Examples of insect in a Sentence
a swarm of flying insects
the magazine's editor in chief was notorious for treating staffers as insects, often not even bothering to learn their names
Recent Examples of insect from the Web
Master Gardener plant clinics Bring your plants or insect samples for diagnoses and treatment options.
Julie Beck reports that long-term damage from Hurricane Harvey could create more breeding grounds for disease-transmitting insects in a region already on edge about Zika and other infectious tropical diseases.
The major difference between the two is that those pretty, yellow goldenrod flowers are insect pollinated while ragweed is wind pollinated.
Best is to stay far, far from the burning insect boats.
Kentucky coffee tree has no serious disease or insect problems.
Insects hovered around trash piled at end of the second floor.
To reduce the likelihood of infection, residents are advised to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and to use insect repellent.
Birds stopped singing and insects normally only heard at night began to buzz.
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The bodies of insects have segments, or divisions, so they appear to have a series of notches cut into them. This led the Greek philosopher Aristotle to give insects the name entomon “a thing cut into.” Entomon comes from the prefix en- “in,” combined with the verb temnein “to cut.” Later, when the Romans wanted a word for this kind of creature, they did not simply borrow the Greek word. Instead they translated it with the Latin word insectum, from the verb insecare “to cut into.” Insectum was borrowed into English as insect.
Synonymscipher, dwarf, half-pint, nobody, insignificancy, lightweight, morsel, nonentity, nothing, nullity, number, pip-squeak, pygmy (also pigmy), shrimp, snippersnapper, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Antonymsbig shot, big wheel, bigwig, eminence, figure, kahuna, kingpin, magnate, nabob, personage, somebody, VIP
Related Wordsno-name, noncelebrity; least; inferior, mediocrity, obscurity; figurehead, puppet; nonperson
Near Antonymschief, head, lead, leader; celebrity, luminary, notable, personality, planet, star, superstar; authority, superior; great power, party, power
INSECT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insect for English Language Learners
: a small animal that has six legs and a body formed of three parts and that may have wings
: an animal (such as a spider) that is similar to an insect
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Definition of insect for Students
- Flies, bees, and lice are true insects.
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