Word:

Bug

Pronunciation: bŭg
n.1.A bugbear; anything which terrifies.
2.(Zool.) A general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc.
3.(Zool.) An insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug (Cimex lectularius). See Bedbug.
4.(Zool.) One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle.
5.(Zool.) One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc.
6.(Computers) An error in the coding of a computer program, especially one causing the program to malfunction or fail. See, for example, year 2000 bug.
7.Any unexpected defect or flaw, such as in a machine or a plan.
8.A hidden electronic listening device, used to hear or record conversations surreptitiously.
9.An infectious microorganism; a germ{4}.
10.An undiagnosed illness, usually mild, believed to be caused by an infectious organism.
11.An enthusiast; - used mostly in combination, as a camera bug.
Bait bug
See under Bait.
Bug word
swaggering or threatening language.
- Beau. & Fl.
v. t.1.to annoy; to bother or pester.
Noun1.Bugbug - general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
2.bug - a fault or defect in a system or machine
Synonyms: glitch
3.bug - a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
4.bug - insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
5.Bugbug - a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
Synonyms: microbe, germ
Verb1.bug - annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
2.bug - 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?"
Synonyms: wiretap, intercept, tap
(programming)bug - An unwanted and unintended property of a program or piece of hardware, especially one that causes it to malfunction. Antonym of feature. E.g. "There's a bug in the editor: it writes things out backward." The identification and removal of bugs in a program is called "debugging".

Admiral Grace Hopper (an early computing pioneer better known for inventing COBOL) liked to tell a story in which a technician solved a glitch in the Harvard Mark II machine by pulling an actual insect out from between the contacts of one of its relays, and she subsequently promulgated bug in its hackish sense as a joke about the incident (though, as she was careful to admit, she was not there when it happened). For many years the logbook associated with the incident and the actual bug in question (a moth) sat in a display case at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The entire story, with a picture of the logbook and the moth taped into it, is recorded in the "Annals of the History of Computing", Vol. 3, No. 3 (July 1981), pp. 285--286.

The text of the log entry (from September 9, 1947), reads "1545 Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay. First actual case of bug being found". This wording establishes that the term was already in use at the time in its current specific sense - and Hopper herself reports that the term "bug" was regularly applied to problems in radar electronics during WWII.

Indeed, the use of "bug" to mean an industrial defect was already established in Thomas Edison's time, and a more specific and rather modern use can be found in an electrical handbook from 1896 ("Hawkin's New Catechism of Electricity", Theo. Audel & Co.) which says: "The term "bug" is used to a limited extent to designate any fault or trouble in the connections or working of electric apparatus." It further notes that the term is "said to have originated in quadruplex telegraphy and have been transferred to all electric apparatus."

The latter observation may explain a common folk etymology of the term; that it came from telephone company usage, in which "bugs in a telephone cable" were blamed for noisy lines. Though this derivation seems to be mistaken, it may well be a distorted memory of a joke first current among *telegraph* operators more than a century ago!

Actually, use of "bug" in the general sense of a disruptive event goes back to Shakespeare! In the first edition of Samuel Johnson's dictionary one meaning of "bug" is "A frightful object; a walking spectre"; this is traced to "bugbear", a Welsh term for a variety of mythological monster which (to complete the circle) has recently been reintroduced into the popular lexicon through fantasy role-playing games.

In any case, in jargon the word almost never refers to insects. Here is a plausible conversation that never actually happened:

"There is a bug in this ant farm!"

"What do you mean? I don't see any ants in it."

"That's the bug."

