• WordNet 3.6
    • adj budding beginning to develop "a budding genius"
    • n budding reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent
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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
    • Budding (Biol) A process of asexual reproduction, in which a new organism or cell is formed by a protrusion of a portion of the animal or vegetable organism, the bud thus formed sometimes remaining attached to the parent stalk or cell, at other times becoming free; gemmation. See Hydroidea.
    • Budding The act or process of ingrafting one kind of plant upon another stock by inserting a bud under the bark.
    • Budding The act or process of producing buds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average lifespan of a human taste bud is ten days
    • n budding In botany, the putting forth or producing of buds. In the lower cryptogams the term is applied to a form of growth and reproduction, a modification of fission, in which the new cell swells out at the side of the parent cell, increases in size, and at length becomes detached. See yeast.
    • n budding In zoology, gemmation; a mode of asexual reproduction in animals analogous to budding in plants.
    • n budding In horticulture, a process, allied to grafting, for growing a different variety of fruit or plant from a given stock by transferring a bud with a little of the woody tissue behind it to a cleft in the bark of the stock. Adhesion takes place between the cambium layers or new-growth tissue of the two, assuring the life and growth of the bud. Many kinds of fruit are propagated in this way, as well as roses and other plants.
    • budding Producing buds: as, a budding tree.
    • budding Being in the condition of a bud; figuratively, being in an early stage of growth; being at the entrance of a period of life, a career, etc.: as, a budding orator.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds
    • n Budding a method of propagation by means of buds
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. budde; prob. related to Dut. bot, a bud.


In literature:

The daisies white are nursery maids with frills upon their caps; And daisy buds are little babes they tend upon their laps.
"Graded Memory Selections" by Various
On the second day after Ches' arrival, Bud had come through with the mail, and before leaving, drew Jim aside, out of the boy's hearing.
"The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch" by Henry Wallace Phillips
If she is, I imagine she's going to blight Romance in the bud.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
If to Bud she was Mentor, to Bob she was Telemachus.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
I would not have my reader to suppose that one may always distinguish leaf-buds and fruit-buds at a glance.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Review the lesson on buds, but substitute buds of the lilac or apple for the horse-chestnut buds of the original lesson.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Some green buds and leaves float on water .
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
And wires the bud on the tree!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
One bin sma't bud; da turrer, 'e bin fool bud.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Here they waited for a while, and presently saw Brassy and Bud Haddon come forth.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer

In poetry:

Out in the chilly dew one morn
I plucked a wild sweet rose,
A little silver bud new-born
And longing to unclose.
"Parables" by Richard Le Gallienne
My body ages, form and hue;
But when the spring winds blow,
My spirit stirs and buds anew,
Younger than long ago.
"Songs of the Spring Nights" by George MacDonald
Long I lingered in the bud
Doubting of the season,
Winter's cold had chilled my blood-—
I was ripe for treason.
"To K.M.D." by James Clerk Maxwell
You tell me I must come again
Now buds and blooms appear:
Ah! never fell one word in vain
Of yours on mortal ear.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor
Proud the stream with lily-bud,
Gay with glancing swallow;
Swift its trillion-footed flood
Winding ways to follow;
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
With her light and silver feet,
On the mill-stream flowing;
Come a thousand perfumes sweet,
Dewy buds are blowing;
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Rookie's leadership arrives at high tide for Cleveland Browns: Bud Shaw's Sunday Sports Spin.
It's good news for the Browns, says Bud Shaw.
Jose Reyes' holiday in Dubai one reason for holdup as Bud Selig reviews deal.
Gail and Milford "Bud" Brock.
Post-Jambo Bud Crew fills up at weekend-only buffet.
Sunday breakfast was definitely in order for Bud Em and friends after a rip-roarin' weekend at Jamboree In The Hills.
MARTINS FERRY -There are numerous reasons you could point to as to why Hot Rod Tattooing has not only flourished during its 15 years in downtown but also become an budding Ohio Valley institution.
Budding thespians and dramaphiles take note: Roundabout Theatre Arts is gathering the troops for monthly play readings in Sequim.
Sticking little white buds in my ears isn't my idea of cuddling up to my favorite music when I'm listening to my iPod.
Bud Shank dies at 82.
This common three-chord progression can be found in countless jazz tunes, and improvising over these chords in a convincing fashion is a must-know skill for any budding jazz guitarist to have under their fingers.
The company brings Dom Pérignon and Bud Light, platinum-set diamonds and scoopable cat litter, Prada handbags and Michelin tires together under the same flat roof.
Reciprocal Association of the Budding Yeast ATM-Related Proteins Tel1 and Mec1 with Telomeres In Vivo .
Molecular Analysis of Kinetochore -Microtubule Attachment in Budding Yeast.
My boyfriend's one-night stand with a younger woman is preying on me, tips for budding females into BDSM.

In science:

The vertex bf0 and the incident buds or edges are not represented.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
For any weighted biorientation O in eB , we call exposed the buds of the mobile T = Φ− (O) created by applying the local transformation to the outer edges of O (which have preliminarily been returned).
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
There is a bijection between the set ~O of corner-rooted maps inducing the face-rooted map O (i.e., the maps obtained by choosing a root-corner in the root-face of O), and the set ~T of mobiles obtained from T by marking an exposed bud.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
The natural bijection γ between the d exposed buds of T and the d corners in the root-face of O (in which an exposed bud b points toward the vertex incident to the corner γ (b)) does not require any “symmetry breaking” convention.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc
Let B be the set of non-exposed buds of T , and let H be the set of half-edges incident to a white vertex.
A bijection for triangulations, quadrangulations, pentagulations, etc