seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \
plural seed or seeds

Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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 (such 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
3 : a source of development or growth : germ sowed the seeds of discord
4 : something (such 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
go to seed or run to seed
1 : to develop seed

seed

verb
seeded; seeding; seeds

Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to bear or shed seed
2 : to sow seed : plant

transitive verb

1a : to plant seeds in : sow seed a lawn with grass
b : to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development
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
3 : to extract the seeds from (fruit)
4a : 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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Other Words from seed

Noun

seed adjective
seeded \ ˈsē-​dəd How to pronounce seeded (audio) \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs How to pronounce seedless (audio) \ adjective
seedlike \ ˈsēd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce seedlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for seed

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Do you cede or seed control?

Verb

Cede means "to yield or grant typically by treaty." Most of the verb senses of seed are concerned with planting seeds (either literal, as of plants, or figuratively, as of ideas). However, the word may also be used to mean "to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds." If you relinquish or yield something you are ceding it, and if you are organizing the participants in a tournament you are seeding them.

Examples of seed in a Sentence

Noun a packet of sunflower seeds He planted the seeds three inches apart. She raked the grass seed into the soil. The top seed won the tournament. Our team is the number one seed. She is ranked as the third seed. Verb We seeded the field with corn. These plants will seed late in the fall. After you wash and seed the peppers you can chop them.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More: Vote for top boys performances for week of Dec. 30-Jan. 4 More: Crispus Attucks, Cathedral top two seeds for boys City tournament Class 2A W-L Pts Prv 1. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "This week's Associated Press high school boys basketball poll," 7 Jan. 2020 Quinoa studded with pomegranate seeds adds a festive touch to perfectly cooked pork. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pork Tenderloin With Quinoa Pilaf," 6 Jan. 2020 Combine flour, pinch of cayenne, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon celery seed in a bowl. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Cornflake-Crusted Baked Chicken," 6 Jan. 2020 Many gardeners refer to it when ordering seed to determine what is hardy in their area of the state. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Okra, apple trees, outdoor tomatoes: Alaska gardeners have widening options in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 The Cougar football team lost its first three games of the season before winning six of its next seven games, earning the Cougars the second playoff seed from District 12-5A Division 2. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Stories of the Year: a state championship, a new athletic director/football coach and an undefeated regular season," 30 Dec. 2019 Entering Sunday's play, each team still has a shot at the NFC's top playoff seed. USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season's best and worst: From Lamar Jackson's excellence to Antonio Brown's misadventures," 28 Dec. 2019 The Packers stormed back from three first-half turnovers, including a rare interception by Aaron Rodgers, to seal the Vikings (10-5) into the sixth playoff seed. oregonlive, "Green Bay Packers clinch NFC North after win against the Minnesota Vikings: Monday Night Football recap, score, stats and more," 23 Dec. 2019 The Buffalo Bills are 9-4 and closing in on a playoff seed in their third season under GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Chris Spielman: Detroit Lions should be patient, give Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia another year," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Friday, Buttigieg dismissed the criticism of his big-dollar fundraising, noting Warren herself embraced big-money donors in the past, using some of that money to seed her presidential campaign. NBC News, "'Wine cave': Inside Buttigieg's high-priced underground fundraiser," 20 Dec. 2019 Having learned from the widespread FUD cast at its own internally generated benchmarks at the Ryzen 3000 launch, this time AMD made certain to seed some review sites with evaluation hardware well before the launch. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "A detailed look at AMD’s new Epyc “Rome” 7nm server CPUs," 9 Aug. 2019 In a paper published in May, the scientists show how different proteins coordinate in a cell to seed the growth of each microtubule. Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You're Not Goop: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 The plan was to create archives of all human knowledge that could last for millions, if not billions, of years, and to seed them across Earth and throughout the solar system. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon," 5 Aug. 2019 Microbes floating in this smoke can also impact the weather, seeding the ice crystals that form clouds. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science," 20 Dec. 2019 Dabo Swinney ACC overlord Clemson is the defending national champ, but was seeded third by the College Football Playoff committee. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Joe Goodman’s 2019 College Football Holiday Swag Bag," 19 Dec. 2019 To help build excitement and generate some buzz, Apple chose to seed a few pre-release models (worth tens of thousands of dollars) with some of the most popular and influential people who regularly cover the company's new products. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why YouTubers MKBHD and iJustine Got the First Sneak Peek at the New Mac Pro," 13 Dec. 2019 Hucksters, seeding narratives that are simple, neat, and wrong, exist on every frequency of the political spectrum, if not equally so. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "The Forgotten Christian Terror Cult That Presaged Trump’s Memes," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of seed

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for seed

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sǣd; akin to Old High German sāt seed, Old English sāwan to sow — more at sow

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The first known use of seed was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run%20to%20seed. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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seed

noun
How to pronounce seed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small object produced by a plant from which a new plant can grow
: the beginning of something which continues to develop or grow
: a player or team that is ranked as one of the best in a competition (such as a tennis tournament) in order to be sure that the best players or teams do not play against each other in the early part of the competition

seed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

: to plant (an area of ground) with seeds
of a plant : to produce seeds
: to remove (seeds) from a fruit or vegetable

seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \

Kids Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tiny developing plant that is enclosed in a protective coat usually along with a supply of food and that is able to develop under suitable conditions into a plant like the one that produced it
2 : a small structure (as a spore or a tiny dry fruit) other than a true seed by which a plant reproduces itself
3 : the descendants of one individual
4 : a source of development or growth : germ The comment planted a seed of doubt in my mind.

Other Words from seed

seeded \ ˈsē-​dəd \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs \ adjective

seed

verb
seeded; seeding

Kids Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sow entry 2 sense 2, plant Farmers seed the fields with wheat.
2 : to produce or shed seeds The plant seeds early.
3 : to take the seeds out of You have to wash and seed the peppers.

seed

noun
\ ˈsēd How to pronounce seed (audio) \
plural seed or seeds

Medical Definition of seed

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 — see seed tick
2 : a small usually glass and gold or platinum capsule used as a container for a radioactive substance (as radium or radon) to be applied usually interstitially in the treatment of cancer implantation of radon seeds for bladder cancer

Medical Definition of seed (Entry 2 of 3)

: to bear or shed seed

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development
3 : to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation)

Medical Definition of seed (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : selected or used to produce a new crop or stock seed virus
2 : left or saved for breeding a seed population

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