[There has been a widespread myth that the original bug was moved to the Smithsonian, and an earlier version of this entry so asserted. A correspondent who thought to check discovered that the bug was not there. While investigating this in late 1990, your editor discovered that the NSWC still had the bug, but had unsuccessfully tried to get the Smithsonian to accept it - and that the present curator of their History of American Technology Museum didn't know this and agreed that it would make a worthwhile exhibit. It was moved to the Smithsonian in mid-1991, but due to space and money constraints has not yet been exhibited. Thus, the process of investigating the original-computer-bug bug fixed it in an entirely unexpected way, by making the myth true! - ESR]
To see a bug in your dream, suggests that you are worried about something. It is symbolic of your anxieties and/or fears. What is literally bugging you? Consider also the popular phrase "bitten by the bug" to imply your strong emotional ties or involvement to some activity/interest/hobby. Alternatively, the bug may be representative of your sexual thoughts.ALGOL, COBOL, FORTRAN, Mumbo Jumbo, abrade, addict, addle, addle the wits, adenovirus, aerobe, aerobic bacteria, aficionado, aggravate, agitate, alphabetic data, alphanumeric code, amoeba, anaerobe, anaerobic bacteria, angular data, apply pressure, arachnid, arthropod, assembler, attend, attend to, auscultate, bacillus, bacteria, bacterium, badger, bag, bait, ball up, balloon, be all ears, be at, becloud, bedazzle, bedevil, beetle, befuddle, belly, belly out, bend an ear, beset, besiege, bewilder, bigot, bilge, billow, binary digit, binary scale, binary system, bit, blandish, blemish, bogey, bogeyman, boggart, bogle, booger, boogerman, boogeyman, bother, bouge, bristle, brown off, buff, bugaboo, bugbear, bugger, bulge, bullyrag, burn up, buttonhole, byte, cajole, carp at, case, caterpillar, centipede, chafe, chilopod, chivy, cloud, coax, coccus, cock the ears, collector, command pulses, commands, compiler, computer code, computer language, computer program, confuse, control signals, controlled quantity, convulse, correcting signals, crack, crank, craze, crazy fancy, daddy longlegs, data, daze, dazzle, defection, deficiency, demon, devil, devotee, dilate, diplopod, discombobulate, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, disease-producing microorganism, disorganize, disorient, distemper, distend, distract, disturb, dog, drawback, dun, eager beaver, eavesdrop, echovirus, embarrass, embroil, energumen, entangle, enterovirus, enthusiasm, enthusiast, error, error signals, examine by ear, exasperate, exercise, exert pressure, faddist, failure, fan, fanatic, fanatico, fascination, fash, faute, fee-faw-fum, feedback pulses, feedback signals, fiend, film data, filterable virus, flummox, flurry, fluster, flutter, fly, fog, foible, frailty, freak, fret, fret at, fuddle, fungus, furor, furore, fuss, fuss at, gall, germ, get, give attention, give audience to, give ear, goggle, gram-negative bacteria, gram-positive bacteria, great one for, gripe, harass, hark, harry, harvestman, hassle, hear, hear out, hearken, heckle, heed, henpeck, hexadecimal system, hexapod, hobbyist, hole, hound, imperfection, importune, inadequacy, infatuate, infatuation, infirmity, information, input data, input quantity, insect, instructions, intercept, irk, kink, larva, lend an ear, listen, listen at, listen in, listen to, little problem, lunatic fringe, machine language, maggot, make a reconnaissance, mania, maniac, manic-depressive psychosis, maze, message, microbe, microorganism, microphone, miff, mike, millepede, millipede, mist, mite, mix up, moider, mold, molest, monomaniac, muddle, multiple messages, nag at, needle, nettle, nibble at, noise, nonfilterable virus, nudzh, numeric data, nut, nymph, octal system, oscillograph data, output data, output quantity, passion, pathogen, peck at, peep, peeve, perplex, persecute, perturb, pick at, pick on, picornavirus, pique, plague, play, play the spy, pluck the beard, ply, polar data, pooch, pop, pother, pouch, pout, press, pressure, problem, protozoa, protozoon, provoke, psych, punch-card data, pursuer, push, put out, put under surveillance, radiomicrophone, rage, raise hell, random data, rattle, reconnoiter, rectangular data, reference quantity, reovirus, rhapsodist, rhinovirus, rickettsia, ride, rift, rile, roil, round out, ruffle, ruly English, scorpion, scout, scout out, shortcoming, signals, single messages, sit in on, something missing, spider, spirillum, spirochete, spook, spore, spy, spy out, stake out, staphylococcus, streptococcus, sucker for, swell, swell out, taint, tap, tarantula, tease, throw, throw into confusion, tick, torment, trouble, try the patience, trypanosome, tweak the nose, unorganized data, unsettle, upset, urge, vibrio, virus, visible-speech data, visionary, vulnerable place, watch, weak link, weak point, wheedle, wiretap, work on, worry, yap at, zealot
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