Adjective "bug" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A harmful microorganism, typically a bacterium.
  1. 'The good things that can be said for it are that it kept well and it was free from harmful bugs, something that could not often be said of the local water supply.'
  2. 'A team from Manchester University has discovered that a blend of essential oils usually used in aromatherapy could eradicate the MRSA bug and other deadly bacteria.'
  3. 'An angry mother has hit out at the state of Central Park Swimming Pool after the council closed it following the discovery of the killer lung bug legionella.'
  4. 'These drugs fight the bugs by piercing the microbes and attacking their means of reproduction.'
  5. 'Some cases of gastritis are caused by an infection with the same bug that causes peptic ulcers.'
  6. 'It protected the patient against any harmful bugs and was absolutely necessary to carry out orthopaedic surgery.'
  7. 'In extreme cases, some of the bugs, bacteria and viruses in the water - like E-Coli - can cause severe vomiting, fevers and even death.'
  8. 'Although microbiologists have been aware of the bugs' existence, experts are now saying the bacteria have almost certainly spread to every hospital in Scotland.'
  9. 'Well, the immune system really is a surveillance mechanism for all sorts of bugs, viruses, bacteria etc.'
  10. 'This new test, though, looks specifically for DNA from the human papilloma virus, the bug linked to cervical cancer.'
  11. 'he'd just recovered from a flu bug'
  12. 'A flagship London heart hospital was forced to close for two weeks after 45 staff and patients became ill with a diarrhoea bug.'
  13. 'Overtraining depletes the bodily reserves, so when a flu bug or other illness starts making the rounds, the body is not ready to fight it off.'
  14. 'Bill Edmunds noticed that his young son seemed always to get a tummy bug right after his teeth had been painted with fluoride.'
  15. 'Told that the city just doesn't have the resources the health-care workers need to combat the spreading bug, the microbiologist finally snaps.'
  16. 'A school remained closed today after 150 pupils were struck down by a sickness bug.'
  17. 'One shot may be all your family needs to ward off the flu bug.'
  18. 'The flu bug is commonly believed to be a mere pest that can cause fever, nausea, and aches and pains - although it has had periods of pandemic proportions.'
  19. 'More cases of the killer bug are recorded in winter with children aged under five and between 15 and 17 at particular risk.'
  20. 'Sickness and diarrhoea bugs have swept through several wards at Burnley General Hospital - prompting bosses to call for unwell visitors to stay away.'
  21. 'Every day we are exposed to disease, to cold and flu bugs, to viruses of one sort or another.'
  22. 'He went to Belvedere College after that but by that stage, the jumping bug had well and truly bitten and he was commuting daily to get his fix.'
  23. 'One could fairly say, I think, that once a boater has settled into our marina, it's only a matter of time before the live-aboard bug bites.'
  24. 'And after a trip to South Korea in 1999 Nadim got the bug to make surveillance his career.'
  25. 'And now even Pidí himself has caught the ice hockey bug.'
  26. 'Bitten by the recording bug, Kate has just completed her debut album, which took two years to record.'
  27. 'Yes, the spring cleaning bug has bitten and God help anyone getting in my way.'
  28. 'The writing bug bit early in life. We all had chores to do at home, but I discovered that my sisters would do my jobs in return for a story of their own.'
A small insect.
  1. 'The chickens also have reduced the fire ant population by eating the bugs and seeds the ants would have sustained themselves on.'
  2. 'I observed small creatures: ants, bugs, moths, worms, all working their ways, digging in and out of the soil.'
  3. 'Aphids - these small bugs are green in the East, pink in the West, and can suck the life out of rosebuds and tender stems.'
  4. 'In ancient Egypt they worshipped all kinds of creatures even insects and bugs like a scarab beetle.'
  5. 'Frogs eat a number of different garden pests including slugs, ants and other bugs.'
  6. 'Birds, bees, butterflies, bugs, bats, native plants and night-scented flowers have all figured in my postbag in recent weeks.'
  7. 'Refrain from killing knowingly even the trifling insects like a louse, a bug or a mosquito.'
  8. 'Car-boot sales and second-hand furniture is another way bugs get into homes - bedbugs and fleas are prime beneficiaries of the trend, says Sheard.'
  9. '‘We were knee-deep in mud and mangroves being bitten by fire ants, leeches and bugs,’ he recalls.'
  10. 'Helena is fascinated by ants and bugs; Caroline by the stars in the heavens.'
An insect of a large order distinguished by having mouthparts that are modified for piercing and sucking.
  1. 'The insect families that scientists lump together as aphids belong to the huge order of true bugs, which typically deploy sucking mouthparts much like built-in soda straws.'
  2. 'Worldwide, stilt bugs are a relatively small group of unusual hemipterans, or true bugs, in the family Berytidae.'
A concealed miniature microphone, used for secret eavesdropping or recording.
  1. 'And it was then that agent had to install a bug with microphones inside the mayor's office.'
  2. 'That, according to sources, is a strong indication that it was the FBI's bug and they were the ones that put it there in the first place.'
  3. 'Nicky counted four phones in the house, after planting the bugs, he planted three microphones as well.'
  4. 'Under pressure from the Feds, Mark helped the FBI place a pea-sized bug in a home in a Boston suburb.'
  5. 'The courtroom was periodically swept for bugs.'
  6. 'Sir Alex Ferguson's match tactics and team talk were then taped by the mole tuning in to the bug's frequency and listening in on United's secrets.'
  7. 'Other figures, including LBJ and Martin Luther King are observed vicariously through wire taps or electronic bugs.'
An error in a computer program or system.
  1. 'In 1999, a software bug knocked out a nationwide paging system for a day.'
  2. 'Your particular problem is (in all likelihood) related to a bug in the program.'
  3. 'The former does it to update its rules, the latter to install new bugs on your system faster and more easily.'
  4. 'Rock Solid - Users do not need to worry about spyware, bugs, or computer crashes.'
  5. 'Worse, it is theoretically impossible to determine whether computer systems are free from programming bugs or nefarious code.'
  6. 'No matter how reliable the disk, bad blocks happen - errors in cache, firmware, hardware and bugs are all causes.'
  7. 'His teammates all agree that most of the teamwork happens in sharing the computer terminal and helping each other work bugs out of their programs.'
  8. 'He installed a firewall to protect against hackers, a virus protection program to stop online bugs.'
  9. 'The main causes are bugs and implementation errors in particular virtual machines.'
  10. 'What would happen to accountability if an attacker would find a bug in a program and use it in order to gain access to medical records?'


