- a small amount of water held by a trap to exclude foul gases from a sewer or the like.
- the depth of the part of the water that actually excludes the gases.
verb (used with object)
- to close hermetically: to seal off a jar.
- 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.
Origin of seal1
noun, plural seals, (especially collectively for 1) seal.
verb (used without object)
Origin of seal2
verb (used with object) Falconry.
Examples from the Web for sealed
Contemporary Examples of sealed
The court papers are sealed, but the couple has made it clear they want to be relieved of their parental responsibilities.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
That means that Champagne is fermented a second time in the bottle when sealed closed, which naturally produces the bubbles.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
These objects, along with dozens more, will be sealed until 2114.New York’s Century-Old Time Capsule Is a Dud
October 8, 2014
It was he who sealed the cases that we filled, and he refused to do it in my presence in spite of my requests.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
Her bones stick up from the ground, and water has sealed them with a sparkling calcite coating.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors
August 14, 2014
Historical Examples of sealed
His work, a sealed book to his women before, lay open to her.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And now the name of the town whose doom was sealed was no secret.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The cover was blank; it was sealed with a small device, as of a ring seal.
She sat down, wrote a hasty line, sealed, and gave it to Morton.
The hour that sealed the compact between us was one of regret and alarm.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- to mark with one's sign or seal
- to endorse
Word Origin for seal
Word Origin for seal
"design stamped on wax," especially one attached to a document as evidence of authenticity, c.1200, from Old French seel "seal on a letter" (Modern French sceau), from Vulgar Latin *sigellum (source of Italian suggello, Spanish sello; also Old Frisian and Middle High German sigel, German Siegel), from Latin sigillum "small picture, engraved figure, seal," diminutive of signum "mark, token" (see sign (n.)). An earlier borrowing directly from Latin is represented by Old English insigel. Technical use, "what prevents the escape of a gas or liquid" is from 1853.
fish-eating mammal with flippers, Old English seolh "seal," from Proto-Germanic *selkhaz (cf. Old Norse selr, Swedish sjöl, Danish sæl, Middle Low German sel, Middle Dutch seel, Old High German selah), of unknown origin, perhaps a borrowing from Finnic. Seal point "dark brown marking on a Siamese cat" is recorded from 1934, from the dark brown color of seal fur; cf. seal brown "rich, dark brown color," by 1875. Old English seolhbæð, literally "seal's bath," was an Anglo-Saxon kenning for "the sea."
"to fasten with (or as with) a seal," c.1200, from seal (n.1). Meaning "to place a seal on (a document)" is recorded from mid-14c.; hence "to conclude, ratify, render official" (late 15c.). Sense of "to close up with wax, lead, cement, etc." is attested from 1660s, from the notion of wax seals on envelopes. In reference to the actions of wood-coatings, 1940. Related: Sealed; sealing. Sealing-wax is attested from c.1300. To seal (one's) fate (1799) probably reflects the notion of a seal on an execution warrant.
In addition to the idioms beginning with seal
- seal of approval
- seal off
- seal one's fate
- lips are sealed
- set one's seal on
- signed, sealed and delivered