noun, plural seeds, (especially collectively) seed.
verb (used with object)
- to arrange (the drawings for positions in a tournament) so that ranking players or teams will not meet in the early rounds of play.
- to distribute (ranking players or teams) in this manner.
verb (used without object)
- (of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of yielding seed.
- to lose vigor, power, or prosperity; deteriorate: He has gone to seed in the last few years.
- (of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
- (of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.
Origin of seed
Synonyms for seed
Related Words for seedegg, grain, nut, berry, corn, kernel, concept, rudiment, impression, inkling, ovum, germ, cell, start, suspicion, bud, image, core, nucleus, spark
Examples from the Web for seed
Contemporary Examples of seed
Famously, Ted Turner in 1997 founded the United Nations Foundation with a generous $1 billion in seed money.How Does Zuckerberg’s Ebola Pledge Measure Up To Other Bigwig Donations?
October 14, 2014
He said he hoped their “shed blood [would] act as a seed of hope in order to build authentic brotherhood among peoples.”Catholic Nuns Aiding Africa's Battered Wives Are Raped and Murdered
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 10, 2014
When you were setting out to work on The Giver, what planted the seed for this dark, utopian society?A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With 'The Giver' Author Lois Lowry
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To hear Cianci tell it, in the last 13 years Providence is a city that has gone to seed.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
I remember next being a seed, and going through each stage of evolution.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
Historical Examples of seed
Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations.
For no matter how hungry the people may become the seed corn must not be eaten.
"It was when the seed corn was gathered that we had the first hint of trouble," she went on.
Margaret likes Kitty and Mrs. Bartlett,—so does everybody,—but old Bartlett's a seed.In the Midst of Alarms
An' I seed her touch his coat-tail, like as if she loved it, but didn't dast do no more.Quaint Courtships
- (of plants) to produce and shed seeds
- to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
- to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
- to distribute (players or teams) in this manner
Word Origin for seed
Old English sed, sæd "that which may be sown; an individual grain of seed; offspring, posterity," from Proto-Germanic *sediz "seed" (cf. Old Norse sað, Old Saxon sad, Old Frisian sed, Middle Dutch saet, Old High German sat, German Saat), from PIE *se-ti- "sowing," from root *se- (1) "to sow" (see sow (v.)). Figurative use in Old English. Meaning "offspring, progeny" rare now except in biblical use. Meaning "semen" is from c.1300. For sporting sense, see seed (v.).
late 14c., "to flower, flourish; produce seed;" mid-15c., "to sow with seed," from seed (n.). Meaning "remove the seeds from" is from 1904. Sporting (originally tennis) sense (1898) is from notion of spreading certain players' names so as to insure they will not meet early in a tournament. The noun in this sense is attested from 1924. Related: Seeded; seeding.
see run to seed.