Drag vs Worm - What's the difference?

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In context|computing|lang=en terms the difference between drag and worm

is that drag is (computing) to move a mouse cursor while holding down a button on the mouse, often to move something on the screen while worm is (computing) a self-replicating program that propagates through a network.

As verbs the difference between drag and worm

is that drag is to pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty while worm is to make (one's way) with a crawling motion.

As nouns the difference between drag and worm

is that drag is (uncountable) resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it or drag can be (uncountable|slang) women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment while worm is a generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.

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(wikipedia drag)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . More at (l).


  • To pull along a surface or through a medium, sometimes with difficulty.
  • To move slowly.
  • To act or proceed slowly or without enthusiasm; to be reluctant.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author= James R. Carter
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Flowers and Ribbons of Ice , passage=Dragging yourself out of a warm bed in the early hours of a wintry morning to go for a hike in the woods: It’s not an easy thing for some to do, but the visual treasures that await could be well worth the effort. If the weather conditions and the local flora are just right, you might come across fleeting, delicate frozen formations sprouting from certain plant stems, literally a garden of ice.}}
  • To move onward heavily, laboriously, or slowly; to advance with weary effort; to go on lingeringly.
  • * Byron
  • The day drags through, though storms keep out the sun.
  • * Gay
  • Long, open panegyric drags at best.
  • To draw along (something burdensome); hence, to pass in pain or with difficulty.
  • * Dryden
  • have dragged a lingering life
  • To serve as a clog or hindrance; to hold back.
  • * Russell
  • A propeller is said to drag when the sails urge the vessel faster than the revolutions of the screw can propel her.
  • (computing) To move (an item) on the computer display by means of a mouse or other input device.
  • To inadvertently rub or scrape on a surface.
  • To perform as a drag queen or drag king.
  • (soccer) To hit or kick off target.
  • * November 17 2012 , BBC Sport: Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham [http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20278355]
  • Arsenal were struggling for any sort of rhythm and Aaron Lennon dragged an effort inches wide as Tottenham pressed for a second.
  • To fish with a dragnet.
  • To break (land) by drawing a drag or harrow over it; to harrow.
  • (figurative) To search exhaustively, as if with a dragnet.
  • * Tennyson
  • while I dragged my brains for such a song
    Derived terms
    * drag one's feet * dragline * what the cat dragged in


  • (uncountable) Resistance of the air (or some other fluid) to something moving through it.
  • When designing cars, manufacturers have to take drag into consideration.
  • (countable, foundry) The bottom part of a sand casting mold.
  • (countable) A device dragged along the bottom of a body of water in search of something, e.g. a dead body, or in fishing.
  • (countable, informal) A puff on a cigarette or joint.
  • (countable, slang) Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating; an obstacle to progress or enjoyment.
  • Travelling to work in the rush hour is a real drag .
  • * J. D. Forbes
  • My lectures were only a pleasure to me, and no drag .
  • (countable, slang) Someone or something that is disappointing.
  • (countable, slang) Horse-drawn wagon or buggy.
  • (Thackeray)
  • (countable, slang) Street, as in 'main drag'.
  • (countable) The scent-path left by dragging a fox, for training hounds to follow scents.
  • to run a drag
  • (countable, snooker) A large amount of backspin on the cue ball, causing the cue ball to slow down.
  • A heavy harrow for breaking up ground.
  • A kind of sledge for conveying heavy objects; also, a kind of low car or handcart.
  • a stone drag
  • (metallurgy) The bottom part of a flask or mould, the upper part being the cope.
  • (masonry) A steel instrument for completing the dressing of soft stone.
  • (nautical) The difference between the speed of a screw steamer under sail and that of the screw when the ship outruns the screw; or between the propulsive effects of the different floats of a paddle wheel.
  • Anything towed in the water to retard a ship's progress, or to keep her head up to the wind; especially, a canvas bag with a hooped mouth (drag sail), so used.
  • A skid or shoe for retarding the motion of a carriage wheel.
  • Motion affected with slowness and difficulty, as if clogged.
  • * Hazlitt
  • Had a drag in his walk.
    Derived terms
    * drag race * main drag

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from (etyl) Douglas Harper, "camp (n.)" in Online Etymology Dictionary , 2001ff


