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seed

 (sēd)
n. pl. seeds or seed
1.
a. A mature plant ovule containing an embryo.
b. A small dry fruit, spore, or other propagative plant part.
c. Seeds considered as a group: a farmer buying seed.
d. The seed-bearing stage of a plant: The grass is in seed.
2.
a. A larval shellfish or a hatchling fish: released scallop seed in the bay.
b. An egg or cocoon of certain insects: silkworm seed.
3. Something that resembles a seed, as:
a. A tiny bubble in a piece of glass.
b. Medicine A form of a radioactive isotope that is used to localize and concentrate the amount of radiation administered to a body site, such as a tumor.
4.
a. A source or beginning; a germ: the seed of an idea.
b. A small amount of material used to start a chemical reaction.
c. A small crystal used to start a crystallization process.
5. A cell that disperses, especially a cancer cell that spreads from a primary tumor to another location in the body.
6. Archaic
a. Offspring; progeny.
b. Family stock; ancestry.
c. Sperm; semen.
7. Sports A player who has been seeded for a tournament, often at a given rank: a top seed.
v. seed·ed, seed·ing, seeds
v.tr.
1.
a. To plant seeds in (land, for example); sow.
b. To plant (a crop, for example) as seeds in soil.
2. To remove the seeds from (fruit).
3. To furnish with something that grows or stimulates growth or development: a bioreactor seeded with bacteria.
4. Medicine
a. To disperse to, as cancer cells: organs seeded by circulating tumor cells.
b. To disperse or transfer (cancer cells, for example): a needle biopsy that seeded cancer cells into adjacent tissue; seed stem cells onto collagen gels.
5. Meteorology To sprinkle (a cloud) with particles, as of silver iodide, in order to disperse it or to produce precipitation.
6. Sports
a. To arrange (the drawing for positions in a tournament) so that the more skilled contestants meet in the later rounds.
b. To rank (a contestant) in this way.
7. To help (a business, for example) in its early development.
v.intr.
1. To sow seed.
2. To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
3. Medicine To disperse and often multiply, as cancer cells.
adj.
1. Set aside for planting a new crop: seed corn; seed potatoes.
2. Intended to help in early stages: provided seed capital for a fledgling business.
Idiom:
go/run to seed
1. To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
2. To become weak or devitalized; deteriorate: The old neighborhood has gone to seed.

[Middle English, from Old English sǣd, sēd; see sē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

seed

(siːd)
n
1. (Botany) botany a mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa).
2. (Botany) the small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat
3. (Botany) (loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb
4. (Botany) such parts collectively
5. the source, beginning, or germ of anything: the seeds of revolt.
6. chiefly Bible offspring or descendants: the seed of Abraham.
7. (Zoology) an archaic or dialect term for sperm1, semen
8. (General Sporting Terms) sport a seeded player
9. (Zoology) the egg cell or cells of the lobster and certain other animals
10. (Animals) See seed oyster
11. (Chemistry) chem a small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization
12. (Botany) (of plants) to produce and shed seeds
13. (Horticulture) (of plants) to produce and shed seeds
14. (Biology) to lose vigour, usefulness, etc
vb
15. (Agriculture) to plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil): we seeded this field with oats.
16. (Botany) (intr) (of plants) to form or shed seeds
17. (tr) to remove the seeds from (fruit, etc)
18. (Chemistry) (tr) chem to add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization
19. (Chemistry) (tr) to scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain
20. (General Sporting Terms) (tr)
a. to arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
b. to distribute (players or teams) in this manner
[Old English sǣd; related to Old Norse sāth, Gothic sēths, Old High German sāt]
ˈseedˌlike adj
ˈseedless adj

SEED

abbreviation for
(Education) Scottish Executive Education Department

seed

(sid)

n., pl. seeds, (esp. collectively) seed, n.
1. the fertilized, matured ovule of a flowering plant, containing an embryo or rudimentary plant.
2. any propagative part of a plant, including tubers and bulbs.
3. such parts collectively.
4. any similar small part or fruit.
5. Dial. pit 2.
6. the germ or propagative source of anything: the seeds of discord.
7. offspring; progeny.
8. birth: not of mortal seed.
9. sperm; semen.
10. the ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
12. a small air bubble in a glass piece, caused by defective firing.
13. Crystall., Chem. a small crystal added to a solution to promote crystallization.
14. a player or team seeded in a tournament.
v.t.
15. to sow (a field, lawn, etc.) with seed.
16. to sow or scatter (seed).
17. to sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
18. to introduce in the hope of increase: to seed a lake with trout.
19. to sprinkle on in the manner of seed.
20. to remove the seeds from (fruit).
21.
a. to rank (players or teams) by past performance in arranging tournament pairings, so that the most highly ranked competitors will not play each other until later rounds.
b. to arrange (pairings or a tournament) by means of such a ranking.
22. to develop (a business), esp. by providing operating capital.
v.i.
23. to sow seed.
24. to produce or shed seed.
adj.
25. producing seed; used for seed: a seed potato.
Idioms:
1. go or run to seed,
a. (of the flower of a plant) to pass to the stage of yielding seed.
b. to deteriorate or decline, as in health, strength, or appearance.
2. in seed,
a. (of certain plants) in the state of bearing ripened seeds.
b. (of a field, a lawn, etc.) sown with seed.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English sede, side, seed(e), Old English sēd, sǣd, c. Old Frisian sēd, Old Saxon sād, Old High German sāt (German Saat), Old Norse sāth, Gothic -seths; (v.) Middle English seden to produce seeds, derivative of the n.]
seed′less, adj.
seed′like`, adj.

