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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
seed /sid/USA pronunciation
n., pl. seeds,(esp. when thought of as a group )seed,v., adj.
Botany[countable] the usually small, hard part of a plant that grows into a new plant:The farmer planted his seeds in the spring.
Botany[uncountable] such parts thought of as a group:to purchase enough seed for the soybean crop.
[countable] the beginning of something:the seeds of discord.
Sport[countable] a player or team ranked in a tournament.
Agriculture[~ + object] to sow (a field, etc.) with seed.
Botany[no object] to produce seed.
[~ + object] to introduce in the hope of increase:to seed a lake with trout.
[~ + object] to remove the seeds from (fruit).
Sport[~ + object] to rank (players or teams) by past performance in arranging tournament pairings:was seeded first in the tournament.
Business[~ + object] to develop (a business), esp. by providing operating capital.
adj. [before a noun]
Botanyproducing seed; used for seed:a seed potato.
seed•er, n. [countable]
seed•less, adj.: seedless oranges.
go or run to seed:
- (of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of providing seed.
- to fall apart or decline, as in health or appearance:He had gone to seed: gaining weight, turning pale, losing hair.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
seed /siːd/ n
- a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa)
Related adjective(s): seminal
- the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat
- (loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb
- the source, beginning, or germ of anything: the seeds of revolt
- chiefly offspring or descendants: the seed of Abraham
- an archaic or dialect term for sperm1, semen
- a seeded player
- a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
- go to seed, run to seed ⇒ (of plants) to produce and shed seeds
- to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
Etymology: Old English sǣd; related to Old Norse sāth, Gothic sēths, Old High German sātˈseedless adj
- to plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil): we seeded this field with oats
- (intransitive) (of plants) to form or shed seeds
- (transitive) to remove the seeds from (fruit, etc)
- (transitive) to add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization
- (transitive) to scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain
- (transitive) to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds