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Definitions of virus

  1. ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid ( DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
  2. ( virology) ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts; many are pathogenic; a piece of nucleic acid ( DNA or RNA) wrapped in a thin coat of protein
  3. a software program capable of reproducing itself and usually capable of causing great harm to files or other programs on the same computer; " a true virus cannot spread to another computer without human assistance"
  4. a harmful or corrupting agency; " bigotry is a virus that must not be allowed to spread"; " the virus of jealousy is latent in everyone"
  5. The special contagion, inappreciable to the senses and acting in exceedingly minute quantities, by which a disease is introduced into the organism and maintained there.
  6. Fig.: Any morbid corrupting quality in intellectual or moral conditions; something that poisons the mind or the soul; as, the virus of obscene books.
  7. Contagious or poisonous matter, as of specific ulcers, the bite of snakes, etc.; - applied to organic poisons.
  8. Poison; the poisonous matter produced by disease, containing the germs that cause the disease; hence, anything that poisons the mind or soul, as treachery.
  9. VIRULENCE.
  10. A slimy liquid: contagious or poisonous matter ( as of ulcers, etc.): the poison which causes infection: any foul, hurtful matter.
  11. Contagious matter from ulcers, & c.; poison.
  12. A morbid poison that is the means of communioating infectious disease.
  13. Active or contagious matter of an ulcer, pustule, & c.; a poisonous principle or matter which engenders a zymotic disease.
  14. The contagious or poisonous matter of an ulcer or a pustule, & c.; any foul hurtful matter.
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Usage examples for virus

  1. You apprehend the effects of the virus? – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  2. I've had the virus for months. – Mate in Two Moves by Winston Marks
  3. I doubt whether the smallest particle of virus mingled with your blood; and if it did, let me assure you that, young, healthy, faultlessly sound as you are, no harm will ensue. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  4. No need of any virus on the point of that weapon, for it had cloven the heart of the lion in twain, and he went down without a single groan, as dead as dead could be. – The Land of Mystery by Edward S. Ellis
  5. He knew that as that fatal blow had been delivered, there was no thought of punishment- it was blind anger and hatred: it was the ancient virus working which had filled the world with war, and armed it at the expense, the bitter and oppressive expense, of the toilers and the poor. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  6. After about two years the Virus had permeated his System, and he was a regular Brahmsite. – Ade's Fables by George Ade
  7. Unlike a virus, a worm doesn't latch onto a data file or a program. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  8. I don't have Murt's Virus. – Mate in Two Moves by Winston Marks
  9. Nevertheless the moral virus took effect here and there all over the country, and it is doing its deadly work in secret in many an otherwise happy home. – Modern Spiritualism by Uriah Smith
  10. " These two months since we had our shots have witnessed a battle to the death between our bodies and the virus. – The Coffin Cure by Alan Edward Nourse
  11. Miss Salmon, who would have made a saint impatient, made Rosalie, who was not a saint, very impatient and the virus of this impatience was that very soon Rosalie made no attempt to conceal it. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  12. Through the press, an unconscious instrument of his purpose, the astute premier has inoculated them with the virus of militant patriotism. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  13. Any one who came to take her place might be infected with the virus of Unionism. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  14. But still, superstition is part of the virus which fills the gambler's blood, and she had certainly won a considerable part of the money Count Paul had lost to- night. – The Chink in the Armour by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  15. Up to now they have been Spanish novels written for Spaniards; it is only with Sangre y Arena that the virus of a European reputation shows results. – Rosinante to the Road Again by John Dos Passos
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