Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany A small protuberance on a stem or branch, sometimes enclosed in protective scales and containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower.
  • n. Botany The stage or condition of having buds: branches in full bud.
  • n. Biology An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.
  • n. Biology A small, rounded organic part, such as a taste bud, that resembles a plant bud.
  • n. One that is not yet fully developed: the bud of a new idea.
  • intransitive v. To put forth or produce buds: a plant that buds in early spring.
  • intransitive v. To develop or grow from or as if from a bud: "listened sympathetically for a moment, a bemused smile budding forth” ( Washington Post).
  • intransitive v. To be in an undeveloped stage or condition.
  • intransitive v. To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.
  • transitive v. To cause to put forth buds.
  • transitive v. To graft a bud onto (a plant).
  • n. Informal Friend; chum. Used as a form of familiar address, especially for a man or boy: Move along, bud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded.
  • n. Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the bud), or marijuana generally.
  • n. A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
  • n. A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.
  • v. To form buds.
  • v. To reproduce by splitting off buds.
  • n. Buddy, friend.
  • n. used to address a male

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.
  • n. A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra.
  • intransitive v. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
  • intransitive v. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  • intransitive v. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise.
  • transitive v. To graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ingraft a bud of or on, as of one plant on the stem of another: as, to bud a garden rose on a brier, or a brier with a garden rose. See budding, n., 3.
  • To put forth by or as if by the natural process of budding.
  • To put forth or produce buds; be in bud.
  • To be in the condition of a bud; sprout; begin to grow or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  • Figuratively, to be in an early stage of development.
  • To eat buds: said of birds.
  • To endeavor to gain by gifts; bribe.
  • Same as bood, preterit and past participle of behoove.
  • n. In plants, the undeveloped germ-state of a stem or branch, consisting of a growing point inclosed by closely appressed rudimentary leaves.
  • n. In architecture, an ornamental boss or button.
  • n. The state of budding or putting forth buds: as, the trees are in bud.
  • n. In some cryptogamous plants, especially some Hepaticæ, one of the bodies formed asexually which become detached and reproduce the plant; in the plural, same as gemmœ. See gemma.
  • n. A prominence on or in certain animals of low organization, as polyps, which becomes developed into an independent individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent organism, and sometimes becoming detached; an incipient zoöid, or bud-like beginning of a new individual in a compound animal. See cut under Campanularia.
  • n. In zoology and anatomy, a part or organ like or likened to a bud: as, a tactile bud; a gustatory bud.
  • n. A weaned calf of the first year.
  • n. A young lady just “come out” in society.
  • n. A familiar term for brother.
  • n. A gift, especially one meant as a bribe. Acts James I. (Jamieson.)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. develop buds
  • n. a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
  • v. start to grow or develop
  • n. a partially opened flower

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English budde.
Short for buddy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English budde 'bud, seedpod', from Proto-Germanic *buddōn (compare Dutch bot 'bud', German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen 'seedpod', Swedish dialect bodd 'head'), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (“to swell”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From buddy.

Examples

  • Mental illness can lead to poverty and crime, and nipping that in the bud is a very proactive decision by the government.

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  • The stalks often take a curve, a twist from some current of air or some impediment, and the fine stems will turn and bend in all sorts of graceful ways, but the bud is always held erect when the time comes for it to blossom.

    An Island Garden

  • Now he does the same, not to protect national security, but some bud from the 'hood in Chicago.

    White House protects social secretary

  • It would be nice to get a photo of the whole tree while still “bourgeonnant” (in bud).

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  • The war started with big industry wanting to protect its turf, big pharma that wants to sell you their own over-priced drugs, and the drug industry that tells you it's Miller time and that green bud is not for you.

    Mexico turns to navy to bolster flagging drug war

  • His best bud is Lieberman, and he sided with Kennedy on the immigration issue, what more could you ask for. too me basically what you want is even less of a decision.

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  • David Preiser - you usually chuck USA after your name bud?

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  • And before the day is out, lest they think I forgot, here's a big happy birthday to my photo-happy-hook-hangin 'bud circle23 and my geek-factor-nine brother-from-another-mother kespernorth.

    April 2nd, 2006

  • The reason I do not smoke BC bud is because, I am slightly overweight, and if I were begin to smoke it, I would get the munchies, gain weight, and my Doc would get mad at me.

    Sad Day

  • Any desire for education fades in the face of the social pressure to get married: in paula's head there appears a little bud, might not dressmaking after all have been better than erich. the bud is immediately torn out and trampled underfoot.

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