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)
- seebeck effect,
- seed beetle,
- seed capital,
- seed capsule,
- seed coat,
- seed coral
- (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
Examples from the Web for 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?|Nina Strochlic|October 14, 2014|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|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|DAILY BEAST
To hear Cianci tell it, in the last 13 years Providence is a city that has gone to seed.
I remember next being a seed, and going through each stage of evolution.
They are easily raised in spring from seed, and the perennials may be increased by cuttings placed under glass, or by division.Gardening for the Million|Alfred Pink
The docks have almost gone to seed; and their roots go deeper than conscience.
Shakspeare and the poets sowed the seed, which Newton and the philosophers reaped.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
The hollyhocks and roses that Prue wants do not bloom the first year from seed.A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls|Albert Bigelow Paine
Hit's forty mile ter thet school, an' mebby they're full up—but I've done been over thar an' seed hit.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
- (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.