from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A mature plant ovule containing an embryo.
- noun A small dry fruit, spore, or other propagative plant part.
- noun Seeds considered as a group.
- noun The seed-bearing stage of a plant.
- noun A larval shellfish or a hatchling fish.
- noun An egg or cocoon of certain insects.
- noun Something that resembles a seed, as.
- noun A tiny bubble in a piece of glass.
- noun 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.
- noun A source or beginning; a germ.
- noun A small amount of material used to start a chemical reaction.
- noun A small crystal used to start a crystallization process.
- noun Offspring; progeny.
- noun Family stock; ancestry.
- noun Sperm; semen.
- noun Sports A player who has been seeded for a tournament, often at a given rank.
- intransitive verb To plant seeds in (land, for example); sow.
- intransitive verb To plant (a crop, for example) as seeds in soil.
- intransitive verb To remove the seeds from (fruit).
- intransitive verb To furnish with something that grows or stimulates growth or development.
- intransitive verb Medicine To cause (cells or a tumor, for example) to grow or multiply.
- intransitive verb Meteorology To sprinkle (a cloud) with particles, as of silver iodide, in order to disperse it or to produce precipitation.
- intransitive verb To arrange (the drawing for positions in a tournament) so that the more skilled contestants meet in the later rounds.
- intransitive verb To rank (a contestant) in this way.
- intransitive verb To help (a business, for example) in its early development.
- intransitive verb To sow seed.
- intransitive verb To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
- intransitive verb Medicine To grow or multiply, as a tumor.
- adjective Set aside for planting a new crop.
- adjective Intended to help in early stages.
- idiom (go/run) To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
- idiom (go/run) To become weak or devitalized; deteriorate.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
- noun The larvæ of the lac-insect.
- noun In sugar manufacturing, crystals of sugar placed in concentrated syrup to serve as starting-points for fresh crystallization.
- noun The fertilized and matured ovule of the higher or flowering plants.
- noun The male fecundating fluid; semen; sperm or milt, as of fish; spat, as of oysters: without a plural.
- noun Very young animals, as oysters.
- noun Progeny; offspring; children; descendants: as. the seed of Abraham; the seed of David.
- noun Race; generation; birth.
- noun That from which anything springs: firstprinciple; origin: often in the plural: as, the seeds of virtue or vice; to sow the seeds of discord.
- noun Same as
red-seed: a fishermen's term.
- noun The egg or eggs of the commercial silkwormmoth, Sericaria mori.
- noun 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.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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.