bud

1
[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /

noun

verb (used without object), bud·ded, bud·ding.

verb (used with object), bud·ded, bud·ding.

to cause to bud.
Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.

Idioms

    in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state: a Shakespeare in the bud.Also in bud.
    nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development: The rebellion was nipped in the bud.

Origin of bud

1
1350–1400; Middle English budde bud, spray, pod; akin to German Hagebutte hip, Old Norse budda purse, dialectal Swedish bodd head, Dutch buidel bag, purse, Middle Low German buddich swollen

Related forms

bud·der, nounbud·less, adjectivebud·like, adjectivenon·bud·ding, adjective, noun

Can be confused

budder butter

Definition for bud (2 of 5)

bud

2
[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /

noun

brother; buddy (used in informal address, as to one's brother or to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).

Origin of bud

2
1850–55, Americanism; back formation from buddy

Definition for bud (3 of 5)

Bud

or Budd

[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /

noun

a male given name.

Definition for bud (4 of 5)

Abbott

[ ab-uh t ]
/ ˈæb ət /

noun


Definition for bud (5 of 5)

Powell

[ pou-uh l; for 2, 3 also poh-uh l ]
/ ˈpaʊ əl; for 2, 3 also ˈpoʊ əl /

noun


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British Dictionary definitions for bud (1 of 3)

bud

1
/ (bʌd) /

noun


verb buds, budding or budded

Word Origin for bud

C14 budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel

British Dictionary definitions for bud (2 of 3)

bud

2
/ (bʌd) /

noun

informal, mainly US short for buddy

British Dictionary definitions for bud (3 of 3)

Powell

/ (ˈpaʊəl) /

noun

(ˈpəʊəl) Anthony (Dymoke ˈdɪmək). 1905–2000, British novelist, best known for his sequence of novels under the general title A Dance to the Music of Time (1951–75)
Cecil Frank. 1903–69, British physicist, who was awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1950 for his discovery of the pi-meson
Colin (Luther) (ˈcəʊlɪn). born 1937, US politician and general; Republican secretary of state (2001–05)
Earl, known as Bud Powell. 1924–1966, US modern-jazz pianist
(John) Enoch. 1912–98, British politician. An outspoken opponent of Commonwealth immigration into Britain and of British membership of the Common Market (now the European Union), in 1974 he resigned from the Conservative Party, returning to Parliament as a United Ulster Unionist Council member (1974–87)
Michael. 1905–90, British film writer, producer, and director, best known for his collaboration (1942–57) with Emeric Pressburger. Films include The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Red Shoes (1948), and Peeping Tom (1960)

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Medicine definitions for bud

bud

[ bŭd ]

n.

A small, rounded anatomical structure or organic part, such as a taste bud.
An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.

v.

To put forth or cause to put forth buds.
To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.
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Science definitions for bud

bud

[ bŭd ]

Noun

A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three.Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch.Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds, occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem).Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.
A small rounded outgrowth on an asexually reproducing organism, such as a yeast or hydra, that is capable of developing into a new individual. See more at budding.
A tiny part or structure, such as a taste bud, that is shaped like a plant bud.

Verb

To form or produce a bud or buds.
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Idioms and Phrases with bud

bud

see nip in the bud.


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