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a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud) the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud) or both (mixed bud)
an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.

Zoology. (in certain animals of low organization) a prominence that develops into a new individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent and sometimes becoming detached; gemma.
Mycology. a small, rounded outgrowth produced from a fungus spore or cell by a process of asexual reproduction, eventually separating from the parent cell as a new individual: commonly produced by yeast and a few other fungi.
Anatomy. any small rounded part.
an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
to put forth or produce buds.
to begin to develop.
to be in an early stage of development.
to cause to bud.
Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state:
a Shakespeare in the bud.
Also, in bud.
nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development:
The rebellion was nipped in the bud.
brother; buddy (used in informal address, as to one’s brother or to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).
a male given name.
Berenice, 1898–1991, U.S. photographer.
Edith, 1876–1957, and her sister Grace, 1878–1939, U.S. social reformers.
Edville Gerhardt
[ed-vil gair-hahrt] /ˈɛd vɪl ˈgɛər hɑrt/ (Show IPA), 1871–1938, U.S. orthopedist.
George, 1887–1995, U.S. playwright, director, and producer.
Jacob, 1803–79, and his son, Lyman, 1835–1922, U.S. clergymen and writers.
Sir John Joseph Caldwell, 1821–93, Canadian political leader: prime minister 1891–92.
Robert Sengstake
[seng-stak] /ˈsɛŋ stæk/ (Show IPA), 1868–1940, U.S. newspaper publisher.
William (“Bud”) 1898–1974, U.S. actor, producer, and comedian, best known as the straight man of Abbott and Costello.
Adam Clayton, Jr. 1908–72, U.S. clergyman, politician, and civil-rights leader: congressman 1945–67, 1969–71.
Anthony, 1905–2000, English author.
Cecil Frank, 1903–69, English physicist: Nobel prize 1950.
[koh-lin,, kol-in] /ˈkoʊ lɪn,, ˈkɒl ɪn/ (Show IPA), born 1937, U.S. general: chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff 1989–96; secretary of state 2001–05.
Earl (Bud) 1924–66, U.S. jazz pianist and composer.
John Wesley, 1834–1902, U.S. geologist and ethnologist.
Lewis Franklin, Jr. 1907–1998, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1972–87.
Lake, an artificial reservoir on the border of SE Utah and NE Arizona, on the Colorado River, formed by the construction of a dam (Glen Canyon Dam) (completed 1964). 186 miles (300 km) long.
Contemporary Examples

Getting a Mile High: Legally Stoned in Colorado After Initiative 64 Winston Ross January 18, 2013
Crime Watch Groups Viewed Suspiciously After Trayvon Martin Killing John Avlon March 25, 2012
Charles Frazier in the Fast Lane Malcolm Jones October 13, 2011
The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial Ivan Solotaroff June 27, 2014
Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean Pete Dexter March 22, 2014

Historical Examples

King Coal Upton Sinclair
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting Northern Nut Growers Association

a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals

a partially opened flower
(in combination): rosebud

any small budlike outgrowth: taste buds
something small or immature
an asexually produced outgrowth in simple organisms, such as yeasts, and the hydra that develops into a new individual
a slang word for marijuana
in bud, at the stage of producing buds
nip in the bud, to put an end to (an idea, movement, etc) in its initial stages
verb buds, budding, budded
(intransitive) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
(intransitive) to begin to develop or grow
(transitive) (horticulture) to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
(informal, mainly US) short for buddy
(ˈpəʊəl). Anthony (Dymoke ˈdɪmək). 1905–2000, British novelist, best known for his sequence of novels under the general title A Dance to the Music of Time (1951–75)
Cecil Frank. 1903–69, British physicist, who was awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1950 for his discovery of the pi-meson
Colin (Luther) (ˈcəʊlɪn). born 1937, US politician and general; Republican secretary of state (2001–05)
Earl, known as Bud Powell. 1924–1966, US modern-jazz pianist
(John) Enoch. 1912–98, British politician. An outspoken opponent of Commonwealth immigration into Britain and of British membership of the Common Market (now the European Union), in 1974 he resigned from the Conservative Party, returning to Parliament as a United Ulster Unionist Council member (1974–87)
Michael. 1905–90, British film writer, producer, and director, best known for his collaboration (1942–57) with Emeric Pressburger. Films include The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Red Shoes (1948), and Peeping Tom (1960)

v. bud·ded, bud·ding, buds


Verb To form or produce a bud or buds.

Friend; fellow; guy •Used only in direct address, often with hostile intent: Okay, bud, that’ll do (1850s+)
A very close friend; buddy, pal: Just be glad I’m your bud/ She hid out with various buds and in runaway shelters (1930s+)

Budweiser [beer]
Ferihegy Airport (Budapest, Hungary)
see: nip in the bud


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