an embossed emblem, figure, symbol, word, letter, etc., used as attestation or evidence of authenticity.
a stamp, medallion, ring, etc., engraved with such a device, for impressing paper, wax, lead, or the like:
The king took the seal from his finger and applied it to the document.
the impression so obtained:
It was unmistakably the royal seal on the document.
a mark or symbol attached to a legal document and imparting a formal character to it, originally wax with an impression.
a piece of wax or similar adhesive substance so attached to an envelope, folded document, etc., that it must be broken when the object is opened, insuring that the contents have not been tampered with or altered.
anything that tightly or completely closes or secures a thing, as closures or fastenings for doors and railroad cars, adhesive stamps and tapes used to secure the flap of an envelope, etc.
something that keeps a thing secret:
Her vow was the seal that kept her silent.
a decorative stamp, especially as given to contributors to a charitable fund:
a Christmas seal.
a mark, sign, symbol, or the like, serving as visible evidence of something.
anything that serves as assurance, confirmation, or bond:
She gave the plan her seal of approval.
a small amount of water held by a trap to exclude foul gases from a sewer or the like.
the depth of the part of the water that actually excludes the gases.
the seals, British. the tokens or signs of public office.
verb (used with object)
to affix a seal to in authorization, testimony, etc.
to assure, confirm, or bind with or as if with a seal:
They sealed the bargain with a handshake.
to impress a seal upon as evidence of legal or standard exactness, measure, quality, etc.
to close by any form of fastening that must be broken before access can be gained.
to fasten or close tightly by or as if by a seal:
She was sealing envelopes. My lips are sealed.
to decide irrevocably:
to seal someone’s fate.
to grant under one’s seal or authority, as a pardon.
Mormon Church. to make (a marriage or adoption) forever binding; solemnize.
Electricity. to bring (a plug and jack or socket) into locked or fully aligned position.
to close hermetically:
to seal off a jar.
to block (an entrance, area, etc.) completely so as to prevent escape or entrance:
The police sealed off the area after the bomb threat was received.
set one’s seal to, to give one’s approval to; authorize; endorse:
Both families have set their seal to the marriage.
noun, plural seals, (especially collectively for 1) seal.
any of numerous marine carnivores of the suborder Pinnipedia, including the eared or fur seals, as the sea lion, and the earless or hair seals, as the harbor seal.
the skin of such an animal.
leather made from this skin.
the fur of the fur seal; sealskin.
a fur used as a substitute for sealskin.
a dark, gray brown.
verb (used without object)
to hunt, kill, or capture seals.
verb (used with object), Falconry.
seel (def 1).
the past participle of seal1
(Austral & NZ) (of a road) having a hard surface; made-up
a device impressed on a piece of wax, moist clay, etc, fixed to a letter, document, etc, as a mark of authentication
a stamp, ring, etc, engraved with a device to form such an impression
a substance, esp wax, so placed over an envelope, document, etc, that it must be broken before the object can be opened or used
any substance or device used to close or fasten tightly
a material, such as putty or cement, that is used to close an opening to prevent the passage of air, water, etc
a small amount of water contained in the trap of a drain to prevent the passage of foul smells
an agent or device for keeping something hidden or secret
anything that gives a pledge or confirmation
a decorative stamp often sold in aid of charity
(RC Church) Also called seal of confession. the obligation never to reveal anything said by a penitent in confession
set one’s seal on, set one’s seal to
to mark with one’s sign or seal
to affix a seal to, as proof of authenticity
to stamp with or as if with a seal
to approve or authorize
(sometimes foll by up) to close or secure with or as if with a seal: to seal one’s lips, seal up a letter
(foll by off) to enclose (a place) with a fence, wall, etc
to decide irrevocably
(Mormon Church) to make (a marriage or adoption) perpetually binding
to subject (the outside of meat, etc) to fierce heat so as to retain the juices during cooking
to close tightly so as to render airtight or watertight
to paint (a porous material) with a nonporous coating
(Austral & NZ) to consolidate (a road surface) with bitumen, tar, etc
any pinniped mammal of the families Otariidae (eared seals) and Phocidae (earless seals) that are aquatic but come on shore to breed See eared seal, earless seal related adjectives otarid phocine
any earless seal (family Phocidae), esp the common or harbour seal or the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
(intransitive) to hunt for seals
Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers. Seals live chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and, like walruses, are pinnipeds.
sea, air, land [team]
commonly a ring engraved with some device (Gen. 38:18, 25). Jezebel “wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal” (1 Kings 21:8). Seals are frequently mentioned in Jewish history (Deut. 32:34; Neh. 9:38; 10:1; Esther 3:12; Cant. 8:6; Isa. 8:16; Jer. 22:24; 32:44, etc.). Sealing a document was equivalent to the signature of the owner of the seal. “The use of a signet-ring by the monarch has recently received a remarkable illustration by the discovery of an impression of such a signet on fine clay at Koyunjik, the site of the ancient Nineveh. This seal appears to have been impressed from the bezel of a metallic finger-ring. It is an oval, 2 inches in length by 1 inch wide, and bears the image, name, and titles of the Egyptian king Sabaco” (Rawlinson’s Hist. Illus. of the O.T., p. 46). The actual signet-rings of two Egyptian kings (Cheops and Horus) have been discovered. (See SIGNET.) The use of seals is mentioned in the New Testament only in connection with the record of our Lord’s burial (Matt. 27:66). The tomb was sealed by the Pharisees and chief priests for the purpose of making sure that the disciples would not come and steal the body away (ver. 63, 64). The mode of doing this was probably by stretching a cord across the stone and sealing it at both ends with sealing-clay. When God is said to have sealed the Redeemer, the meaning is, that he has attested his divine mission (John 6:27). Circumcision is a seal, an attestation of the covenant (Rom. 4:11). Believers are sealed with the Spirit, as God’s mark put upon them (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Converts are by Paul styled the seal of his apostleship, i.e., they are its attestation (1 Cor. 9:2). Seals and sealing are frequently mentioned in the book of Revelation (5:1; 6:1; 7:3; 10:4; 22:10).
[seeld-beem] /ˈsildˈbim/ noun 1. a headlight in which the reflector and lens are hermetically sealed together with the filament in a single unit. adjective 1. (esp of a car headlight) having a lens and prefocused reflector sealed in the lamp vacuum
- Sealed-beam headlight
[seeld-beem] /ˈsildˈbim/ noun 1. a headlight in which the reflector and lens are hermetically sealed together with the filament in a single unit.
noun 1. something beyond understanding and therefore unknown. noun 1. another term for closed book
- Sealed move
noun 1. (chess) the last move before an adjournment, which is written down by the player making it, sealed in an envelope, and kept secret from his opponent until play is resumed