bug

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: bug

1
n
general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
2
v
annoy persistently
3
nv
a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
4
n
a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: bug
1

n general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate

Type of:
insect
small air-breathing arthropod

n insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis

Synonyms:
hemipteran, hemipteron, hemipterous insect
Types:
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leaf bug, plant bug
small bright-colored insect that feeds on plant juices
lygaeid, lygaeid bug
a true bug: usually bright-colored; pest of cultivated crops and some fruit trees
coreid, coreid bug
a true bug
Cimex lectularius, bed bug, bedbug, chinch
bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood
Notonecta undulata, backswimmer
predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites
true bug
any of various insects of the order Hemiptera and especially of the suborder Heteroptera
capsid, mirid, mirid bug
a variety of leaf bug
lace bug
small bug having body and wings covered with a lacy network of raised lines
Blissus leucopterus, chinch bug
small black-and-white insect that feeds on cereal grasses
Anasa tristis, squash bug
large black American bug that sucks sap of vines of the gourd family
leaf-foot bug, leaf-footed bug
large sap-sucking bug with leaflike expansions on the legs
Type of:
insect
small air-breathing arthropod

n a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

Synonyms:
germ, microbe
Type of:
micro-organism, microorganism
any organism of microscopic size
2

v annoy persistently

Synonyms:
badger, beleaguer, pester, tease
Type of:
bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate, rag, torment
treat cruelly
3

n a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly

Type of:
microphone, mike
device for converting sound waves into electrical energy

v tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

“Is this hotel room bugged?”
Synonyms:
intercept, tap, wiretap
Type of:
eavesdrop, listen in
listen without the speaker's knowledge
4

n a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine

Synonyms:
glitch
Type of:
defect, fault, flaw
an imperfection in an object or machine
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