. H. Carpenter
  12. This was particularly the case when a solitary insect came along. ” – Wild Life in a Southern County by Richard Jefferies
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  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. 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
  20. 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