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 In 17 seasons under Drew, Baylor’s highest seed for the tournament was No. 3 in 2010, ’12 & ’15, but the Bears have never won the Big 12 title. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "West Virginia Mountaineers at Baylor Bears college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 15 Feb. 2020 The seeds were between 2200 and 1800 years old, the team reports today in Science Advances. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Dead Sea dates grown from 2000-year-old seeds," 5 Feb. 2020 The 2 seeds are Connecticut, Stanford, North Carolina State and Maryland. oregonlive, "Oregon State is a 3 seed in first NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket reveal," 4 Feb. 2020 But the tobacco leaves used to roll those iconic stogies hold a secret: The seeds are from Cuba, but the plants are grown in Nicaragua, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Alan Gomez, USA Today, "Before Super Bowl, Miami's Little Havana faces exodus of Cubans, pressure from developers," 31 Jan. 2020 For starters, pumpkin seeds are definitely your friend in the soup pot. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Cooking with Paul: Pumpkin seeds are your new go-to thickener for soup and H-E-B now sells pre-shredded jackfruit," 18 Jan. 2020 An unusually fluid playoff race in the conference means the eighth seed is still within reach for New Orleans, making Williamson’s addition to the lineup now even more critical. New York Times, "Zion Williamson Seems Just Days From His Official N.B.A. Debut," 15 Jan. 2020 The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all. Barry Wilner, The Courier-Journal, "Lamar Jackson sees sensational season upended in Ravens' shocking playoff loss to Titans," 12 Jan. 2020 The last sixth seed to get to the big game was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won it all. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, "Titans stun Ravens, head to AFC title game," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or, perhaps there was a group of infected animals that could have seeded the outbreak at different locations. Helen Branswell, Scientific American, "The Coronavirus Questions That Scientists Are Racing to Answer," 28 Jan. 2020 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

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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

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Seed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seed. Accessed 27 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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