from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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 a 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.
  • transitive v. To plant seeds in (land, for example); sow.
  • transitive v. To plant in soil.
  • transitive v. To remove the seeds from (fruit).
  • transitive v. To furnish with something that grows or stimulates growth or development: a bioreactor seeded with bacteria.
  • transitive v. Medicine To cause (cells or a tumor, for example) to grow or multiply.
  • transitive v. Meteorology To sprinkle (a cloud) with particles, as of silver iodide, in order to disperse it or to produce precipitation.
  • transitive v. Sports To arrange (the drawing for positions in a tournament) so that the more skilled contestants meet in the later rounds.
  • transitive v. Sports To rank (a contestant) in this way.
  • transitive v. To help (a business, for example) in its early development.
  • intransitive v. To sow seed.
  • intransitive v. To go to seed.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
  • n. A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  • n. An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
  • n. Semen.
  • n. A precursor.
  • n. 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. To plant or sow an area with seeds.
  • v. To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • 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. 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.
  • intransitive v. To sow seed.
  • intransitive v. To shed the seed.
  • intransitive v. To grow to maturity, and to produce seed.
  • transitive v. To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow.
  • transitive v. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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. The fertilized and matured ovule of the higher or flowering plants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

Middle English, from Old English sǣd, sēd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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  • 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.

    January 15, 2013

  • The egg or eggs of the commercial silkworm moth, Sericaria mori. --from the CD&C Definitions.

    November 30, 2011

  • I seed that gubmint feller by the fence

    August 27, 2009

  • SEED - (v.) - Southern slang past tense of "to see".

    April 8, 2008

  • For the opposite sense of the word, see the Sublime song seed.

    October 26, 2007

  • "Now the parable is that: The seed is the Word of God."

    Luke 8:11

    October 25, 2007

  • Contronymic in the sense: go to seed, deteriorate vs. vital beginning.

    January 31, 2007