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 seededraise, farm, cover, scatter, sow, implant, bury, grow, transplant, propagate, fertilize, plant, manage, prepare, breed, tend, harvest, plow, reap, graze
Examples from the Web for seeded
Contemporary Examples of seeded
For some reason, this means George Washington will be seeded well.Meet the Man to Hate on Selection Sunday
March 16, 2014
The studio audience was often seeded with people who had an interest in the person being interviewed.‘A Fiery Tribune’
September 1, 2013
They were seeded in a lab onto a plastic scaffold, where it took less than a week for them to multiply and create a new windpipe.The Power of Stem Cell Research Saves a Little Girl
May 1, 2013
Seeded Cheddar Cheese Straws Long before cooking for fancy folks, these graced the tables of many Southerners.5 Recipes from Art Smith
January 5, 2010
A sweet 17-year-old Georgia peach, Melanie Oudin, finds herself astonished to be seeded right behind the Williams sisters.Nadal's Head Game
September 3, 2009
Historical Examples of seeded
Your group is first to approach the hundreds of thousands of planets we have seeded.Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
When seeded alone for hay, 30 pounds of seed per acre may be used.
When seeded alone, 20 to 30 pounds of seed per acre should be used.
It may be seeded in the spring or fall, and preferably in August or September.
Clover may be seeded also, and on a majority of farms it fails to thrive when sown.
- (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
1922 in the sports sense (originally tennis), past participle adjective from seed (v.).
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.