Definition of Bug

1. Noun. General term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate.

Generic synonyms: Insect
Derivative terms: Buggy

2. Verb. Annoy persistently. "Sam cannot bug Sue "; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
Exact synonyms: Badger, Beleaguer, Pester, Tease
Generic synonyms: Bedevil, Crucify, Dun, Frustrate, Rag, Torment
Derivative terms: Badgerer, Pesterer, Tease, Tease, Teaser

3. Noun. A fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine.
Exact synonyms: Glitch
Generic synonyms: Defect, Fault, Flaw

4. Verb. Tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information. "They want to bug the prisoners "; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
Exact synonyms: Intercept, Tap, Wiretap
Generic synonyms: Eavesdrop, Listen In
Derivative terms: Tap, Tapper, Wiretap, Wiretapper

5. Noun. A small hidden microphone; for listening secretly.
Generic synonyms: Microphone, Mike

6. Noun. Insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis.

7. Noun. A minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use.
Exact synonyms: Germ, Microbe
Generic synonyms: Micro-organism, Microorganism
Derivative terms: Germy, Microbial

Definition of Bug

1. n. A bugbear; anything which terrifies.

Definition of Bug

1. Proper noun. the Bug River, flowing northwest 450 mi. between Belarus and Poland. ¹

2. Proper noun. the Bug River in the Ukraine, flowing 530 mi. to the Dnieper estuary. ¹

3. Noun. An insect of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs"). ¹

4. Noun. (colloquial) Any insect, arachnid, or other terrestrial arthropod that is a pest. ¹

5. Noun. Various species of marine crustaceans; e.g. a Morton Bay bug. ¹

6. Noun. A problem that needs fixing, especially in computing. ¹

7. Noun. A contagious illness; a bacterium or virus causing it ¹

8. Noun. An enthusiasm for something; an obsession ¹

9. Noun. An electronic intercept device ¹

10. Noun. A small and and usually invisible file (traditionally a single-pixel image) on a World Wide Web page, primarily used to track users. ¹

11. Noun. A small, usually transparent or translucent image placed in a corner of a television program to indicate what network or cable channel is televising it ¹

12. Noun. (aviation) A manually positioned marker in flight instruments ¹

13. Noun. A semi-automated telegraph key ¹

14. Noun. (context: usually "the bug") (LGBT) The HIV. ¹

15. Verb. (context: informal transitive) To annoy. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To install an electronic listening device or devices in. ¹

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Definition of Bug

1. to annoy [v BUGGED, BUGGING, BUGS] - See also: annoy

Medical Definition of Bug

1. 1. A bugbear; anything which terrifies. "Sir, spare your threats: The bug which you would fright me with I seek." (Shak) 2. A general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc. 3. An insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug (C. Lectularius). See Bedbug. 4. One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle. 5. One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc. 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." . "This bug with gilded wings." . Bait bug. See Bait. Bug word, swaggering or threatening language. Origin: OE. Bugge, fr. W. Bwg, bwgan, hobgoblin, scarecrow, bugbear. Cf. Bogey, Boggle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bug

bufo bufo
bufo marinus
bufuralol 1'-hydroxylase
bug (current term)
bug-eyed monster
bug-eyed monsters
bug boy
bug juice
bug magnet

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