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.

Nearby words

  1. seahorse,
  2. seajack,
  3. seakale beet,
  4. seakeeping,
  5. seakindly,
  6. seal beach,
  7. seal brown,
  8. seal dog,
  9. seal of approval,
  10. seal off

Idioms

    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 signum sign; replacing Middle English seil, Old English (in)segel seal < Late Latin, as above; (v.) sealen, seilen < Old French seeler, seieler, derivative of seel

Related formsseal·a·ble, adjectivere·seal·a·ble, adjective

Can be confusedceiling sealing

seal

2
[ 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

Related formsseal·like, adjective

seal

3
[ seel ]
/ sil /

verb (used with object) Falconry.

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British Dictionary definitions for sealed

sealed

/ (siːld) /

verb

the past participle of seal 1

adjective

Australian and NZ (of a road) having a hard surface; made-up

seal

1
/ (siːl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formssealable, adjective

Word Origin for seal

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

seal

2
/ (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 Formsseal-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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Word Origin and History for sealed
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Science definitions for sealed

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 sealed

seal

In addition to the idioms beginning with seal

  • seal of approval
  • seal off
  • seal one's fate

also see:

  • lips are sealed
  • set one's seal on
  • signed, sealed and delivered
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