Definition of wormhole in US English:



  • 1A hole made by a burrowing insect larva or worm in wood, fruit, books, or other materials.

    • ‘I see the knot as the branch it used to be and the wormhole as the food source and home for the bug.’
    1. 1.1Physics A hypothetical connection between widely separated regions of space-time.
      • ‘Now a wormhole is a bit like a black hole only different.’
      • ‘These wormholes connect not only two regions of space (hence the name) but also two regions of time as well.’
      • ‘When I was in high school, I gave a presentation on black holes, wormholes and time travel for my physics class.’
      • ‘These rifts can only be described as wormholes.’
      • ‘As theoretical objects, wormholes were invented and named in the late 1950s by American physicist John Archibald Wheeler, an early pioneer in the quest for quantum gravity.’