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 seeding
That kind of social sorting allows for larger outbreaks by “seeding a much larger wildfire,” he said.A Fully Vaccinated Woman Contracted and Then Spread Measles. WTF?|Elizabeth Lopatto|April 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You know the true gardening rhyme, dont you?that One years seeding makes seven years weeding.The Children's Book of Gardening|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
They cant quite figure how they would get eighty cents for the dollars worth of seeding this year.The Impostor|Harold Bindloss
As a rule farmers begin their seeding from the first to the fifteenth of April, sometimes continuing well into May.Canada West 1914|Unknown
The seeding is made in August in the north, and when grown for hay or seed, it needs rye or wheat to hold it up.Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement|Alva Agee
When that was attended to we went to seeding and planting garden.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
- (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.