• WordNet 3.6
    • v seed remove the seeds from "seed grapes"
    • v seed inoculate with microorganisms
    • v seed sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain "seed clouds"
    • v seed distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
    • v seed place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth "She sowed sunflower seeds"
    • v seed go to seed; shed seeds "The dandelions went to seed"
    • v seed bear seeds
    • v seed help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
    • n seed the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
    • n seed anything that provides inspiration for later work
    • n seed one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    • n seed a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
    • n seed a small hard fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The coconut is the largest seed in the world
    • Seed (Bot) A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings; as, an apple seed; a currant seed. By germination it produces a new plant.
    • Seed (Bot) Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper; as, parsnip seed; thistle seed.
    • Seed Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as, the seed of Abraham; the seed of David.
    • Seed Race; generation; birth. "Of mortal seed they were not held."
    • Seed That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source; as, the seeds of virtue or vice.
    • Seed (Physiol) The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; -- not used in the plural.
    • Seed The principle of production. "Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed , Which may the like in coming ages breed ."
    • Seed To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations. "A sable mantle seeded with waking eyes."
    • Seed To grow to maturity, and to produce seed. "Many interests have grown up, and seeded , and twisted their roots in the crevices of many wrongs."
    • Seed To shed the seed.
    • Seed To sow seed.
    • Seed To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow; as, to seed a field.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald's Big Mac bun.
    • n seed The fertilized and matured ovule of the higher or flowering plants. It is a body within the pericarp or seed-vessel, containing an organized embryo, or nucleus, which, on being placed under favorable circumstances, develops into an individual similar to that from which it came. The reproductive bodies of the lower or flowerless plants (cryptogams) differ in their mode of germination and in other ways, and are not called true seeds, but spores. (See spore.) The seed-coats are those of the ovule—two, or rarely only one. The outer, answering to the primine, is the more firm and is not rarely crustaceous in texture, and takes the name of testa (also spermoderm and episperm). The inner, answering to the secundine, is called tegmen (sometimes endopleura); when present, it is always conformed to the nucleus, and is thin or soft and delicate in texture. The seed-stalk or podosperm, when there is one, is the pedicel or attachment of the seed to the placenta, and answers to the funiculus of the ovule. The chalaza, raphe, and hilum of the ovule retain the same names in the seed. The foramen of the ovule is called the micropyle in the seed. The terms which denote the position of the ovule, such as orthotropous, anatropous, amphitropous, etc., also apply equally to the resulting seed. The nucleus may consist of the embryo alone, or of the embryo and the albumen, which is the nourishing substance upon which the developing plant is to feed until it is capable of maintaining itself. See the various terms, and cuts under anatropous, campylotropul, Cruciferæ, ovary, and plumule.
    • n seed The male fecundating fluid; semen; sperm or milt, as of fish; spat, as of oysters: without a plural.
    • n seed Very young animals, as oysters.
    • n seed Progeny; offspring; children; descendants: as. the seed of Abraham; the seed of David. In this sense, chiefly scriptural, the word is applied to one person or to any number collectively, and is not used in the plural.
    • n seed Race; generation; birth.
    • n seed That from which anything springs: firstprinciple; origin: often in the plural: as, the seeds of virtue or vice; to sow the seeds of discord.
    • n seed Same as red-seed: a fishermen's term.
    • n seed The egg or eggs of the commercial silkwormmoth, Sericaria mori.
    • n seed In glass-making, one of the small bubbles which form in imperfectly fused glass, and which, when the glass is worked, assume elongated or ovoid forms, resembling the shapes of some seeds.
    • seed To go to seed; produce seed; grow to maturity: as, plants that will not seed in a cold climate.
    • seed To sow; plant; sprinkle or supply with or as with seed.
    • seed To cover with something thinly scattered; ornament with small and separate figures.
    • seed To graft.
    • seed In lard-rendering and -refining, to granulate by slow cooling, or cooling without stirring, as stearin in lard.
    • n seed The larvæ of the lac-insect.
    • n seed In sugar manufacturing, crystals of sugar placed in concentrated syrup to serve as starting-points for fresh crystallization.
    • seed In sugar manufacturing, to start the process of crystallization in (concentrated syrup) by placing crystals of sugar, from a previous step in the process, to serve as seed or starting-points.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, a strawberry has 200 seeds on it
    • n Seed sēd the thing sown: the male fecundating fluid, semen, sperm, milt, spat, the substance produced by plants and animals from which new plants and animals are generated: first principle: original: descendants: children: race: red-seed: a small bubble formed in imperfectly fused glass
    • v.i Seed to produce seed: to grow to maturity
    • v.t Seed to sow: to plant: to graft
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  • Linall Jr. A. L.
    Linall Jr. A. L.
    “Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.”
  • Og Mandino
    “Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “To see things in the seed is genius.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Look around for a place to sow a few seeds.”


