noun \ˈbəd\

: a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch

Full Definition of BUD

:  a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot
:  something not yet mature or at full development: as
a :  an incompletely opened flower
b :  child, youth
c (1) :  an outgrowth of an organism that differentiates into a new individual :  gemma
(2) :  an outgrowth having the potential to differentiate and grow into a definitive organ or part :  primordium <an embryonic limb bud>
:  buddy
in the bud
:  in an early stage of development <nipped the rebellion in the bud>

Examples of BUD

  1. The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet.
  2. <that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality>

Origin of BUD

Middle English budde
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BUD



: to produce buds


Full Definition of BUD

intransitive verb
of a plant
a :  to set or put forth buds
b :  to commence growth from buds
:  to grow or develop from or as if from a bud
:  to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent
transitive verb
:  to produce or develop from buds
:  to cause (as a plant) to bud
:  to insert a bud from a plant of one kind into an opening in the bark of (a plant of another kind) usually in order to propagate a desired variety
bud·der noun

Examples of BUD

  1. The trees budded early this spring.

First Known Use of BUD

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a vascular plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot. Buds arise from meristem tissue. In temperate climates, trees form resting buds that are resistant to frost in preparation for winter. Flower buds are modified leaves.


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