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seal 1

 (sēl)
n.
1.
a. A device or material that is used to close off or fasten an opening or connection, especially to prevent the escape of a liquid or gas: used caulk as a seal around the window.
b. An airtight closure: a door that lacks a tight seal.
c. Something, such as a piece of tape, that is placed on a product or package to show that the contents have not been tampered with.
d. The water in the trap of a drain that prevents sewer gas from escaping into a room.
2.
a. A design used to identify a person or thing or to show that something is authentic, accurate, or of good quality: The title page is marked with the publisher's seal. Does the scale have the inspector's seal?
b. A small decorative paper sticker.
3.
a. A die or signet having a raised or incised emblem used to stamp an impression on a receptive substance such as wax or lead.
b. The impression so made.
c. The design or emblem itself, belonging exclusively to the user: a monarch's seal.
d. A small disk or wafer of wax, lead, or paper bearing such an imprint and affixed to a document to prove authenticity or to secure it.
4. An indication or symbol regarded as guaranteeing or authenticating something: The choral director gave the program his seal of approval.
tr.v. sealed, seal·ing, seals
1.
a. To close or fasten with a seal: seal an envelope; seal a test tube.
b. To prevent (a liquid or gas) from escaping: Charring a piece of meat seals in the juices.
c. To cover, secure, or fill up (an opening): sealed the hole in the pipe with epoxy.
d. To apply a waterproof coating to: seal a blacktop driveway.
e. To secure or prevent passage into and out of (an area). Often used with off: The police sealed off the crime scene.
2. To affix a seal to (something) in order to prove authenticity, accuracy, or quality.
3. To establish or determine irrevocably: Our fate was sealed.
4. Mormon Church To make (a marriage, for example) eternally binding; solemnize forever.
Idioms:
(one's) lips are sealed
Used to indicate that one will not disclose a piece of information.
under seal
Having an impression or emblem attesting to a document's authenticity and reliability.

[Middle English, die or signet for stamping an impression, from Old French seel, from Vulgar Latin *sigellum, from Latin sigillum, diminutive of signum, sign, seal; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

seal′a·ble adj.

seal 2

 (sēl)
n.
1. Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, found chiefly in cold regions and having a sleek torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers.
2. The pelt or fur of one of these animals, especially a fur seal.
3. Leather made from the hide of one of these animals.
intr.v. sealed, seal·ing, seals
To hunt seals.

[Middle English sele, from Old English seolh.]

Seals


the study of seals. — sigillographer, n. — sigillographic, adj.
the scientific study of seals and signet rings. — sphragistic, adj.
References in classic literature ?
For Novastoshnah Beach has the finest accommodation for seals of any place in all the world.
Its shores, in certain places, and at certain seasons, are covered with seals, while others are playing about in the water.
There were several kinds of seals, some stretched on the earth, some on flakes of ice, many going in and out of the sea.
Those rocky islands the ship had passed were the resort of great numbers of seals, and some young seals that had lost their dams, or some dams that had lost their cubs, must have risen nigh the ship and kept company with her, crying and sobbing with their human sort of wail.
He had been out since early dawn at the seal-holes, eight miles away, and had come home with three big seal.
Seal, or whoever might be beforehand with her at the office.
Not until we were around old Cape Stiff, fifty to fifty, and in fifty in the Pacific, did I break the seal and learn we were bound for Van Dieman's Land.
And I had to have half a dozen drinks with Pete Holt there and then to seal our agreement.
There was no fish however, but he found a yellow pot, which by its weight seemed full of something, and he noticed that it was fastened and sealed with lead, with the impression of a seal.
I hereby certify that the bearer of these lines, Robert Moody by name, has presented to me the letter with which he was charged, addressed to myself, with the seal intact.
I am waiting, with the fatal letter in my hand--and my mother-in-law is waiting in the next room to me--to hear from his own lips whether he decides to break the seal or not.
So great was it that Wolf Larsen himself did not dare heave to, though he was being driven far to the southward and out of the seal herd.