Definitions

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

Etymologies

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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  • ...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.

    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