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

  • adj. Being in an early developmental stage: a gallery with the works of budding artists.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That is beginning to develop.
  • v. Present participle of bud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of producing buds.
  • n. A process of asexual reproduction, in which a new organism or cell is formed by a protrusion of a portion of the animal or vegetable organism, the bud thus formed sometimes remaining attached to the parent stalk or cell, at other times becoming free; gemmation. See Hydroidea.
  • n. The act or process of ingrafting one kind of plant upon another stock by inserting a bud under the bark.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the putting forth or producing of buds.
  • n. In zoology, gemmation; a mode of asexual reproduction in animals analogous to budding in plants.
  • n. In horticulture, a process, allied to grafting, for growing a different variety of fruit or plant from a given stock by transferring a bud with a little of the woody tissue behind it to a cleft in the bark of the stock.
  • Producing buds: as, a budding tree.
  • Being in the condition of a bud; figuratively, being in an early stage of growth; being at the entrance of a period of life, a career, etc.: as, a budding orator.

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

  • n. reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent
  • adj. beginning to develop

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