Conceal a miniature microphone in (a room or telephone) in order to eavesdrop on or record someone's conversations secretly.
  1. 'Each capability seems innocuous, but a hidden cellphone with both features can silently and automatically answer calls, establishing a radio link for bugging a room.'
  2. 'The documents reveal that during this time he bugged the phone of a county councillor.'
  3. 'During the second world war when she befriended the journalist and historian Joseph Lash, US counter-intelligence agents bugged a room in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago where they met.'
  4. 'Convinced that he has delivered evidence of his employer's wife's infidelity, Harry tries to intervene by bugging the hotel room where he fears that she will be murdered.'
  5. 'During the Second World War, British intelligence secretly bugged the cells occupied by some of the most senior German army, navy and air force commanders who had been captured by the Allies.'
  6. 'He also alleged that Angolan authorities were bugging his phone.'
  7. 'During the playoffs in '82, Michaels claimed Raiders owner Al Davis had bugged the locker room at the Los Angeles Coliseum.'
  8. 'They knew the rooms were bugged, so they'd come to the car and they'd take drives in the car and discuss their negotiating stances.'
  9. 'During EBA stoppages in Brisbane earlier this year, it was accused of bugging the telephones of ETU officials.'
  10. 'Do we grant domestic security agents the right to bug phones, buildings and the like?'
  11. 'she fears that her conversations were bugged'
  12. 'Fair enough security and all that but they, whoever they were, were just as likely to bug the office as to bug their phone calls.'
  13. 'He is suspected of having reported the bugged conversations to his superiors on a regular basis.'
  14. 'It concerned the bugging of former National Security Service chief's conversations with politicians, magistrates and journalists.'
  15. 'Mr Pinheiro said last month after the generals humiliated him by bugging his privileged conversations that reconciliation talks in Burma are going nowhere.'
  16. 'Short herself suspected her own conversations with him were bugged by spies, even while she was conducting them.'
  17. 'Whitehall is also said to be considering laws to allow transcripts of phone conversations bugged by MI5 to be used as evidence in court.'
  18. 'Unlike the old ones, the new groups do not gather in London's mosques on a Friday afternoon and attack the West for its policies while their speeches and conversation are bugged.'
Annoy or bother (someone)
  1. 'No one bugged me then, and I didn't want to bug these people, either.'
  2. 'But that's not what really bugs me about this whole thing.'
  3. 'Well, my problem is that he is really starting to bug me and he does these things that really annoy me.'
  4. 'Even if that sort of thing bugs you, though, I'd recommend pushing past it, because the meat of the book is well worth reading.'
  5. 'Tell her how much trouble she can get into and if she keeps bugging you or gets disappointed, then talk to an adult you trust.'
  6. 'What bugs me the most is that here we are in a country which boasts an abundance of the finest produce known to man, yet we stubbornly insist on eating food which is as far removed from its natural state as possible.'
  7. 'I know neither of them would hurt me, but it bugs me.'
  8. 'Little things that don't bug other people severely irritate me.'
  9. 'And don't worry about bugging me, it's nice to know that some people really enjoy what I write.'
  10. 'Admit that something about your appearance bugs you, and ask someone you trust for advice on how to turn it into an asset.'

More definitions

1. Also called true bug, hemipteran, hemipteron. a hemipterous insect.

2. (loosely) any insect or insectlike invertebrate.

3. Informal. any microorganism, especially a virus: He was laid up for a week by an intestinal bug.

4. Informal. a defect or imperfection, as in a mechanical device, computer program, or plan; glitch: The test flight discovered the bugs in the new plane.

5. Informal. a person who has a great enthusiasm for something; fan or hobbyist: a hi-fi bug. a craze o

More examples(as adjective)

"centres can be bug."


(bug)Early 17th century: of unknown origin. Current verb senses date from the early 20th century.


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