American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A ripened plant ovule containing an embryo.
- n. A propagative part of a plant, as a tuber or spore.
- n. Seeds considered as a group.
- n. The seed-bearing stage of a plant.
- n. Something that resembles a seed, as a tiny bubble in a piece of glass.
- n. A small amount of material used to start a chemical reaction.
- n. A small crystal used to start a crystallization process.
- n. Medicine A form of radioactive isotope that is used to localize and concentrate the amount of radiation administered to a body site, such as a tumor.
- n. A source or beginning; a germ.
- n. Offspring; progeny.
- n. Family stock; ancestry.
- n. Sperm; semen.
- n. A seed oyster or oysters; spat.
- n. Sports A player who has been seeded for a tournament, often at a given rank: a top seed.
- v. To plant seeds in (land, for example); sow.
- v. To plant in soil.
- v. To remove the seeds from (fruit).
- v. To furnish with something that grows or stimulates growth or development: a bioreactor seeded with bacteria.
- v. Medicine To cause (cells or a tumor, for example) to grow or multiply.
- v. Meteorology To sprinkle (a cloud) with particles, as of silver iodide, in order to disperse it or to produce precipitation.
- v. Sports To arrange (the drawing for positions in a tournament) so that the more skilled contestants meet in the later rounds.
- v. Sports To rank (a contestant) in this way.
- v. To help (a business, for example) in its early development.
- v. To sow seed.
- v. To go to seed.
- v. Medicine To grow or multiply, as a tumor.
- adj. Set aside for planting a new crop: seed corn; seed wheat.
- adj. Intended to help in early stages: provided seed capital for a fledgling business.
- idiom. go To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
- idiom. go To become weak or devitalized; deteriorate: The old neighborhood has gone to seed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fertilized and matured ovule of the higher or flowering plants. It is a body within the pericarp or seed-vessel, containing an organized embryo, or nucleus, which, on being placed under favorable circumstances, develops into an individual similar to that from which it came. The reproductive bodies of the lower or flowerless plants (cryptogams) differ in their mode of germination and in other ways, and are not called true seeds, but spores. (See
spore.) The seed-coats are those of the ovule—two, or rarely only one. The outer, answering to the primine, is the more firm and is not rarely crustaceous in texture, and takes the name of testa (also spermodermand episperm). The inner, answering to the secundine, is called tegmen(sometimes endopleura); when present, it is always conformed to the nucleus, and is thin or soft and delicate in texture. The seed-stalk or podosperm, when there is one, is the pedicel or attachment of the seed to the placenta, and answers to the funiculus of the ovule. The chalaza, raphe, and hilum of the ovule retain the same names in the seed. The foramen of the ovule is called the micropyle in the seed. The terms which denote the position of the ovule, such as orthotropous, anatropous, amphitropous, etc., also apply equally to the resulting seed. The nucleus may consist of the embryo alone, or of the embryo and the albumen, which is the nourishing substance upon which the developing plant is to feed until it is capable of maintaining itself. See the various terms, and cuts under anatropous, campylotropul, Cruciferæ, ovary, and plumule.
- n. The male fecundating fluid; semen; sperm or milt, as of fish; spat, as of oysters: without a plural.
- n. Very young animals, as oysters.
- n. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants: as. the seed of Abraham; the seed of David. In this sense, chiefly scriptural, the word is applied to one person or to any number collectively, and is not used in the plural.
- n. Race; generation; birth.
- n. That from which anything springs: firstprinciple; origin: often in the plural: as, the seeds of virtue or vice; to sow the seeds of discord.
- n. Same as red-seed: a fishermen's term.
- n. The egg or eggs of the commercial silkwormmoth, Sericaria mori.
- n. In glass-making, one of the small bubbles which form in imperfectly fused glass, and which, when the glass is worked, assume elongated or ovoid forms, resembling the shapes of some seeds.
- To go to seed; produce seed; grow to maturity: as, plants that will not seed in a cold climate.
- To sow; plant; sprinkle or supply with or as with seed.
- To cover with something thinly scattered; ornament with small and separate figures.
- To graft.
- In lard-rendering and -refining, to granulate by slow cooling, or cooling without stirring, as stearin in lard.
- n. The larvæ of the lac-insect.
- n. In sugar manufacturing, crystals of sugar placed in concentrated syrup to serve as starting-points for fresh crystallization.
- In sugar manufacturing, to start the process of crystallization in (concentrated syrup) by placing crystals of sugar, from a previous step in the process, to serve as seed or starting-points.
- n. countable A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
- n. countable, botany A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
- n. uncountable An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
- n. uncountable Semen.
- n. countable A precursor.
- n. countable The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
- n. Offspring, descendants, progeny.
- v. transitive To plant or sow an area with seeds.
- v. transitive To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
- v. sports, games To allocate a seeding to a competitor.
- v. To be able to compete (especially in a quarter-final/semi-final/final).
- v. To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings; By germination it produces a new plant.
- n. Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper
- n. (Physiol.) The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; -- not used in the plural.
- n. That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source.
- n. The principle of production.
- n. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants.
- n. Race; generation; birth.
- v. To sow seed.
- v. To shed the seed.
- v. To grow to maturity, and to produce seed.
- v. To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow.
- v. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
- n. anything that provides inspiration for later work
- v. go to seed; shed seeds
- v. distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
- v. remove the seeds from
- n. the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
- n. a small hard fruit
- v. sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
- n. a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
- v. help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
- v. place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
- v. inoculate with microorganisms
- n. one of the outstanding players in a tournament
- v. bear seeds
- From Middle English seed, from Old English sēd, sǣd ("seed, that which is sown"), from Proto-Germanic *sēdiz (“seed”), from Proto-Indo-European *sētis-, from Proto-Indo-European *sēy- (“to sow, throw”). Cognate with Dutch zaad ("seed"), German Saat ("seed"), Swedish säd ("seed"), Latin satio ("seeding, time of sowing, season"). More at sow. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English sǣd, sēd. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thus saith the Lord: If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of _his seed_ to be rulers over the seed of”
“He did not see his seed, nor prolong his days, since he died childless; and we will not permit the word seed to be spiritualized on this occasion, for the word seed in the Old Testament, means nothing else, than literally children, which it is not pretended he ever had; and how could he prolong his days, when he was cut off in his 33d year.”
“Y Combinator a ‘farm team’ seed funder for greenhorns all of which are Web 2.0 wannabes that would have no chance of making it without a ’seed hedge fund’ manager.”
“And he added, "They will be to us for a seed, _and in_ this _seed shall the nations be blessed_,  even those nations which from ancient days have heard the name of monk, but have not seen a monk." [”
“The men are forbidden to offer up their seed to Moloch; and here the term seed is not metaphorical.”
“God uses the word seed because that hints at what is coming.”
“The term seed is used for the imagery: a plant produces a seed which then produces another plant.”
“Only in the cycle of the seed is there wholeness and renewal.”
“Only in the cycle of the seed is there balance and abundance for all.”
“I answer, that this term seed is, indiscriminately, extended to the whole people whole God has adopted to himself.”
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