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Other Bug Definition

[n] a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
[n] general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
[n] insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
[n] a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
[n] a fault or defect in a system or machine
[v] annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
[v] tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

Misc. Definitions

\Bug\, n. [OE. bugge, fr. W. bwg, bwgan, hobgoblin, scarecrow, bugbear. Cf. {Bogey}, {Boggle}.]
1. A bugbear; anything which terrifies. [Obs.] Sir, spare your threats: The bug which you would fright me with I seek. --Shak.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc.
3. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the genus {Cimex}, especially the bedbug ({C. lectularius}). See {Bedbug}.
4. (Zo["o]l.) One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle.
5. (Zo["o]l.) One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc. Note: According to present popular usage in England, and among housekeepers in America, bug, when not joined with some qualifying word, is used specifically for bedbug. As a general term it is used very loosely in America, and was formerly used still more loosely in England. ``God's rare workmanship in the ant, the poorest bug that creeps.'' --Rogers (--Naaman). ``This bug with gilded wings.'' --Pope. {Bait bug}. See under {Bait}. {Bug word}, swaggering or threatening language. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

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