seed

(sēd)
Noun
A part of a flowering plant that contains an embryo and the food it will need to grow into a new plant. A seed is a mature fertilized ovule.
Verb
1. To plant seeds in soil.
2. To attempt to produce rain by cloud seeding. See more at cloud seeding.

seed


Past participle: seeded
Gerund: seeding

Imperative
seed
seed
Present
I seed
you seed
he/she/it seeds
we seed
you seed
they seed
Preterite
I seeded
you seeded
he/she/it seeded
we seeded
you seeded
they seeded
Present Continuous
I am seeding
you are seeding
he/she/it is seeding
we are seeding
you are seeding
they are seeding
Present Perfect
I have seeded
you have seeded
he/she/it has seeded
we have seeded
you have seeded
they have seeded
Past Continuous
I was seeding
you were seeding
he/she/it was seeding
we were seeding
you were seeding
they were seeding
Past Perfect
I had seeded
you had seeded
he/she/it had seeded
we had seeded
you had seeded
they had seeded
Future
I will seed
you will seed
he/she/it will seed
we will seed
you will seed
they will seed
Future Perfect
I will have seeded
you will have seeded
he/she/it will have seeded
we will have seeded
you will have seeded
they will have seeded
Future Continuous
I will be seeding
you will be seeding
he/she/it will be seeding
we will be seeding
you will be seeding
they will be seeding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been seeding
you have been seeding
he/she/it has been seeding
we have been seeding
you have been seeding
they have been seeding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been seeding
you will have been seeding
he/she/it will have been seeding
we will have been seeding
you will have been seeding
they will have been seeding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been seeding
you had been seeding
he/she/it had been seeding
we had been seeding
you had been seeding
they had been seeding
Conditional
I would seed
you would seed
he/she/it would seed
we would seed
you would seed
they would seed
Past Conditional
I would have seeded
you would have seeded
he/she/it would have seeded
we would have seeded
you would have seeded
they would have seeded

seed

An embryonic plant and its food supply.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.seed - a small hard fruitseed - a small hard fruit      
edible seed - many are used as seasoning
coffee bean, coffee berry, coffee - a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
pip - a small hard seed found in some fruits
bonduc nut, nicker nut, nicker seed - hard shiny grey seed of a bonduc tree; used for making e.g. jewelry
Job's tears - hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
oil-rich seed, oilseed - any of several seeds that yield oil
safflower seed - seed of the safflower
caryopsis, grain - dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
ash-key - winged seed of the ash tree
coquilla nut - nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
babassu nut - hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
cohune nut - nut of the cohune palm having hard white shells like those of ivory nuts
apple nut, ivory nut, vegetable ivory - nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
neem seed - seed of neem trees; source of pesticides and fertilizer and medicinal products
buckeye, conker, horse chestnut - the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
jumping bean, jumping seed, Mexican jumping bean - seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
fruit - the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
bean - any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
nut - usually large hard-shelled seed
kernel, meat - the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone; "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"
2.seed - a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
ovule - a small body that contains the female germ cell of a plant; develops into a seed after fertilization
episperm, seed coat, testa - protective outer layer of seeds of flowering plants
endosperm - nutritive tissue surrounding the embryo within seeds of flowering plants
pericarp, seed vessel - the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
3.seed - one of the outstanding players in a tournament
player, participant - a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
4.seed - anything that provides inspiration for later work
inspiration - arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
taproot - something that provides an important central source for growth or development; "the taproot of his resentment"; "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"
muse - the source of an artist's inspiration; "Euterpe was his muse"
5.seed - the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tractseed - the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
milt - seminal fluid produced by male fish
bodily fluid, body fluid, liquid body substance, humour, humor - the liquid parts of the body
sperm, sperm cell, spermatozoan, spermatozoon - the male reproductive cell; the male gamete; "a sperm is mostly a nucleus surrounded by little other cellular material"
Verb1.seed - go to seed; shed seeds; "The dandelions went to seed"
reseed - seed again or anew
disgorge, shed, spill - cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over; "spill the beans all over the table"
2.seed - help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
finance - obtain or provide money for; "Can we finance the addition to our home?"
3.seed - bear seeds
bear, turn out - bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; "The unidentified plant bore gorgeous flowers"
4.seed - place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth; "She sowed sunflower seeds"
farming, husbandry, agriculture - the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"
broadcast - sow over a wide area, especially by hand; "broadcast seeds"
inseminate, sow in, sow - place seeds in or on (the ground); "sow the ground with sunflower seeds"
scatter - sow by scattering; "scatter seeds"
5.seed - distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
grade, rate, rank, place, range, order - assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
6.seed - sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain; "seed clouds"
process, treat - subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition; "process cheese"; "process hair"; "treat the water so it can be drunk"; "treat the lawn with chemicals" ; "treat an oil spill"
7.seed - inoculate with microorganisms
inoculate - introduce a microorganism into
8.seed - remove the seeds from; "seed grapes"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

