the fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant.
any propagative part of a plant, including tubers, bulbs, etc., especially as preserved for growing a new crop.
such parts collectively.
any similar small part or fruit.
the germ or propagative source of anything: the seeds of discord.
birth: not of mortal seed.
the ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
a small air bubble in a glass piece, caused by defective firing.
Crystallography, Chemistry. a small crystal added to a solution to promote crystallization.
Tennis. a player who has been seeded in a tournament.
to sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed.
to sow or scatter (seed).
to sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
to place, introduce, etc., especially in the hope of increase or profit: to seed a lake with trout.
to sprinkle on (a surface, substance, etc.) in the manner of seed: to seed an icy bridge with chemicals.
to remove the seeds from (fruit).
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.
to develop or stimulate (a business, project, etc.), especially by providing operating capital.
to sow seed.
to produce or shed seed.
of or producing seed; used for seed: a seed potato.
being or providing capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise: The research project began with seed donations from the investors.
Idioms about seed
go / run to seed,
(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.
- seedless, adjective
- seed·less·ness, noun
- seedlike, adjective
- de·seed, verb (used with object)
- o·ver·seed, verb
- re·seed, verb
- un·der·seed·ed, adjective
- un·seed·ed, adjective
- un·seed·ing, adjective
- well-seeded, adjective
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How to use seed in a sentence
Calotropis pod fibers creating an air balloon to carry seeds away from the plant.How a Wasteland Shrub Is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Fashion | Daniel Malloy | August 28, 2020 | Ozy
Undermyfork, a diabetes tracking app designed to help people with the disease improve “time-in-range” and better manage their condition, has raised $400,000 in seed funding.Undermyfork scores $400K seed for its diabetes tracking app and US launch | Steve O'Hear | August 28, 2020 | TechCrunch
For decades, astronomers have theorized microbes could drift through the vastness of space like pollen in the wind, planting the seeds of life across the cosmos.Clumps of bacteria could spread life between planets | Paola Rosa-Aquino | August 27, 2020 | Popular-Science
LeBron James’s points and assists per game, 3-point attempts, effective field-goal percentage and usage rate on his five top-seeded playoff teamsRegular season only.What Can LeBron’s Previous Top-Seeded Teams Tell Us About This One? | Andres Waters | August 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Knocked-out fifth seed Pittsburgh would have loved to see Lafrenière playing alongside Sidney Crosby next year.First The New York Rangers Made The Postseason. Then They Got The No. 1 Draft Pick. | Julian McKenzie | August 13, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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? | Nina Strochlic | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marianne Hayes | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food | Brandon Presser | July 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1954, no one had met anyone like her, or the novel that contained her: ‘The Bad seed.’American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath | Nathaniel Rich | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The seed of discontent was again germinating under the duplicity of the Spanish lay and clerical authorities.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The color (p. 027) of the seed also varies according to the varieties of the plant.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The ne'er-do-well blew, like seed before the wind, to distant places, but mankind at large stayed at home.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
When the man turned bad on his hands, Jahweh was angry, and cursed him and his seed for thousands of years.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one little measure, and thirty bushels of seed shall yield three bushels.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for seed (1 of 2)
botany a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa): Related adjective: seminal
the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat
(loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb
such parts collectively
the source, beginning, or germ of anything: the seeds of revolt
mainly Bible offspring or descendants: the seed of Abraham
sport a seeded player
the egg cell or cells of the lobster and certain other animals
See seed oyster
chem a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
go to seed or run to seed
(of plants) to produce and shed seeds
to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
to plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil): we seeded this field with oats
(intr) (of plants) to form or shed seeds
(tr) to remove the seeds from (fruit, etc)
(tr) chem to add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization
(tr) to scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain
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
- seedlike, adjective
- seedless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for SEED (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for seed
A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm, a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon. The first seed-bearing plants emerged at least 365 million years ago in the late Devonian Period. Many angiosperms have evolved specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals. See more at germination ovule.
To plant seeds in soil.
To initiate rainfall or to generate additional rainfall by artificially increasing the precipitation efficiency of clouds. See more at cloud seeding.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with seed
see run to seed.
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