Go to seed - If someone has gone to seed, they have declined in quality or appearance.
Seed money - Seed money is money that is used to start a small business.
Sow the seeds - When people sow the seeds, they start something that will have a much greater impact in the future.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seed, sed, AS. sǣd, fr. sāwan, to sow; akin to D. zaad, seed, G. saat, Icel. sāð, sæði, Goth. manasēþs, seed of men, world. See Sow to scatter seed, and cf. Colza


In literature:

We see the little snowbirds flying around, and they are so happy picking up seeds for food.
"Light On the Child's Path" by William Allen Bixler
A thinly-seeded lawn will not give you a good sward the first season, but a thickly-seeded one will.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
While he was eating them, Rollo asked him if a raspberry was a seed.
"Rollo's Museum" by Jacob Abbott
I seed him crib th' marvels my-sen.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The seed is sown in the vegetable garden every year when other seeds are sown.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Obtain, through the pupils, samples of seed-grain, clover seed, timothy seed, turnip seed, etc.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
They produce berries that contain seeds, and from these seeds are to grow more bushes.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
As the seed forms in its little pod, its thick sturdy seed-leaves become larger and fuller.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
En sech a sight ez dem t'er creeturs seed den en dar aint never bin seed befo' ner sence.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The rest of the scale is not adherent, so that the seed is free to fall at the opening of the cone.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw

In poetry:

We’ve toiled and failed; we spake the word;
None hearkened; dumb we lie;
Our Hope is dead, the seed we spread
Fell o’er the earth to die.
"The Day Of Days" by William Morris
No longer half-akin to brute,
For all we thought and loved and did,
And hoped, and suffer'd, is but seed
Of what in them is flower and fruit;
"In Memoriam 131: O Living Will That Shalt Endure" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
If seeds are sown—though they appear
Deep buried—they will sprout anew,
And bring a blessed harvest there:
By sunbeams warmed, and fed with dew.
"Devotion" by John Bowring
Immortal light and joys unknown
Are for the saints in darkness sown
Those glorious seeds shall spring and rise,
And the bright harvest bless our eyes.
"Psalm 97 part 3" by Isaac Watts
If such a heavenly fruit as this
Spread through the world its generous seed;
Then,—even woe itself were bliss—
And bliss would then be—bliss indeed.
"The Greatest of all is Charity" by John Bowring
Who gives to whom hath naught been given,
His gift in need, though small indeed
As is the grass-blade's wind-blown seed,
Is large as earth and rich as heaven.
"Giving And Taking" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The 10th-seeded Rebels kept their mistakes to a minimum and upended seventh-seeded Cherokee 14-7 in their opening-round, N.C. High School Athletic Association 1-A western football playoff game Friday.
View full size File photo Second-seeded Kingsway will meet third-seeded Lacey in a South Jersey Group III field hockey semifinal on Friday.
Dow AgroSciences will purchase Cal/West Seeds , Woodland, Calif, a seed supplier of alfalfa, clover and other crops.
Seed companies under pressure to meet high demand for seed corn.
They have to use their beaks and tongues to extract what's inside the seed , and sometimes they'll hold the seeds with their feet.
Samples can be accessed by their depositing seed banks, but if researchers or plant breeders wish to access the seeds , they must request samples directly from those banks.
A garden plant that has run its course and produced seeds is, naturally, a source of seed .
The hard part for those gardeners with limited space is that seeds usually come in packets of tens to hundreds of seeds .
Then there will be a workshop on saving seeds , Saturday, January 28, and a seed swap on Sunday, January 29, that is free to anyone interested in sharing their seeds and plants.
While farmers are assessing the impact of drought on their final corn yields, US seed companies are evaluating 2013 seed corn supplies.
Bring seeds to swap, or purchase from vendors – many seeds on discount.
You can use any kinds of seeds and enclose any amount of seeds per packet.
You replace seeds by the number of packets you took, not the number of actual seeds .
Illinois-Chicago (18-12, 10-4) earned the second seed while fourth- seeded Loyola (16-11, 8-6) and No.
7 seed ) or TCU ( seeded No 10.

In science:

In this example, the moving module goes directly toward the seed.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
SLEEP mode can be given a small probability to become a seed at each step.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
This is differed from the seed spacetime (1) because we have assumed the higher symmetry of the charged solutions (15) and (16).
The Kerr-Schild ansatz for the Nariai spacetime and the generating conjecture
The Voronoi tessellation can also be obtained by allowing spherical bubbles to grow with uniform velocity from each of the seed points.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
The accelerated particles may be seeds of subsequent curvature radiation.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field