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seed

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noun \ ˈsēd \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of seed

plural seed or seeds
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 (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
2 :progeny
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

seed

adjective

seeded

play \ˈsē-dəd\ adjective

seedless

play \ˈsēd-ləs\ adjective

seedlike

play \ˈsēd-ˌlīk\ adjective
go to seed or run to seed
1 :to develop seed

Examples of seed in a Sentence

  1. a packet of sunflower seeds

  2. He planted the seeds three inches apart.

  3. She raked the grass seed into the soil.

  4. The top seed won the tournament.

  5. Our team is the number one seed.

  6. She is ranked as the third seed.

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Origin and Etymology of seed

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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seed

verb

Definition of seed

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
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 (fruit)
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

Examples of seed in a Sentence

  1. We seeded the field with corn.

  2. These plants will seed late in the fall.

  3. After you wash and seed the peppers you can chop them.

Recent Examples of seed from the Web

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First Known Use of seed

14th century

seed Synonyms

Synonyms
drill, put in, plant, sow
Related Words
bed; replant, transplant; broadcast, scatter; pot; overseed, reseed
Near Antonyms
gather, harvest, reap


SEED Defined for English Language Learners

seed

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Definition of seed for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of seed for English Language Learners

  • : to plant (an area of ground) with seeds

  • of a plant : to produce seeds

  • : to remove (seeds) from a fruit or vegetable


SEED Defined for Kids

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seed

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noun \ ˈsēd \

Definition of seed for Students

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.

seeded

\ˈsē-dəd\ adjective

seedless

\ˈsēd-ləs\ adjective

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seed

verb

Definition of seed for Students

seeded; seeding
1 :2sow 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.

Medical Dictionary

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seed

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noun \ ˈsēd \

medical Definition of seed

plural seed or seeds
1 a :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

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seed

intransitive verb

medical Definition of seed

: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)

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seed

adjective

medical Definition of seed

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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