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 for bud

    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

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM bud

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bud

budder butter
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British Dictionary definitions for nip in the bud (1 of 2)

bud1
/ (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 nip in the bud (2 of 2)

bud2
/ (bʌd) /

noun

informal, mainly US short for buddy
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Medicine definitions for nip in the 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 nip in the 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 nip in the bud (1 of 2)

nip in the bud

Halt something at an early stage, or thoroughly check something. For example, By arresting all the leaders, they nipped the rebellion in the bud. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a spring frost that kills flower buds, was first recorded in a Beaumont and Fletcher play of 1606–1607.

Idioms and Phrases with nip in the bud (2 of 2)

bud

see nip in the bud.

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