  • (uncountable, slang) Women's clothing worn by men for the purpose of entertainment.
  • He performed in drag .
  • (uncountable, slang) Any type of clothing or costume associated with a particular occupation or subculture.
  • corporate drag
    Derived terms
    * drag king * drag queen * drag show


    * Flight, 1913, p. 126] attributing to [[w:Archibald Low, Archibald Low] *




    (en noun)
  • A generally tubular invertebrate of the annelid phylum.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’}}
  • A contemptible or devious being.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxii. 6
  • I am a worm , and no man.
  • (computing) A self-replicating program that propagates through a network.
  • (cricket) A graphical representation of the total runs scored in an innings.
  • Anything helical, especially the thread of a screw.
  • * Moxon
  • The threads of screws, when bigger than can be made in screw plates, are called worms .
  • # A spiral instrument or screw, often like a double corkscrew, used for drawing balls from firearms.
  • # (anatomy) A muscular band in the tongue of some animals, such as dogs; the lytta.
  • # The condensing tube of a still, often curved and wound to save space.
  • # A short revolving screw whose threads drive, or are driven by, a worm wheel or rack by gearing into its teeth.
  • (archaic) A dragon or mythological serpent.
  • (obsolete) Any creeping or crawling animal, such as a snake, snail, or caterpillar.
  • * Tyndale (Acts xxviii. 3, 4)
  • There came a viper out of the heat, and leapt on his hand. When the men of the country saw the worm hang on his hand, they said, This man must needs be a murderer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • 'Tis slander, / Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue / Outvenoms all the worms of Nile.
  • * Longfellow
  • When Cerberus perceived us, the great worm , / His mouth he opened and displayed his tusks.
  • An internal tormentor; something that gnaws or afflicts one's mind with remorse.
  • Richard III ,
  • (math) A strip of linked tiles sharing parallel edges in a tiling.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (label) To make (one's way) with a crawling motion.
  • :
  • To work one's way by artful or devious means.
  • *(George Herbert) (1593-1633)
  • *:When debates and fretting jealousy / Did worm and work within you more and more, / Your colour faded.
  • To work (one's way or oneself) (into) gradually or slowly; to insinuate.
  • :
  • To effect, remove, drive, draw, or the like, by slow and secret means; often followed by out .
  • *(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • *:They find themselves wormed out of all power.
  • To "worm out of", to "drag out of" (often: "drag every word out of someone"), to get information that someone is reluctant or unwilling to give (through artful or devious means or by pleading or asking repeatedly). Often combined with expressions such as "It's like pulling teeth" or "It's like getting blood out of a stone".
  • *(Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
  • *:Theywormed things out of me that I had no desire to tell.
  • *
  • *:He nodded. "Mum's the word, Mrs. Bunting! It'll all be in the last editions of the evening newspapers—it can't be kep' out. There'd be too much of a row if twas!" ¶ "Are you going off to that public-house now?" she asked. ¶ "I've got a awk'ard job—to try and worm something out of the barmaid."
  • To fill in the contlines of a rope before parcelling and serving.
  • :
  • *1841 , Benjamin J. Totten], [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=w0VJAAAAYAAJ Naval Text-Book :
  • *:Ropesare generally wormed before they are served.
  • (label) To deworm an animal.
  • (label) To move with one's body dragging the ground.
  • *1919 , , How animals talk: and other pleasant studies of birds and beast?
  • *:Inch by inch I wormed along the secret passageway, flat to the ground, not once raising my head, hardly daring to pull a full breath.
  • (label) To cut the worm, or lytta, from under the tongue of (a dog, etc.) for the purpose of checking a disposition to gnaw, and formerly supposed to guard against canine madness.
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:The men assisted the laird in his sporting parties, wormed his dogs, and cut the ears of his terrier puppies.
  • (label) To clean by means of a worm; to draw a wad or cartridge from, as a firearm.
  • Derived terms

    * blindworm * bollworm * bookworm * cutworm * the early bird catches the worm * earthworm * fishing worm * flatworm * glowworm * hornworm * lugworm * penis worm * ringworm * silkworm * slowworm * tapeworm * woodworm * the worm has turned * wormhole * worm lizard * worm’s-eye view]], [[worm's eye view, worm’s eye view * wormwood * wormy

    See also

    * caterpillar * grub * lumbricine * maggot * Trojan horse * vermian * vermiform * virus


    * [http://www.thefreedictionary.com/worm] The Free Dictionary , Farlex Inc., 2010. ----