• WordNet 3.6
    • v bud start to grow or develop "a budding friendship"
    • v bud develop buds "The hibiscus is budding!"
    • n bud a partially opened flower
    • n bud a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Imaginal Buds of Butterfly Imaginal Buds of Butterfly

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 9,000 taste buds on the tongue
    • Bud (Biol) A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra.
    • Bud (Bot) A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.
    • Bud To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin.
    • Bud To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
    • v. t Bud To graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear. "The apricot and the nectarine may be, and usually are, budded upon the peach; the plum and the peach are budded on each other."
    • Bud To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average lifespan of a human taste bud is ten days
    • n bud In plants, the undeveloped germ-state of a stem or branch, consisting of a growing point inclosed by closely appressed rudimentary leaves. In winter buds are usually protected by an outside covering of scales, often pubescent or resinous, which fall off upon the swelling of the bud in spring. Besides foliage, the bud may also contain the rudimentary inflorescence. Bulbs and bulblets are forms of leaf-buds. Flower-buds are unexpanded blossoms.
    • n bud In architecture, an ornamental boss or button.
    • n bud The state of budding or putting forth buds: as, the trees are in bud.
    • n bud In some cryptogamous plants, especially some Hepaticæ, one of the bodies formed asexually which become detached and reproduce the plant; in the plural, same as gemmœ. See gemma.
    • n bud A prominence on or in certain animals of low organization, as polyps, which becomes developed into an independent individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent organism, and sometimes becoming detached; an incipient zoöid, or bud-like beginning of a new individual in a compound animal. See cut under Campanularia.
    • n bud In zoology and anatomy, a part or organ like or likened to a bud: as, a tactile bud; a gustatory bud.
    • n bud A weaned calf of the first year.
    • n bud A young lady just “come out” in society.
    • bud To ingraft a bud of or on, as of one plant on the stem of another: as, to bud a garden rose on a brier, or a brier with a garden rose. See budding, n., 3.
    • bud To put forth by or as if by the natural process of budding.
    • bud To put forth or produce buds; be in bud.
    • bud To be in the condition of a bud; sprout; begin to grow or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
    • bud Figuratively, to be in an early stage of development.
    • bud To eat buds: said of birds.
    • n bud A familiar term for brother.
    • n bud A gift, especially one meant as a bribe. Acts James I. (Jamieson.)
    • bud To endeavor to gain by gifts; bribe.
    • bud Same as bood, preterit and past participle of behoove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds
    • n Bud bud the first shoot of a tree or plant: used of young people, as a term of endearment
    • v.i Bud to put forth buds: to begin to grow
    • v.t Bud to put forth as buds: to graft, as a plant, by inserting a bud under the bark of another tree:—pr.p. bud′ding; pa.p. bud′ded
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.”
  • Anais Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  • Robert Herrick
    Robert Herrick
    “Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.”
  • Susan Coolidge
    Susan Coolidge
    “Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night's gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.”


Nip it in the bud - If you nip something in the bud, you deal with a problem when it is still small, before it can grow into something serious.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. budde,; cf. D. bot, G. butze, butz, the core of a fruit, bud, LG. butte, in hagebutte, hainbutte, a hip of the dog-rose, or OF. boton, F. bouton, bud, button, OF. boter, to bud, push; all akin to E. beat,. See Button


In literature:

Buds peculiarly large, white, and conspicuously fringed with the long free cilia of the bud-scales.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
You will also meet his brother, Bud-ruddeen.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Buds, Bulbs, Polypus 65.
"The Temple of Nature; or, the Origin of Society" by Erasmus Darwin
He was caught by Bud, Nort and Dick in the very act of infecting some of Bud's steers.
"The Boy Ranchers in Camp" by Willard F. Baker
He spoke of "our land," for he and his brother owned a small ranch in partnership with Bud.
"The Boy Ranchers at Spur Creek" by Willard F. Baker
What do you say, Bud?
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Bud Jessup yuh already met.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
A faint sweetness from budding apple trees filled the room.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
Bud's evasion of the subject added strength to the fear that there was really something horrible in Bud's past.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
It appears upon the budding grub and continues throughout life unchanged.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre

In poetry:

Where the bud has never blown
Who for scent is debtor?
Where the spirit rests unknown
Fatal is the letter.
"The Word of God" by George MacDonald
I remember plucking
buds of bush clover
long ago with
Satsuma geta on my feet and
a walking stick in my hand
"Tanka 11" by Masaoka Shiki
Bright buds are everywhere.
God of the hills,
The smoke,
The sun,
The growing grain,
I cannot word my prayer.
"Prayer" by Toyohiko Kagawa
There are buds and small flowers--
Flowers like snow-flakes,
Blossoms like rain-drops,
So small and tremulous.
"March" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Trust me, Spring is very near,
All the buds are swelling;
All the glory of the year
In those buds is dwelling.
"To K.M.D." by James Clerk Maxwell
Nay, Liebhaid.
The clear May sun is shining, and the air
Blows fresh and cordial from the budding hills.
"The Dance To Death. Act V" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Trade deadline looming, Cavs' inability to 'come up big' not a fatal weakness yet, says Bud Shaw.
That is when we discovered InArtMedia.com - a FREE promotional platform for budding and independent Filmmakers + Recording artist.
Bud Adams couldn't get over it.
Ken Derry for ESPN.com Page 2 documents the budding sport of inner tube water polo from a poolside seat in New York.
Padres manager Bud Black has had few opportunities to congratulate players like Chris Denorfia (pictured).
And Lord knows Bud Selig has been talking about the possibility of adding an additional Wild Card team for a long time.
Being front page news has benefitted the budding acting career of Liberty Ross, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Area apple growers all agree that this was a bad year, from bud to harvest, though the fruit tastes just fine.
Today, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig indicated he had been handed his last straw with regards to Frank McCourt's stewardship of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1 To get long-stem flowers for flower arrangements on fall-blooming plants such as chrysanthemums, dahlias and roses, pinch off the small side buds that develop around each main bud.
Do this before the side buds reach pea-size, if possible.
Dear sister of Anne Laufer and the late Bud Heron.
So it's no surprise that Bud Selig quickly responded with the most logical solution to Monday night's massive jeer -fest of the Yankees' Robinson Cano.
Three lucky locals and one budding international star turned an supposedly unlucky day into a prosperous one.
St John the Baptist Catholic School, 519 Hazel Street, Red Bud, IL.

In science:

By definition, the excess is δ = e + e′ − o, where e, e′ , o are respectively the number of edges, white-white edges and buds.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
The d − 1 other half-edges incident to b are either buds or belong to an edge e leading to white vertex w.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
Since each of the d half-edges incident to the root-vertex is either a bud or is connected to a planted mobile in W0 we have Md (x) = (1 + W0 )d .
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
Theorem 15 and Claim 12 (first part) imply that Fd is the series counting d-branching mobiles rooted at an exposed bud.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
Call B (resp. H ) the GF of d-branching mobiles (counted according to the number of black vertices) with a marked bud (resp. marked half-edge incident to a white vertex).
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc