Nearby words

  1. see-saw,
  2. see-through,
  3. seebeck,
  4. seebeck effect,
  5. seecatch,
  6. seed beetle,
  7. seed capital,
  8. seed capsule,
  9. seed coat,
  10. seed coral


    go/run to seed,
    1. (of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of yielding seed.
    2. to lose vigor, power, or prosperity; deteriorate: He has gone to seed in the last few years.
    in seed,
    1. (of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
    2. (of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.

Origin of seed

before 900; (noun) Middle English sede, side, seed(e), Old English sēd, sǣd; cognate with German Saat, Old Norse sāth, Gothic -seths; (v.) Middle English seden to produce seeds, derivative of the noun; akin to sow1

7. descendants, heirs, posterity, issue, scions.

Related forms
Can be confusedcede concede secede seedrecede reseed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seeding


abbreviation for

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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 anythingthe seeds of revolt
mainly Bible offspring or descendantsthe seed of Abraham
an archaic or dialect term for sperm 1, semen
sport a seeded player
the egg cell or cells of the lobster and certain other animals
chem a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
go to seed or run to seed
  1. (of plants) to produce and shed seeds
  2. 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
  1. to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
  2. to distribute (players or teams) in this manner
Derived Formsseedlike, adjectiveseedless, adjective

Word Origin for seed

Old English sǣd; related to Old Norse sāth, Gothic sēths, Old High German sāt

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Word Origin and History for seeding
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Medicine definitions for seeding




A ripened plant ovule that contains an embryo.
A propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber or a spore.
Sperm; semen.
A pellet filled with a radioactive isotope that is implanted at the site of a cancerous tumor to provide localized administration of radiation.


To inoculate a culture medium with microorganisms.

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Science definitions for seeding




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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Idioms and Phrases with seeding


see run to seed.

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