seed

noun
1. grain, pip, germ, kernel, egg, embryo, spore, ovum, egg cell, ovule a packet of cabbage seed
2. beginning, start, potential (for), suspicion, germ, genesis, inkling His questions were meant to plant seeds of doubt in our minds.
3. origin, source, basis, heart, essence, nucleus, fount, wellspring the seed of an idea
5. semen, sperm, come (taboo slang), emission, cum (taboo slang), ejaculate, seminal fluid, spermatozoa, jism (taboo slang), spermatic fluid, spunk (Brit. taboo slang) man's innate tendency to spill his seed as widely as possible
go or run to seed decline, deteriorate, degenerate, decay, go downhill (informal), go to waste, go to pieces, let yourself go, go to pot, go to rack and ruin, retrogress If unused, winter radishes run to seed in spring.
Related words
adjective seminal

seed

noun
1. A fertilized plant ovule capable of germinating:
2. A propagative part of a plant:
3. A source of further growth and development:
4. A group consisting of those descended directly from the same parents or ancestors:
5. One's ancestors or their character or one's ancestral derivation:
6. The male fluid of fertilization:
verb
To put (seeds) into the ground for growth:
Translations
بَذْرَةبَذْرَةٌ مِنبَذْرَهحَبَّةمُصَنَّف مع الجيِّدين
семе
semenozárodekzrát na semenojadérkonasadit
kernefrøgå i frøseedespire
تخم
siemenspermahedelmän siemen
זרעלזרוע
košticasjeme
kiemelmagmagot hoz
bera fræbestu leikmönnum dreift í riîladreifa/sá bestu leikmönnum í riîlafræ
semen
apšepęsapšeptiapsileistiaptriušęsatrinktas
atlasītatsijātdot sēklasiedīglisizlases sportists
nasadený hráčsemenozrieť na semeno
seme
frökärnasädsperma
mbegu
เมล็ดในของผลไม้เมล็ดพืช
tohumçekirdekeşleştirmekşampiyon adayısıralamak
hạthạt giốnghột

seed

[siːd]
A. N
1. (Bot) [of plant] → semilla f, simiente f; (inside fruit) → pepita f; [of grain] → grano m
poppy seedssemillas fpl de amapola
to go or run to seed (lit) → granar, dar en grana (fig) → ir a menos
he's really gone to seedse ha echado a perder, ha ido cada vez a peor
see also sesame B
see also sunflower B
2. (Sport) (= player, team) → cabeza mf de serie
she's the number one seedes cabeza de serie número uno
she's the first seedes la primera cabeza de serie
3. (fig) [of idea etc] → germen m
to sow seeds of doubt in sb's mindsembrar la duda en la mente de algn
4. (euph) (= semen) → simiente f; (= offspring) → descendencia f
B. VT
1. (= plant with seeds) → sembrar (with de)
2. (= remove seed of) [+ fruits] → despepitar
3. (Sport) → clasificar como cabeza de serie
the US are seeded number oneEstados Unidos parte como cabeza de serie número uno
C. VI (Bot) (= form seeds) → granar, dar en grana; (= shed seeds) → dejar caer semillas
D. CPD seed box Ncaja f de simientes, semillero m
seed corn N (lit) → trigo m de siembra
seed drill Nsembradora f
seed merchant Nvendedor(a) m/f de semillas
seed pearl Naljófar m
seed pod Nvaina f
seed potato Npatata f or (LAm) papa f de siembra
seed time Nsiembra f
seed tray N = seed box

