inch·​worm | \ ˈinch-ˌwərm How to pronounce inchworm (audio) \

Definition of inchworm

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The larva of any member of a large, widespread group of moths is called an inchworm. Also called loopers, inchworms move in a characteristic “inching” or “looping” gait by extending the front part of the body and bringing the rear up to meet it. Resembling twigs or leaf stems, they feed on foliage and can seriously damage or even destroy trees.

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Recent Examples on the Web This single-leg inchworm builds on all of that and provides more unilateral work to build balanced strength, mobility, and flexibility. Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 These cardio exercises include the inchworm, lateral shuffle, high knees, skater, and up-down plank. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 29 Apr. 2021 The reverse lunge works your quads and your glutes, the inchworm boosts mobility while challenging your hamstrings and shoulders, while the plank variations will light up your core. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 29 Apr. 2021 From inchworm crawling to star jumps, these challenges will keep busybodies occupied (and can provide a nice break in the workday for parents). Sian Babish,, 4 Aug. 2020 Stretching as a warm-up should focus on dynamic moves, or those that include movement—say, like an inchworm rather than simply touching your toes. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 4 Aug. 2020 This allows the shrews to scrunch their spines up like inchworms, according to a statement, and withstand an enormous amount of force for their weight and size, which is comparable to that of a rat. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Apr. 2020 Tailored to maximize movement, some scooted along the bottom of a Petri dish like microscopic inchworms, powered solely by the contractions of the heart cells studding their interiors. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2020 The core program was a loop of deadlifts, inchworms, burpees, and hollow body holds, all of which are standard repertoire at my gym. Zachary Lewis,, 23 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of inchworm

circa 1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Inchworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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inch·​worm | \ ˈinch-ˌwərm How to pronounce inchworm (audio) \

Kids Definition of inchworm

: a small caterpillar that is a larva of a moth and moves by bringing forward the hind part of the body and then extending forward the front part of the body

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