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A caterpillar of a geometrid moth that moves by looping the body in alternate contractions and expansions. Also called looper, measuring worm, spanworm.
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(Animals) another name for a measuring worm
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or meas′uring worm`,

a geometrid moth larva that progresses by bringing the rear end of the body forward and then advancing the front end.
Also called inchworm.
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Noun1.inchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segmentsinchworm - small hairless caterpillar having legs on only its front and rear segments; mostly larvae of moths of the family Geometridae
caterpillar - a wormlike and often brightly colored and hairy or spiny larva of a butterfly or moth
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To make a handle, students roll out a coil about 6 inches long, bend it into a curve, then bend out the ends to make it look like an inchworm. The wet toothbrush is then used to score/slip the handle over the 6 o'clock position.
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Ken Hewitt-White, a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope, fittingly thinks this asterism "suggests a caterpillar humped-up in mid crawl." Ken is probably referring to the caterpillars commonly called inchworms, since most other caterpillars don't have the inchworm's looping gait.
The Trinity program consists of 3 independent software modules: Inchworm, Chrysalis, and Butterfly, which were applied sequentially to process large volumes of RNA-seq reads.
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Meanwhile, inchworm piezoelectric actuator is the special friction type piezoelectric motor.