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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. 
  1. Botany the usually small, hard part of a plant that grows into a new plant:[countable]The farmer planted his seeds in the spring.
  2. Botany such parts thought of as a group:[uncountable]to purchase enough seed for the soybean crop.
  3. the beginning of something:[countable]the seeds of discord.
  4. Sport[countable] a player or team ranked in a tournament.

  1. Agriculture[+ object] to sow (a field, etc.) with seed.
  2. Botany[no object] to produce seed.
  3. to introduce in the hope of increase:[+ object]to seed a lake with trout.
  4. [+ object] to remove the seeds from (fruit).
  5. Sport to rank (players or teams) by past performance in arranging tournament pairings:[+ object]was seeded first in the tournament.
  6. Business[+ object] to develop (a business), esp. by providing operating capital.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Botanyproducing seed;
    used for seed:a seed potato.
  1. 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.

seed•er, n. [countable]
seed•less, adj.: seedless oranges.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
seed  (sēd),USA pronunciation n., pl.  seeds,  (esp. collectively) seed, v., adj. 
  1. Botanythe fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant.
  2. Botanyany propagative part of a plant, including tubers, bulbs, etc., esp. as preserved for growing a new crop.
  3. Botanysuch parts collectively.
  4. Botanyany similar small part or fruit.
  5. Slang Terms[Dial.]pit2.
  6. the germ or propagative source of anything:the seeds of discord.
  7. offspring;
  8. birth:not of mortal seed.
  9. Physiologysperm;
  10. Developmental Biologythe ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
  11. See  seed oyster. 
  12. Ceramicsa small air bubble in a glass piece, caused by defective firing.
  13. Crystallographya small crystal added to a solution to promote crystallization.
  14. Sport[Tennis.]a player who has been seeded in a tournament.
  15. 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.
  16. Agriculturein seed: 
    • (of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
    • (of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.

  1. Agricultureto sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed.
  2. Agricultureto sow or scatter (seed).
  3. Meteorologyto sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
  4. to place, introduce, etc., esp. in the hope of increase or profit:to seed a lake with trout.
  5. to sprinkle on (a surface, substance, etc.) in the manner of seed:to seed an icy bridge with chemicals.
  6. to remove the seeds from (fruit).
  7. Sport
    • 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.
  8. Businessto develop or stimulate (a business, project, etc.), esp. by providing operating capital.

  1. Agricultureto sow seed.
  2. Botanyto produce or shed seed.

  1. Botanyof or producing seed;
    used for seed:a seed potato.
  2. 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.
seedless, adj. 
seedless•ness, n. 
seedlike′, adj. 
  • 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
  1. a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa)
    Related adjective(s): seminal
  2. the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat
  3. (loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb
  4. the source, beginning, or germ of anything: the seeds of revolt
  5. chiefly offspring or descendants: the seed of Abraham
  6. an archaic or dialect term for sperm1, semen
  7. a seeded player
  8. a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
  9. go to seed, run to seed(of plants) to produce and shed seeds
  10. to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
  1. to plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil): we seeded this field with oats
  2. (intransitive) (of plants) to form or shed seeds
  3. (transitive) to remove the seeds from (fruit, etc)
  4. (transitive) to add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization
  5. (transitive) to scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain
  6. (transitive) to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
Etymology: Old English sǣd; related to Old Norse sāth, Gothic sēths, Old High German sāt

ˈseedless adj

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