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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
seed /sid/USA pronunciation
n., pl. seeds, (esp. when thought of as a group) seed, v., adj. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Botany the usually small, hard part of a plant that grows into a new plant:[countable]The farmer planted his seeds in the spring.
- Botany such parts thought of as a group:[uncountable]to purchase enough seed for the soybean crop.
- the beginning of something:[countable]the seeds of discord.
- Sport[countable] a player or team ranked in a tournament.
adj. [before a noun]
- Agriculture[~ + object] to sow (a field, etc.) with seed.
- Botany[no object] to produce seed.
- to introduce in the hope of increase:[~ + object]to seed a lake with trout.
- [~ + object] to remove the seeds from (fruit).
- Sport to rank (players or teams) by past performance in arranging tournament pairings:[~ + object]was seeded first in the tournament.
- Business[~ + object] to develop (a business), esp. by providing operating capital.
- Botanyproducing seed;
used for seed:a seed potato.
seed•er, n. [countable]
seed•less, adj.: seedless oranges.
- Idiomsgo or run to seed:
- Idioms(of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of providing seed.
- Idiomsto fall apart or decline, as in health or appearance:He had gone to seed: gaining weight, turning pale, losing hair.
(sēd),USA pronunciation n., pl. seeds, (esp. collectively) seed, v., adj. n.
- Botanythe fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant.
- Botanyany propagative part of a plant, including tubers, bulbs, etc., esp. as preserved for growing a new crop.
- Botanysuch parts collectively.
- Botanyany similar small part or fruit.
- Slang Terms[Dial.]pit2.
- the germ or propagative source of anything:the seeds of discord.
- birth:not of mortal seed.
- Developmental Biologythe ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
- See seed oyster.
- Ceramicsa small air bubble in a glass piece, caused by defective firing.
- Crystallographya small crystal added to a solution to promote crystallization.
- Sport[Tennis.]a player who has been seeded in a tournament.
- go or run to seed:
- (of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of yielding seed.
- to lose vigor, power, or prosperity;
deteriorate:He has gone to seed in the last few years.
- Agriculturein seed:
- (of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
- (of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.
- Agricultureto sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed.
- Agricultureto sow or scatter (seed).
- Meteorologyto sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
- to place, introduce, etc., esp. in the hope of increase or profit:to seed a lake with trout.
- to sprinkle on (a surface, substance, etc.) in the manner of seed:to seed an icy bridge with chemicals.
- to remove the seeds from (fruit).
- to arrange (the drawings for positions in a tournament) so that ranking players or teams will not meet in the early rounds of play.
- to distribute (ranking players or teams) in this manner.
- Businessto develop or stimulate (a business, project, etc.), esp. by providing operating capital.
- Agricultureto sow seed.
- Botanyto produce or shed seed.
- Botanyof or producing seed;
used for seed:a seed potato.
- Businessbeing or providing capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise:The research project began with seed donations from the investors.
- bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English sede, side, seed(e), Old English sēd, sǣd; cognate with German Saat, Old Norse sāth, Gothic -seths; (verb, verbal) Middle English seden to produce seeds, derivative of the noun, nominal; akin to sow1
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged descendants, heirs, posterity, issue, scions.
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
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