seed
I. noun (plural seed or seeds) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sǣd; akin to Old High German sāt seed, Old English sāwan to sow — more at sow Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) the grains or ripened ovules of plants used for sowing (2) the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant; broadly a propagative plant structure (as a spore or small dry fruit) b. a propagative animal structure: (1) milt, semen (2) a small egg (as of an insect) (3) a developmental form of a lower animal suitable for transplanting; specifically spat c. the condition or stage of bearing seed <
in seed
>
2. progeny 3. a source of development or growth ; germ <
sowed the seeds of discord
>
4. something (as a tiny particle or a bubble in glass) that resembles a seed in shape or size 5. a competitor who has been seeded in a tournament <
the top seed
>
seed adjectiveseeded adjectiveseedless adjectiveseedlike adjective II. verb Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to bear or shed seed 2. to sow seed ; plant transitive verb 1. a. to plant seeds in ; sow <
seed a lawn with grass
>
b. to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development c. inoculate d. to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation); especially to treat (a cloud) with solid particles to convert water droplets into ice crystals in an attempt to produce precipitation e. to cover or permeate by or as if by scattering something <
seeded [the] sea-lanes with thousands of magnetic mines — Otto Friedrich
>
2. plant 1a 3. to extract the seeds from (as raisins) 4. a. to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds b. to rank (a contestant) relative to others in a tournament on the basis of previous record <
the top-seeded tennis star
>

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  • Seed — (s[=e]d), n.; pl. {Seed} or {Seeds}. [OE. seed, sed, AS. s[=ae]d, fr. s[=a]wan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat, Icel. s[=a][eth], s[ae][eth]i, Goth. manas[=e][thorn]s seed of men, world. See {Sow} to scatter seed, and cf. {Colza}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seed — (s[=e]d), n.; pl. {Seed} or {Seeds}. [OE. seed, sed, AS. s[=ae]d, fr. s[=a]wan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat, Icel. s[=a][eth], s[ae][eth]i, Goth. manas[=e][thorn]s seed of men, world. See {Sow} to scatter seed, and cf. {Colza}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • SEED — (englisch „pflanzlicher Same“) ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Huck Seed (* 1968), US amerikanischer Pokerspieler Jimmy Seed (1895–1966), englischer Fußballspieler Seed bezeichnet in der Computertechnik: ein Peer im BitTorrent Umfeld,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Seed — (englisch „pflanzlicher Same“) ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Harry Bolton Seed (1922–1989), britisch US amerikanischer Bauingenieur Huck Seed (* 1968), US amerikanischer Pokerspieler Jimmy Seed (1895–1966), englischer Fußballspieler… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • SEED — Résumé Concepteur(s) agence de sécurité de l information coréenne (KISA) Première publication 1998 Dérivé de Chiffrement(s) basé(s) sur cet algorithme Caractéristiques …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Seed — (film) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Seed (homonymie). Seed est un film américain réalisé par Uwe Boll non sorti dans les salles françaises. Sommaire 1 Synopsis 2 Récompenses …   Wikipédia en Français

  • seed — [sēd] n. pl. seeds or seed [ME sede < OE sæd, akin to Ger saat < IE base * sē(i) , to cast, let fall > L serere, to sow, plant, sator, sower, semen, seed] 1. the part of a flowering plant that typically contains the embryo with its… …   English World dictionary

  • Seed — Seed, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Seeded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Seeding}.] 1. To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow; as, to seed a field. [1913 Webster] 2. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seed — Seed, v. i. 1. To sow seed. [1913 Webster] 2. To shed the seed. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] 3. To grow to maturity, and to produce seed. [1913 Webster] Many interests have grown up, and seeded, and twisted their roots in the crevices of many wrongs …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seed — ► NOUN 1) a flowering plant s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant. 2) the beginning of a feeling, process, or condition. 3) archaic a man s semen. 4) archaic (chiefly in biblical use) offspring or descendants. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • seed — [n1] beginning, source berry, bud, cell, conceit, concept, conception, core, corn, ear, egg, embryo, germ, grain, image, impression, inkling, kernel, notion, nucleus, nut, ovule, ovum, particle, rudiment, semen, spark, sperm, spore, start,… …   New thesaurus

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