bug

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Noun[change]

Singular
bug

Plural
bugs

Aphids are bugs
  1. An insect of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs").
  2. Any insect or spider may often be called a bug.
    These flies are a bother. I’ll get some bug spray and kill them.
  3. A problem that needs fixing, especially in computing.
    The computer program has a bug in it.
  4. A contagious illness caused by bacteria or a virus.
    He’s got the flu bug.
  5. An enthusiasm for something; an obsession.
    I think he’s a gold bug, he has over 10,000 ounces in storage.
    to catch the skiing bug
  6. An electronic listening device.
    We installed a bug in her telephone.
  7. A small or invisible image on a webpage that is used to track persons who viewed it.
    He suspected the image was a web bug used for determining who was visiting the site.
  8. 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.
    He did not like the network bug that appeared onscreen.
  9. Figurative - A manually positioned marker in flight instruments.
  10. A semi-automated telegraph key.

Verb[change]

Plain form
bug

Third-person singular
bugs

Past tense
bugged

Past participle
bugged

Present participle
bugging

  1. (transitive); (informal) To annoy.
    Don’t bug me, I’m busy!
  2. (transitive) To put an electronic listening device somewhere.
    We need to know what’s going on. We’ll bug his house.