Examples of seminal in a Sentence
- Kandel was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2000 for his seminal observation that it was in the action of the synapses between cells that memory existed, not in the cells themselves, and that a molecule called cyclic AMP was what allowed cells to retain memory over the long term. —Michael Greenberg, New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2008
- Writer Susan Sontag died December 28 at age 71 after a long battle with cancer. She left behind an impressive body of fiction and criticism, including her seminal 1960s essays "Notes on Camp" and "Against Interpretation." —Allan Gurganus, Advocate, 1 Feb. 2005
- I wonder if the curators who organized "Matisse Picasso" ever asked themselves why it was that Alfred H. Barr Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art and the guiding spirit behind the museum's seminal exhibitions of both Picasso and Matisse, never mounted a show like the one that has now arrived at MoMA QNS. Such an exhibition might seem to be logical, almost inevitable for the Museum of Modern Art. —Jed Perl, New Republic, 3 Mar. 2003
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Since then, there’ve been three seminal moments in his fledgling career as a singer.
Today’s Video Remembering Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking, whose seminal theories shaped scientists’ thinking on black holes and the beginning of the universe, has died at the age of 76.
As a graduate student in 2005, Sean Polyn—now a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee—helped lead a seminal study applying MVPA to human memory for the first time.
Bannister had just become the first runner to break the mythical 4-minute barrier in the mile — a feat of speed and endurance that stands as one of the seminal sporting achievements of the 20th century.
At a dinner early on in the restaurant’s short life, a dining companion noted that Lady of the House felt like a seminal establishment transported from another city.
And in one of the few seminal moments the weather has allowed thus far at these Games, White sent a historic run down the Pyeongchang halfpipe in winning snowboard gold Wednesday.
After surviving the Holocaust, Frankl — a psychiatrist for seven decades and a seminal figure in the existential and humanistic therapy movements — observed that suffering is, in fact, relative.
As this seminal Motherboard article about Chop Suey mentions, there’s a part of Sales’s Theresa-and-Jeremy storyabout a party Duncan hosted near the end of her life at the couple’s apartment, in the St. Mark’s Church rectory.
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SEMINAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of seminal for English Language Learners
: having a strong influence on ideas, works, events, etc., that come later : very important and influential
medical : of or containing semen
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