seed

[ˈsiːd]
n
[plant, fruit] → graine f
sunflower seeds → des graines de tournesol
to go to seed [plant] → monter en graine (fig) [person] → se laisser aller
(= beginning) → germe m
The seeds of doubt had been sown → Le doute avait été semé.
(TENNIS)tête f de série
the number two seed → la tête de série numéro deux
vt
[+ piece of land, lawn] → ensemencer
to seed itself [plant] → se propager

seed

n
(Bot: = one single) → Samen m; (of grain, poppy, sesame etc)Korn nt; (within fruit) → (Samen)kern m; (collective) → Samen pl; (for birds) → Körner pl; (= grain)Saat f, → Saatgut nt; (liter, = sperm) → Samen pl; (= offspring)Nachkommen pl; (fig, of unrest, idea etc) → Keim m(of zu); to go or run to seed (vegetables) → schießen; (flowers) → einen Samenstand bilden; (fig: person) → herunterkommen; to sow the seeds of doubt (in somebody’s mind)(bei jdm) Zweifel säen or den Keim des Zweifels legen; he sowed the seed from which … developeder hat den Keim gelegt, aus dem sich … entwickelte; I don’t want to make a detailed proposal, just to sow the seedsich möchte keinen konkreten Vorschlag machen, ich möchte nur den Boden dafür bereiten
(Sport) to be the third seedals Dritter platziert or gesetzt sein; the number one seedder/die als Nummer eins Gesetzte
vt
(= sow with seed)besäen
(= extract seeds from)entkernen
(Sport) → setzen, platzieren; seeded number oneals Nummer eins gesetzt; seeded playersgesetzte or platzierte Spieler
vi (vegetables)schießen; (flowers)Samen entwickeln
vr to seed itself (plant) → sich aussäen

seed

:
seedbed
nSaatbeet nt, → Saatbett nt
seed box
nSetzkasten m
seedcake
nKümmelkuchen m
seedcase
nSamenkapsel f
seed corn
n (Bot) → Samenkorn nt; they are eating their own seed (fig)sie gehen aus Eingemachte (inf)
seed drill
nSämaschine f

seed

:
seed leaf
nKeimblatt nt
seedless
adjkernlos

seed

:
seed pearl
nStaubperle f
seed plant
nSamenpflanze f
seed potato
nSaatkartoffel f

seed

:
seedtime
nSaatzeit f
seed tray
n = seed box

seed

[siːd]
1. n
a. (Bot) → seme m; (for sowing) → semi mpl, semente f
to go or run to seed (plant) → fare seme
to go to seed (fig) (person) → ridursi male
b. (fig) (origin) the seeds ofil seme di, il germe di
the seeds of discontent → il seme del malcontento
c. (Tennis) (player) → testa di serie
2. vt
a. (lawn) → seminare
b. (remove the seed, raisins, grapes) → togliere i semi a
c. (Tennis) he was seeded fifthè stato classificato quinta testa di serie
3. vifare seme
4. adj (potato, corn) → da semina

seed

(siːd) noun
1. the (part of) the fruit of a tree, plant etc from which a new plant may be grown. sunflower seeds; grass seed.
2. the beginning from which anything grows. There was already a seed of doubt in her mind.
3. (in a sporting competition etc) a seeded player.
verb
1. (of a plant) to produce seed. A plant seeds after it has flowered.
2. in golf, tennis etc, to arrange (good players) in a competition so that they do not compete against each other till the later rounds.
ˈseeded adjective
having been seeded. a seeded player.
ˈseedling (-liŋ) noun
a young plant just grown from a seed. Don't walk on the lettuce seedlings!
ˈseedy adjective
1. shabby. a rather seedy hotel.
2. ill or unhealthy. He's feeling a bit seedy.
ˈseediness noun
ˈseedbed noun
ground prepared for growing seeds.
go to seed
1. (of a person) to become careless about one's clothes and appearance. Don't let yourself go to seed when you reach middle age!
2. (of a place) to become rather shabby and uncared for. This part of town has gone to seed recently.
3. (also run to seed) (of a plant) to produce seeds after flowering.

seed

بَذْرَة, حَبَّة jadérko, semeno frø, kerne Obstkern, Samen κουκούτσι, σπόρος pepita, semilla hedelmän siemen, siemen graine, pépin koštica, sjeme seme pit, zaad frø, kjerne nasienie, pestka caroço, semente зернышко, семя frö, kärna เมล็ดในของผลไม้, เมล็ดพืช çekirdek, tohum hạt, hạt giống 果仁, 种子

seed

n. semilla, simiente.
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We cannot risk letting the germ of hope, opportunity and ambition which has taken hold in so many communities be left to go to seed.
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If farmers go out of business, the countryside to will go to seed.