noun a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
noun one of the outstanding players in a tournament
noun anything that provides inspiration for later work
noun the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
semen; ejaculate; seminal fluid; cum; come.
verb go to seed; shed seeds
The dandelions went to seed
verb help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
verb bear seeds
verb place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
She sowed sunflower seeds
verb distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
verb sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
verb inoculate with microorganisms
verb remove the seeds from
OE. seed, sed, AS. sd, fr. sawan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat, Icel. sa, si, Goth. manasps seed of men. world. See Sow to scatter seed, and cf. Colza.
pluralSeed or Seeds
(Bot.)(a)A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings; as, an apple seed; a currant seed. By germination it produces a new plant.(b)Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper; as, parsnip seed; thistle seed.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself.
Gen. i. 11.
✍ The seed proper has an outer and an inner coat, and within these the kernel or nucleus. The kernel is either the embryo alone, or the embryo inclosed in the albumen, which is the material for the nourishment of the developing embryo. The scar on a seed, left where the stem parted from it, is called the hilum, and the closed orifice of the ovule, the micropyle.
(Physiol.)The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; -- not used in the plural.
That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source; as, the seeds of virtue or vice.
The principle of production.
Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed,
Which may the like in coming ages breed.
Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as, the seed of Abraham; the seed of David.✍ In this sense the word is applied to one person, or to any number collectively, and admits of the plural form, though rarely used in the plural.
Race; generation; birth.
Of mortal seed they were not held.
Seed transitive verb
imperfect & past participleSeeded; present participle & verbal nounSeeding
To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow; as, to seed a field.
To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
A sable mantle seeded with waking eyes.