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 seed (audio) \ adjective
seedless \ ˈsēd-​ləs How to pronounce seed (audio) \ adjective
seedlike \ ˈsēd-​ˌlīk How to pronounce seed (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 Minnesota farmers are spotting a new effect: rising costs for seed, fertilizer and other materials. Evan Ramstad, Star Tribune, "For Minnesota farmers, 2020 was nothing like they expected and surprisingly profitable," 9 Jan. 2021 How are they supposed to compete with Orlando, last year’s Eastern Conference eighth seed, under these circumstances? Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ injuries threatening to derail surprising start," 5 Jan. 2021 Epara's natural cleansing oil targets hyperpigmentation for medium to deep skin tones, harnessing the healing powers of moringa seed, marula, and argan oils, as well as licorice root and plankton extracts, to help fade dark spots over time. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Cleansing Oil Is the Secret to Glowing Skin This Winter," 2 Jan. 2021 If the Saints don't secure the No. 1 seed, continued issued with coronavirus absences could impact their Wild Card round matchup. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Report: Saints safety DJ Swearinger out vs. Panthers due to coronavirus, joining long list," 2 Jan. 2021 With a blend of nourishing oils — including safflower seed, tamanu, and rosehip — as well as ceramides, which help to lock in moisture, niacinamide, glycerin, and squalane. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "KraveBeauty's Great Barrier Relief Serum Calms My Skin's Redness Without Getting Rid of Its Rosy Glow," 27 Dec. 2020 Keller and Keller Timber Creek are set to faceoff Monday with the fourth playoff spot in District 4-6A, and the No. 2 seed in Division I, on the line. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "5 Dallas-area football things to watch this week, including uncertainty for star QBs and one last playoff spot up for grabs," 6 Dec. 2020 If Legacy wins, Southside will be the No. 1 seed, followed by Legacy. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "District 14-5A-I works through ‘strange year’," 3 Dec. 2020 But if Alabama remains undefeated and locks up the No. 1 seed, who will their opponent be in the CFP semifinals Jan. 1? Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "If Alabama remains No. 1, who will be their playoff opponent?," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But each use of the type 2 vaccine had the potential to seed future vaccine virus transmission chains. Helen Branswell, STAT, "3 global health issues to watch in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Federal dollars used to seed the fund must be spent by Dec. 30. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "State’s fund for Black Oregonians suspends grants, faces renewed legal challenge," 15 Dec. 2020 Allen’s victory clinched a playoff berth for Boyd (4-6, 3-3) for the first time since 2014 as 5-6A’s No. 2 Division I seed. Dallas News, "Prosper takes advantage of second chance, reaches playoffs for sixth straight year with win over McKinney Boyd," 5 Dec. 2020 No vaccine will arrive in time to alter the current surge of virus, as hospitals are overwhelmed, testing capacity is stretched and intensive care units fill with sick people — right before holidays that may seed even more outbreaks. Anchorage Daily News, "Pfizer and BioNTech apply for regulatory clearance of their coronavirus vaccine," 21 Nov. 2020 No vaccine will arrive in time to alter the current surge of virus, as hospitals are overwhelmed, testing capacity is stretched and intensive care units fill with sick people -- right before holidays that may seed even more outbreaks. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Pfizer, partner ask FDA for green light on vaccine," 21 Nov. 2020 Indeed, the new simulations suggest a large amount of mass was flying around the Solar System during this time, even potentially delivering complex molecules that can seed the chemistry of life to Earth and other planets. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Famed meteorite reveals early water on Mars—and an early outer space bombardment," 16 Nov. 2020 But Azar also used the opportunity to seed some doubt about Pfizer’s abilities to deliver the basics. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Pfizer, Trump, and Biden: A twisted triangle that’s complicating COVID-19 relief," 19 Dec. 2020 There were questions about the legality of the fund when the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board voted in July to allocate federal dollars to seed the unique fund. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "State’s $62 million relief fund for Black Oregonians suspends operations, hands over remaining money to federal court," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for seed

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

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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