Weed Weed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Weeded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Weeding}.] [AS. we['o]dian. See 3d {Weed}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds; as, to weed corn or onions; to weed a garden. [1913 Webster]

2. To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something hurtful; to extirpate; -- commonly used with out; as, to weed out inefficiency from an enterprise. ``Weed up thyme.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Wise fathers . . . weeding from their children ill things. --Ascham. [1913 Webster]

Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To free from anything hurtful or offensive. [1913 Webster]

He weeded the kingdom of such as were devoted to Elaiana. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

4. (Stock Breeding) To reject as unfit for breeding purposes. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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