from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To begin to grow; give off shoots or buds.
- intransitive v. To emerge and develop rapidly.
- transitive v. To cause to come forth and grow.
- n. Young plant growth, such as a bud or shoot.
- n. Something resembling or suggestive of a sprout, as in rapid growth: "a tall blond sprout of a boy” ( Anne Tyler).
- n. The young shoots of plants such as alfalfa and soybean, usually eaten raw.
- n. Brussels sprouts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A new growth on a plant, whether from seed or other parts.
- n. A child.
- n. A Brussels sprout.
- n. An edible germinated seed.
- v. To grow, where the initial state is a seed; to germinate.
- v. To cause to grow from a seed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants.
- intransitive v. To shoot into ramifications.
- transitive v. To cause to sprout.
- transitive v. To deprive of sprouts.
- n. The shoot of a plant; a shoot from the seed, from the stump, or from the root or tuber, of a plant or tree; more rarely, a shoot from the stem of a plant, or the end of a branch.
- n. Young coleworts; Brussels sprouts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shoot forth, as a bud from a seed or stock; begin to grow; spring: said of a young vegetable growth, or, by extension, of animal growth.
- To put forth shoots; bear buds.
- To spring up; grow upward.
- To spread into ramifications.
- To produce or afford by sprouting; grow: as, to sprout antlers; to sprout a mustache.
- To remove sprouts from: as, to sprout potatoes.
- n. A shoot of a plant.
- n. Specifically plural Young coleworts.
- Specifically, used to designate the action of silver during solidification. The molten silver beneath the thin solid crust forces up the crust with explosive violence and a part of it solidifies in the form of trees or sprouts. This action is attributed to the oxygen absorbed by the silver while above the melting-point, and seeking to escape at the point of solidification of the metal. Also vegetate.
- n. In forestry, a tree which has grown from a stump or root. A shoot is a sprout which has not reached a height of three feet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. produce buds, branches, or germinate
- n. any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
- n. a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)
- v. put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtan (in āsprūtan, to sprout forth); see sper- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)