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seed

noun

  1. (fruit)  a small hard fruit
    Type of: fruit
  2. (ovule)  a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
    Type of: ovule
  3. (player)  one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    Synonyms: seeded player. Type of: player
  4. (inspiration)  anything that provides inspiration for later work
    Synonyms: germ, source. Type of: inspiration
  5. (liquid body substance)  the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
    Synonyms: ejaculate, semen, seminal fluid, …. Type of: liquid body substance

verb

  1. (spill)  to go to seed; to shed seeds
    Type of: spill
  2. (finance)  to help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
    Type of: finance
  3. (bear)  to bear seeds
    Type of: bear
  4. (farming)  to place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
    Synonyms: inseminate, sow, sow in. Topic: farming. Type of: put
  5. (sports)  to distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players won't meet in the early rounds
    Topic: sports. Type of: rate
  6. (process)  to sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
    Type of: process
  7. (inoculate)  to inoculate with microorganisms
    Type of: inoculate
  8. (remove)  to remove the seeds from
    Synonyms: deseed. Type of: remove

Etymology summary

[verb] "to produce seed", late 14th century; "to sow with seed", mid-15th ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Seed

a small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. It's the product of the ripened ovule of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants which occurs after fertilization and some growth within the mother plant. The ... (41 of 6774 words, 11 images)

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Seed (disambiguation)

may refer to: Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, and its sequel Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, two Japanese anime series | Seed (1931 film), a 1931 film, notable as an early film featuring the actress, Bette Davis | The Seed, a 2005 short film produced and ... (43 of 630 words, 48 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

seed and fruit [plant reproductive part] | seed | fruit | Phytelephas macrocarpa [species]

respectively, the characteristic reproductive body of both angiosperms and gymnosperms and the ovary that encloses it. Essentially, a seed consists of ... (21 of 1195 words, 15 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/532368​/seed-and-fruit

Wiktionary:

seed | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present] | Semen [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant. | [countable, botany] A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant. | [uncountable] An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted. | ... (36 of 215 words, 14 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seed

Collins Dictionary:

seed | SEED | seed oyster [sense-specific] | go to seed [sense-specific] | sperm1, semen [archaic, dialect, sense-specific] | seedlike [adjective, derived]

[botany] a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its ... | the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat | (loosely) any ... (25 of 681 words, 20 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/seed

Oxford Dictionary:

seed | seed crystal | run | seed itself | go to seed

the unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant | a quantity of seeds | the cause or latent beginning of ... (25 of 406 words, 18 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/seed

Random House Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | go or run to seed [sense-specific] | in seed [sense-specific] | seed oyster [sense-specific] | pit [dialect, entry 2, synonym, sense-specific] | birth [synonym, sense-specific]

the fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant. | any propagative part of a plant, including tubers, ... (22 of 383 words, 28 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/seed

Merriam-Webster:

seed [entry 1, noun, adjective] | seeds [plural] | go to seed | progeny [synonym, sense-specific] | germ [synonym, sense-specific] | decay [synonym, sense-specific] | broadly [synonym, sense-specific] | semen [synonym, sense-specific] | specifically [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the grains or ripened ovules of plants used for sowing ; the fertilized ... | "progeny" | a source of development or growth; "germ" | something (as a ... (25 of 311 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/seed

seed [entry 2, verb] | plant [synonym, sense-specific] | sow [synonym, sense-specific] | inoculate [synonym, sense-specific] | drill [synonym, sense-specific] | put in [synonym, sense-specific] | bed [similar, sense-specific] | replant [similar, sense-specific] | transplant [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to bear or shed seed | to sow seed; "plant" | to plant seeds in; "sow" ; to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development ; ... (27 of 220 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/seed show=1

American Heritage Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | -sperm

A ripened plant ovule containing an embryo. | A propagative part of a plant, as a tuber or spore. | Seeds considered as a group. | The seed-bearing ... (25 of 301 words, 28 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seed

New World Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [adjective, related] | seedless [adjective, related]

the part of a flowering plant that typically contains the embryo with its ... | [loosely] ; any part, as a bulb, tuber, etc., from which a new plant ... (28 of 286 words, 19 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seed

Macmillan British Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | go/run to seed | sow/plant the seeds of something

[countable/uncountable] a small hard part produced by a plant that can grow ... | [countable] a player or team that has been given a number that shows ... (26 of 224 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed

seed [verb] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive, passive] to give a player or team a number showing how likely they are to win a competition | [transitive, often passive] to remove the ... (25 of 98 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed 15

Columbia Encyclopedia:

seed

fertilized and ripened ovule, consisting of the plant embryo, varying amounts of stored food material, and a protective outer seed coat. Seeds are ... (23 of 195 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0844288​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

seed [entry 1] | go/run to seed | go to seed | run to seed

a small round or oval object produced by a plant and from which, when it's planted, a new plant can grow | the cause of a feeling or situation, or the ... (30 of 184 words, 5 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seed 1

seed [entry 2]

especially in tennis, a good player who is given a place on the list of those expected to win games in a particular competition because of the way ... (28 of 54 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seed 2

seed [entry 3] | deseed

to produce seeds | ("deseed") to remove the seeds from a fruit or vegetable (13 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seed 3

seed [entry 4]

to make a player a seed (6 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seed 4

Encarta Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle]

a plant part produced by sexual reproduction that contains the embryo and ... | the small dry hard fruit produced by cereal plants or grasses | a ... (25 of 468 words, 20 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712400​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

seed

Origin: [verb] "to produce seed", late 14th century; "to sow with seed", mid-15th ... | [noun] Old English sed, sæd, from Proto-Germanic *sædis, ... (21 of 130 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=seed

Wiktionary:

seed | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English seed, sede, side, from Old English sēd, sǣd ("seed, that which is sown"), from Proto-Germanic *sēdiz ("seed"), from Proto-Indo-European *sētis-, *seh1tis... (23 of 68 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seed

New World Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural]

Origin: Middle English sede from Old English sæd, akin to German saat from Indo-European base *sēi-, to cast, let fall derives ... (20 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seed

Oxford Dictionary:

seed | seed crystal | run | seed itself

Origin: Old English sǣd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaad, German Saat, also to the verb "sow1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/seed

Collins Dictionary:

seed | SEED

Origin: Old English sǣd; related to Old Norse sāth, Gothic sēths, Old High German sāt

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/seeds

American Heritage Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English sǣd, sēd; see sē- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/seed

Merriam-Webster:

seed [entry 1, noun, adjective] | seeds [plural]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English sǣd; akin to Old High German sāt seed, Old English sāwan to sow

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/seed

Encarta Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle]

Origin: Old English sǣd from Germanic, "to sow"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712400​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

seed | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seed"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/seed

Collins Dictionary:

seed | SEED

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seed"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/seed

Macmillan American Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "seed"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/seed

seed [verb] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "seed"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "seed"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed

seed [verb] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle] | seeds [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "seed"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/seed 15

Cambridge Dictionary:

seed [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "seed"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "seed"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/seed 1

the Free Dictionary:

seed

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "seed"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "seed"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "seed" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

seed | seeds [plural] | seeded [past tense] | seeding [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "seed"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

seed

Audio: North American pronunciation of "seed"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=seed​0001 word=seed

YourDictionary Audio:

seed

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "seed" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Seed

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