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 The next season, one of the most important teams in Tigers history began a magical run in 2006, which planted the seeds for the most prosperous stretch in franchise history. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Curtis Granderson retires; his connection to Detroit Tigers fans never wavered," 1 Feb. 2020 The original plan for the Warriors 2020 season, according to many experts, was for Curry and Draymond Green carrying Golden State to a mid-seed in the West, allowing Thompson to return from his ACL tear in time for a playoff push. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Steve Kerr gives update on Steph Curry's recovery from hand injury," 1 Feb. 2020 While avoiding a loss was important for Kentucky's tournament seed, Kentucky coach John Calipari said the most important development was the continued progress of his players taking the reins of the team. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball narrowly avoids embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt," 30 Jan. 2020 Part supernatural horror, part rape-revenge fantasy, Amulet is the kind of movie that sneaks into your mind and plants a seed. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "From Dirty Dancing 2 To Director — Romola Garai’s Horror Movie Is Headed To Sundance," 27 Jan. 2020 Pat salmon dry, season with 1/4 tsp salt, then press one side of each fillet in sesame seeds, pressing to coat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sesame Salmon With Quinoa Pilaf and Pistachio Vinaigrette," 22 Jan. 2020 Toss together fennel seed, coriander, and lemon zest in a bowl. Country Living Test Kitchen, Country Living, "Roasted Chicken with Fennel and Tomatoes," 22 Jan. 2020 Coleman Coliseum hadn’t yet cleared Wednesday night when Nate Oats planted the first seed. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Alabama’s next big challenge after routing No. 4 Auburn," 18 Jan. 2020 Like chia seeds, aloe, and okra, sea moss is a mucilaginous food. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sea Moss Healthy? Here's How to Eat It for Maximum Benefits," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gonzalez finally met Abdullah again in a hotel restaurant in Amman that had been seeded with FBI and CIA personnel and Jordanian intelligence officers. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 One of the ironies of the pyroCb is that because it’s generated by fire, the smoke seeding changes the microphysics to the point where precipitation doesn’t form. National Geographic, "Intense ‘firestorms’ forming from Australia’s deadly wildfires," 6 Jan. 2020 The judge found substantial circumstantial evidence that Pratt personally seeded the site with private information about GirlsDoPorn women. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge awards women $13 million in massive lawsuit against GirlsDoPorn," 4 Jan. 2020 Place the chia seeds in a mason jar (or other glass container with screw-on lid). Brianna Steinhilber, NBC News, "Want to curb your sugar cravings? Start the day with one of these breakfast recipes," 2 Jan. 2020 But there are two problems with this idea: First, the scientific evidence shows that GCRs are not very effective at seeding clouds. Mark Maslin, Teen Vogue, "5 Climate Change Myths Debunked," 18 Sep. 2019 Though the painting has been in Norway’s national collection since 1910, its untextured style and arrestingly dreary color palette, dominated by greens and browns, began to seed doubts among experts in the 1970s. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Vincent van Gogh Self-Portrait, Painted During Bout of Psychosis, Confirmed as Authentic," 21 Jan. 2020 Fire this year wiped out stands re-seeded following fires in 2013. Anchorage Daily News, "Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia," 19 Jan. 2020 On our planet, scientists would build and seed a full-scale fungal Chia Pet house. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars," 16 Jan. 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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The first known use of seed was before the 12th century

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“Seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=seed0001. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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