noun, plural seeds (especially collectively) seed.
the fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant.
any propagative part of a plant, including tubers, bulbs, etc., especially as preserved for growing a new crop.
such parts collectively.
any similar small part or fruit.
Dialect. pit2 .
the germ or propagative source of anything:
the seeds of discord.
not of mortal seed.
the ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
a small air bubble in a glass piece, caused by defective firing.
Crystallography, Chemistry. a small crystal added to a solution to promote crystallization.
Tennis. a player who has been seeded in a tournament.
verb (used with object)
to sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed.
to sow or scatter (seed).
to sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
to place, introduce, etc., especially in the hope of increase or profit:
to seed a lake with trout.
to sprinkle on (a surface, substance, etc.) in the manner of seed:
to seed an icy bridge with chemicals.
to remove the seeds from (fruit).
to arrange (the drawings for positions in a tournament) so that ranking players or teams will not meet in the early rounds of play.
to distribute (ranking players or teams) in this manner.
to develop or stimulate (a business, project, etc.), especially by providing operating capital.
verb (used without object)
to sow seed.
to produce or shed seed.
of or producing seed; used for seed:
a seed potato.
being or providing capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise:
The research project began with seed donations from the investors.
go / run to seed,
(of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of yielding seed.
to lose vigor, power, or prosperity; deteriorate:
He has gone to seed in the last few years.
(of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
(of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.
(botany) a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa) related adjective seminal
the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat
(loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb
such parts collectively
the source, beginning, or germ of anything: the seeds of revolt
(mainly Bible) offspring or descendants: the seed of Abraham
an archaic or dialect term for sperm1 , semen
(sport) a seeded player
the egg cell or cells of the lobster and certain other animals
See seed oyster
(chem) a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
go to seed, run to seed
(of plants) to produce and shed seeds
to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
to plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil): we seeded this field with oats
(intransitive) (of plants) to form or shed seeds
(transitive) to remove the seeds from (fruit, etc)
(transitive) (chem) to add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization
(transitive) to scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain
to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
to distribute (players or teams) in this manner
Scottish Executive Education Department
A ripened plant ovule that contains an embryo.
A propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber or a spore.
v. seed·ed, seed·ing, seeds
To inoculate a culture medium with microorganisms.
Noun A mature fertilized ovule of angiosperms and gymnosperms that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. Seeds provide a great reproductive advantage in being able to survive for extended periods until conditions are favorable for germination and growth. The seeds of gymnosperms (such as the conifers) develop on scales of cones or similar structures, while the seeds of angiosperms are enclosed in an ovary that develops into a fruit, such as a pome or nut. The structure of seeds varies somewhat. All seeds are enclosed in a protective seed coat. In certain angiosperms the embryo is enclosed in or attached to an endosperm, a tissue that it uses as a food source either before or during germination. All angiosperm embryos also have at least one cotyledon. The first seed-bearing plants emerged at least 365 million years ago in the late Devonian Period. Many angiosperms have evolved specific fruits for dispersal of seeds by the wind, water, or animals. See more at germination, ovule.
To plant seeds in soil.
To initiate rainfall or to generate additional rainfall by artificially increasing the precipitation efficiency of clouds. See more at cloud seeding.
see: run to seed
- Seedless plant
seedless plant (sēd’lĭs) A plant that does not produce seeds. Ferns, horsetails, and all the bryophytes are seedless plants. See more at bryophyte.
noun 1. a plant or tree grown from a seed. 2. a tree not yet 3 feet (1 meter) high. 3. any young plant, especially one grown in a nursery for transplanting. noun 1. a very young plant produced from a seed seedling (sēd’lĭng) A young plant, especially one that grows from a seed rather […]
noun 1. capital for the initial stages of a new business or other enterprise, especially for the initial operating costs. noun 1. money used for the establishment of an enterprise
- See double
See two images of one object, either as an illusion or owing to some visual aberration, especially one caused by intoxication. For example, Those twins look so much alike they make me think I’m seeing double, or One more drink and I’ll be seeing double. This idiom was first recorded in 1628.