seal

1
[ seel ]
/ sil /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

seal off,
  1. to close hermetically: to seal off a jar.
  2. to block (an entrance, area, etc.) completely so as to prevent escape or entrance: The police sealed off the area after the bomb threat was received.

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Idioms for seal

    set one's seal to, to give one's approval to; authorize; endorse: Both families have set their seal to the marriage.

Origin of seal

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English seel,seil(e), seale mark on a document, token <Old French seel (French sceau) <Late Latin *sigellum,Latin sigillum, diminutive of signumsign; replacing Middle English seil,Old English (in)segel seal <Late Latin, as above; (v.) sealen, seilen<Old French seeler, seieler, derivative of seel

OTHER WORDS FROM seal

seal·a·ble, adjectivere·seal·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH seal

ceiling, sealing

Definition for seal (2 of 4)

seal2
[ seel ]
/ sil /

noun, plural seals, (especially collectively for 1) seal.

verb (used without object)

to hunt, kill, or capture seals.

Origin of seal

2
before 900; Middle English sele,Old English seolh; cognate with Old Norse selr

OTHER WORDS FROM seal

seallike, adjective

Definition for seal (3 of 4)

seal3
[ seel ]
/ sil /

verb (used with object) Falconry.

Definition for seal (4 of 4)

SEAL
[ seel ]
/ sil /

noun

a member of the U.S. Navy’s special operations forces.

Origin of SEAL

se(a) a(ir) l(and) (team)
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British Dictionary definitions for seal (1 of 2)

seal1
/ (siːl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of seal

sealable, adjective

Word Origin for seal

C13 seel, from Old French, from Latin sigillum little figure, from signum a sign

British Dictionary definitions for seal (2 of 2)

seal2
/ (siːl) /

noun

any pinniped mammal of the families Otariidae (eared seals) and Phocidae (earless seals) that are aquatic but come on shore to breedSee eared seal, earless seal Related adjectives: otarid, phocine
any earless seal (family Phocidae), esp the common or harbour seal or the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
sealskin

verb

(intr) to hunt for seals

Derived forms of seal

seal-like, adjective

Word Origin for seal

Old English seolh; related to Old Norse selr, Old High German selah, Old Irish selige tortoise
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Scientific definitions for seal

seal
[ sēl ]

Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers. Seals live chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and, like walruses, are pinnipeds.
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Idioms and Phrases with seal

seal

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