from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of ground prepared for receiving seed: often used figuratively.
  • n. In forestry, a specially prepared area, usually in the forest nursery, for the raising of seedlings.


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  • In the distance, on the low, easy-sloping hills, he saw team after team, and many teams, three to a team abreast, what he knew were his Shire mares, drawing the plows back and forth across, contour-plowing, turning the green sod of the hillsides to the rich dark brown of humus-filled earth so organic and friable that it would almost melt by gravity into fine-particled seed-bed.


  • The governor deplored the split with “our oldest, strongest allies,” and now, “worst of all, the fate of mankind hangs in the balance in this seed-bed of human civilization.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • This socially corrosive theory has played its part in providing the fertile seed-bed for Islamic extremism to take root in the UK and the West.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • The poem first appeared in Eppel's 1995 collection, Sonata for Matabeleland, a book whose very title signals cross-cultural transaction – a fertile but uneasy seed-bed.

    Poem of the week: Jasmine by John Eppel

  • The stubbles have been ripped up by cultivation, some already ploughed and soon to be worked up to a seed-bed prior to drilling with winter cereals.

    Country diary: Staffordshire Moorlands

  • Often enough, these small-time players serve as a seed-bed ... they test the waters, so-to-speak, and lay the groundwork for the big guns that are sure to come blazing in later.

    Mike Stark: For McAuliffe, a Shot Across the Bow

  • No doubt there are ways the family can be improved, and ways in which family members can be more adequately protected from abuse, but the family itself is the seed-bed and crucible of civil society, and the best safeguard of human dignity.

    Lessons from the Middle Ages

  • The chief function of the movement, Heseltine optimistically added, was to serve as “a seed-bed” for the future leaders of civilization.

    Developing the Distributist Program: Part One

  • The semiconscious, ordinary actions which come under the category of manners are the cultural seed-bed of morals, as morals in their turn are of the spiritual life.

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  • Homer is the master of all schools and his books “a seed-bed for every kind of knowledge.”

    In Praise of Great Men « So Many Books


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