|1.||[ noun ] (zoology) general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate|
|2.||[ verb ] annoy persistently|
|Synonyms:||badger tease pester harass beleaguer|
"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
|Related terms:||torment pest tease|
|3.||[ noun ] (physics) a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly|
|Related terms:||microphone wiretap|
|4.||[ noun ] a fault or defect in a system or machine|
|5.||[ noun ] (zoology) insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis|
|Synonyms:||hemipteran hemipteron hemipterous_insect|
|Related terms:||insect lygaeid true_bug coreid_bug bedbug backswimmer leaf_bug Hemiptera|
|6.||[ verb ] tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information|
|Synonyms:||tap intercept wiretap|
"The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy" "Is this hotel room bugged?"
|Related terms:||listen_in phone_tapper wiretap|
|7.||[ noun ] (biology) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use|