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English Dictionary: seed by the DICT Development Group
3 results for seed
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a small hard fruit
  2. a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
  3. one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    Synonym(s): seeded player, seed
  4. anything that provides inspiration for later work
    Synonym(s): source, seed, germ
  5. the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
    Synonym(s): semen, seed, seminal fluid, ejaculate, cum, come
  1. go to seed; shed seeds; "The dandelions went to seed"
  2. help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
  3. bear seeds
  4. place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
    Synonym(s): sow, seed
  5. distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
  6. sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain; "seed clouds"
  7. inoculate with microorganisms
  8. remove the seeds from; "seed grapes"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seed \Seed\, n.; pl. {Seed} or {Seeds}. [OE. seed, sed, AS.
      s[?]d, fr. s[be]wan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat,
      Icel. s[be][?], s[?][?]i, Goth. manas[?]ps seed of men.
      world. See {Sow} to scatter seed, and cf. {Colza}.]
      1. (Bot.)
            (a) 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.
            (b) 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.
      Note: 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.
      Note: 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 down} (Bot.), the soft hairs on certain seeds, as
            cotton seed.
      {Seed drill}. See 6th {Drill}, 2
            (a) .
      {Seed eater} (Zo[94]l.), any finch of the genera
            {Sporophila}, and {Crithagra}. They feed mainly on seeds.
      {Seed gall} (Zo[94]l.), 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
      {Seed tick} (Zo[94]l.), 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} (Zo[94]l.), any one of numerous small weevels,
            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.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Seed \Seed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seeded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      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.
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