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Meaning of seed by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English sǣd, sēd, from Germanic *sædh- ‘that which can be sown’. Cognate with Dutch zaad, German Saat, Swedish säd. Related to sow .


    • ( RP, US ) enPR: sēd, IPA: /siːd/
    • Rhymes: -iːd


    seed ( not comparable )

    1. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) Held in reserve for future growth .
      seed money
      Don’t eat your seed corn
    2. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) First. The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors .
      What was the seed number that initiated the sequence of values?
      The qualifying match determines the seed position one will have in the final competition .
    3. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) A precursor, especially in a process without a defined initial state .
      What was the seed idea behind your scheme?
      Use your profits as seed money for your next venture .


    Sunflower seeds ( 1 ).

    seed ( countable and uncountable; plural: seeds )

    1. ( countable ) A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant .
      If you plant a seed in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn .
    2. ( countable, botany ) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant .
    3. ( uncountable ) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted .
      The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed .
    4. ( uncountable ) Semen .
      Sometimes a man may feel encouraged to spread his seed before he settles down to raise a family .
    5. ( countable ) A precursor .
      The seed of an idea. Which idea was the seed ( idea )?
    6. ( countable ) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
      1. The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. ( seed position )
        The team with the best regular season record receives the top seed in the conference tournament .
      2. The competitor or team occupying a given seed. ( seed position )
        The rookie was a surprising top seed .
      3. Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator ( PRNG ). ( seed number )
        If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers .
      4. Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. ( seed idea or seed message )
        The latest seed has attracted a lot of users in our online community .
    7. ( now rare ) Offspring, descendants, progeny.

    Usage notes

    The common use of seed differs from the botanical use. The “seeds” of sunflowers and strawberries are botanically fruits .


    to seed ( third-person singular simple present seeds present participle seeding, simple past and past participle seeded )

    1. ( transitive ) To plant or sow an area with seeds .
      I seeded my lawn with bluegrass .
    2. ( transitive ) To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of .
      A venture captialist seeds young companies .
      The tournament coordinator will seed the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round .
      The programmer seeded fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests .
    3. To be able to compete ( especially in a quarter-final/semi-final/final ) .
      The tennis player seeded into the quarters .


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Explanation of seed by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. remove the seeds from

    2. seed grapes
    3. inoculate with microorganisms

    4. sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain

    5. seed clouds
    6. distribute ( players or teams ) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds

    7. place ( seeds ) in or on the ground for future growth

    8. She sowed sunflower seeds
    9. go to seed

    10. The dandelions went to seed
    11. bear seeds

    12. help ( an enterprise ) in its early stages of development by providing seed money

    1. the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract

    2. anything that provides inspiration for later work

    3. one of the outstanding players in a tournament

    4. a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa

    5. a small hard fruit

    Definition of seed by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Seed ( sēd ), n.; pl. Seed or Seeds [OE. seed, sed, AS. sǣd, fr. sāwan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat, Icel. sāð, saeði, Goth. manasēþs seed of men, world. See Sow to scatter seed, and cf. Colza.]
      1. ( Bot. ) A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings; as, “an apple seed; a currant seed.” By germination it produces a new plant. Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper; as, “parsnip seed; thistle seed.”

      And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself. Gen. i. 11.

      ☞ The seed proper has an outer and an inner coat, and within these the kernel or nucleus. The kernel is either the embryo alone, or the embryo inclosed in the albumen, which is the material for the nourishment of the developing embryo. The scar on a seed, left where the stem parted from it, is called the hilum, and the closed orifice of the ovule, the micropyle.

      2. ( Physiol. ) The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; -- not used in the plural.

      3. That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source; as, “the seeds of virtue or vice”.

      4. The principle of production.

      Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed,

      Which may the like in coming ages breed. Waller.

      5. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as, “the seed of Abraham; the seed of David”.

      ☞ In this sense the word is applied to one person, or to any number collectively, and admits of the plural form, though rarely used in the plural.

      6. Race; generation; birth.

      Of mortal seed they were not held. Waller.

      Seed bag ( Artesian well ), a packing to prevent percolation of water down the bore hole. It consists of a bag encircling the tubing and filled with flax seed, which swells when wet and fills the space between the tubing and the sides of the hole. -- Seed bud ( Bot. ), the germ or rudiment of the plant in the embryo state; the ovule. -- Seed coat ( Bot. ), the covering of a seed. -- Seed corn, or Seed grain ( Bot. ), corn or grain for seed. -- To eat the seed corn, To eat the corn which should be saved for seed, so as to forestall starvation; -- a desparate measure, since it only postpones disaster. Hence: any desparate action which creates a disastrous situation in the long-term, done in order to provide temporary relief. -- Seed down ( Bot. ), the soft hairs on certain seeds, as cotton seed. -- Seed drill. See 6th Drill, 2 -- Seed eater ( Zool. ), any finch of the genera Sporophila, and Crithagra. They feed mainly on seeds. -- Seed gall ( Zool. ), any gall which resembles a seed, formed on the leaves of
      various plants, usually by some species of Phylloxera. -- Seed leaf ( Bot. ), a cotyledon. -- Seed lobe ( Bot. ), a cotyledon; a seed leaf. -- Seed oil, oil expressed from the seeds of plants. -- Seed oyster, a young oyster, especially when of a size suitable for transplantation to a new locality. -- Seed pearl, a small pearl of little value. -- Seed plat, or Seed plot, the ground on which seeds are sown, to produce plants for transplanting; a nursery. -- Seed stalk ( Bot. ), the stalk of an ovule or seed; a funicle. -- Seed tick ( Zool. ), one of several species of ticks resembling seeds in form and color. -- Seed vessel ( Bot. ), that part of a plant which contains the seeds; a pericarp. -- Seed weevil ( Zool. ), any one of numerous small weevils, especially those of the genus Apion, which live in the seeds of various plants. -- Seed wool, cotton wool not yet cleansed of its seeds. [Southern U.S.]

    2. Seed v. i.
      1. To sow seed.

      2. To shed the seed. Mortimer.

      3. To grow to maturity, and to produce seed.

      Many interests have grown up, and seeded, and twisted their roots in the crevices of many wrongs. Landor.

    3. Seed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Seeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Seeding.]
      1. To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow; as, “to seed a field”.

      2. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.

      A sable mantle seeded with waking eyes. B. Jonson.

      To seed down, to sow with grass seed.