• WordNet 3.6
    • v germinate produce buds, branches, or germinate "the potatoes sprouted"
    • v germinate cause to grow or sprout "the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
    • v germinate work out "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Germinate To cause to sprout.
    • v. i Germinate To sprout; to bud; to shoot; to begin to vegetate, as a plant or its seed; to begin to develop, as a germ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • germinate To act as a germ; begin to undergo development toward a more complete form or state; form or be formed into an embryo, as an impregnated ovum.
    • germinate Specifically, to sprout; bud; shoot; begin to vegetate or grow, as a plant or its seed.
    • germinate To cause to sprout; put forth; produce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Germinate jėrm′in-āt to spring from a germ: to begin to grow
    • v.t Germinate to produce
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. germinatus, p. p. of germinare, to sprout, fr. germen,. See Germ


In literature:

Corylus has not been grown here as a garden tree and so I do not know its requirements of germination.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The seed planted in him at Foligno germinated, produced a bud, before long a triumphant flower.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The seeds soon germinate in the sand but not in the clay.
"Lessons on Soil" by E. J. Russell
That higher life is planted, but its germination is a work of time.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The devil's seed germinates with reptile rapidity, and blossoms and fructifies in the vinous fallows of this bully's brain!
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Since the seeds in many instances are small or are slow to germinate, they are usually sown in shallow boxes or seed pans.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
This will prevent the seeds from shriveling before they start to germinate.
"Your Plants" by James Sheehan
Who grows most of the Chinese chestnuts, germinates most of the seed?
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
One hundred and five thousand are contained in an ounce, and they retain their germinative properties three years.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
If we have not been born to fortunes, we should impart the seeds which shall germinate and give birth to fortunes for them.
"Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party" by Martin Robinson Delany

In poetry:

If quick, sound seed be wanting where
The virgin soil feels sun and air,
And longs to fill a higher state,
There let my meanings germinate.
"A Prelude" by Maurice Thompson
Prince, I can hear the trumpet of Germinal,
The tumbrils toiling up the terrible way;
Even to-day your royal head may fall,
I think I will not hang myself to-day.
"A Ballade of Suicide" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The blade that thrust dies down before the ear,
The ear is eaten of the leaf that thrust;
Even as courage germines up from fear,
And fear itself is monitor to trust.
"The Pendulum" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
FROM my last years, last thoughts I here bequeath,
Scatter'd and dropt, in seeds, and wafted to the West,
Through moisture of Ohio, prairie soil of Illinois—through Colorado,
California air,
For Time to germinate fully.
"From My Last Years" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The black fingers fungus, which like cheatgrass is native to the Eurasian steppe, attacks the cheatgrass seeds before they germinate.
Perhaps your seeds haven't germinated due to late sowing time, improper sowing depth, hard seed coat and/or too much rain.
The thickness also slows germination , preserving some seeds for future growth.
Ideal soil temperature for germination is 55 to 70 degrees.
Given these cooler soil conditions, germination could take three weeks or more once corn is planted if temperatures remain lower than normal.
Testing has revealed low germination rates on some samples.
Some seed corn can germinate and thrive in cold, wet spring soils.
The challenge is to know, before you plant, which seed has a high enough germination rate to handle harsh weather conditions.
Bozeman, Montana's Toy Soldier Productions Heads To Idaho For GERMINATION .
Germination of mature corn kernels on the cob prior to harvest is most likely to occur when reasonably dry kernels ( less than about 20 percent grain moisture content) are re-wetted, especially when temperatures are warm.
The Malt Floor will be a Heritage- malting operation in which Rogue Farm barley will be soaked, floor-germinated, hand-raked on the malt floor, roasted in a brick hearth, and bagged in small batches.
Good soil-to-seed contact provides the best environment for seed to germinate.
The rear roller busts clods and ensures good soil-to- seed contact for improved germination.
October's artist of the month Chris Roberson makes the kind of work that revolves around a simple idea — like what a monument to urban play would look like — and those ideas often begin to germinate in his sketchbook .
Bozeman, Montana's Toy Soldier Productions Heads To Idaho For GERMINATION.

In science:

This paper germinated during author’s short stay in Manchester in August of 2002.
Very simple representations: variations on a theme of Clifford
Example 5 (A two-phase corn seed germination experiment).
Decomposition tables for experiments. II. Two--one randomizations
Localization As discussed previously, exponential and dynamical localization are a consequence of the multiscale analysis with a Wegner estimate developed by Bourgain and Kenig in for the Bernoulli –Anderson model, and by Germin et, Hislop and Klein in for the model with Poisson potential.
Localization for random Schr\"odinger operators with low density potentials
D meson decays have germinated several new results .
New FOCUS results on charm mixing and CP violation
In fact no such tools were at Aristotle’s disposal and they were only germinated after two thousand years when the notion of limit emerged, Calculus was developed and Georg Cantor created his set theory.
Zeno meets modern science