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English Dictionary: seal by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
seal
n
  1. fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters
    Synonym(s): sealing wax, seal
  2. a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
    Synonym(s): seal, stamp
  3. the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal; "a coat of seal"
    Synonym(s): seal, sealskin
  4. a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare; "SEAL is an acronym for Sea Air and Land"
    Synonym(s): Navy SEAL, SEAL
  5. a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it); "the warrant bore the sheriff's seal"
  6. an indication of approved or superior status
    Synonym(s): cachet, seal, seal of approval
  7. a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture
  8. fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure
  9. any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
v
  1. make tight; secure against leakage; "seal the windows"
    Synonym(s): seal, seal off
  2. close with or as if with a seal; "She sealed the letter with hot wax"
    Antonym(s): unseal
  3. decide irrevocably; "sealing dooms"
  4. affix a seal to; "seal the letter"
  5. cover with varnish
    Synonym(s): varnish, seal
  6. hunt seals
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seal \Seal\, n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a
      little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign,
      figure, or image. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sigil}.]
      1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an
            impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached
            to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication
            or security.
  
      2. Wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an
            instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to
            give a deed under hand and seal.
  
                     Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond Thou
                     but offend;st thy lungs to speak so loud. --Shak.
  
      3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed
            on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it.
  
      4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which
            authenticates; that which secures; assurance. [bd]under
            the seal of silence.[b8] --Milton.
  
                     Like a red seal is the setting sun On the good and
                     the evil men have done.                     --Lonfellow.
  
      5. An arrangement for preventing the entrance or return of
            gas or air into a pipe, by which the open end of the pipe
            dips beneath the surface of water or other liquid, or a
            deep bend or sag in the pipe is filled with the liquid; a
            draintrap.
  
      {Great seal}. See under {Great}.
  
      {Privy seal}. See under {Privy}, a.
  
      {Seal lock}, a lock in which the keyhole is covered by a seal
            in such a way that the lock can not be opened without
            rupturing the seal.
  
      {Seal manual}. See under {Manual}, a.
  
      {Seal ring}, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or
            ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring.
            --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seal \Seal\ (s[emac]l), n. [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG.
      selah, Dan. s[91]l, Sw. sj[84]l, Icel. selr.] (Zo[94]l.)
      Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families {Phocid[91]}
      and {Otariid[91]}.
  
      Note: Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in
               the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are
               numerous species, bearing such popular names as {sea
               lion}, {sea leopard}, {sea bear}, or {ursine seal},
               {fur seal}, and {sea elephant}. The bearded seal
               ({Erignathus barbatus}), the hooded seal ({Cystophora
               crustata}), and the ringed seal ({Phoca f[d2]tida}),
               are northern species. See also {Eared seal}, {Harp
               seal}, and {Fur seal}, under {Eared}, {Harp}, {Monk},
               and {Fur}. Seals are much hunted for their skins and
               fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is
               very abundant.
  
      {Harbor seal} (Zo[94]l.), the common seal ({Phoca vitulina}).
            It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific
            Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also {marbled
            seal}, {native seal}, {river seal}, {bay seal}, {land
            seal}, {sea calf}, {sea cat}, {sea dog}, {dotard},
            {ranger}, {selchie}, {tangfish}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seal \Seal\, v. i.
      To affix one's seal, or a seal. [Obs.]
  
               I will seal unto this bond.                     --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seal \Seal\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sealed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Skaling}.] [OE. selen; cf. OF. seeler, seieler, F. sceller,
      LL. sigillare. See {Seal} a stamp.]
      1. To set or affix a seal to; hence, to authenticate; to
            confirm; to ratify; to establish; as, to seal a deed.
  
                     And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      2. To mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard
            exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality; as, to
            seal weights and measures; to seal silverware.
  
      3. To fasten with a seal; to attach together with a wafer,
            wax, or other substance causing adhesion; as, to seal a
            letter.
  
      4. Hence, to shut close; to keep close; to make fast; to keep
            secure or secret.
  
                     Seal up your lips, and give no words but
                     [bd]mum[b8].                                       --Shak.
  
      5. To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement,
            plaster, or the like. --Gwilt.
  
      6. To close by means of a seal; as, to seal a drainpipe with
            water. See 2d {Seal}, 5.
  
      7. Among the Mormons, to confirm or set apart as a second or
            additional wife. [Utah, U.S.]
  
                     If a man once married desires a second helpmate . .
                     . she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of
                     the church.                                       --H.
                                                                              Stansbury.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Center \Cen"ter\, [or] Centre \Cen"tre\, seal \seal\ . (Gas
      Manuf.)
      A compound hydraulic valve for regulating the passage of the
      gas through a set of purifiers so as to cut out each one in
      turn for the renewal of the lime.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   SEAL
  
      Semantics-directed Environment Adaptation Language.
  
      {(ftp://ftp.cwi.nl/pub/gipe/0092b.ps.Z)}.
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Seal
      commonly a ring engraved with some device (Gen. 38:18, 25).
      Jezebel "wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his
      seal" (1 Kings 21:8). Seals are frequently mentioned in Jewish
      history (Deut. 32:34; Neh. 9:38; 10:1; Esther 3:12; Cant. 8:6;
      Isa. 8:16; Jer. 22:24; 32:44, etc.). Sealing a document was
      equivalent to the signature of the owner of the seal. "The use
      of a signet-ring by the monarch has recently received a
      remarkable illustration by the discovery of an impression of
      such a signet on fine clay at Koyunjik, the site of the ancient
      Nineveh. This seal appears to have been impressed from the bezel
      of a metallic finger-ring. It is an oval, 2 inches in length by
      1 inch wide, and bears the image, name, and titles of the
      Egyptian king Sabaco" (Rawlinson's Hist. Illus. of the O.T., p.
      46). The actual signet-rings of two Egyptian kings (Cheops and
      Horus) have been discovered. (See {SIGNET}.)
     
         The use of seals is mentioned in the New Testament only in
      connection with the record of our Lord's burial (Matt. 27:66).
      The tomb was sealed by the Pharisees and chief priests for the
      purpose of making sure that the disciples would not come and
      steal the body away (ver. 63, 64). The mode of doing this was
      probably by stretching a cord across the stone and sealing it at
      both ends with sealing-clay. When God is said to have sealed the
      Redeemer, the meaning is, that he has attested his divine
      mission (John 6:27). Circumcision is a seal, an attestation of
      the covenant (Rom. 4:11). Believers are sealed with the Spirit,
      as God's mark put upon them (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Converts are by
      Paul styled the seal of his apostleship, i.e., they are its
      attestation (1 Cor. 9:2). Seals and sealing are frequently
      mentioned in the book of Revelation (5:1; 6:1; 7:3; 10:4;
      22:10).
     
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