• WordNet 3.6
    • v sprout put forth and grow sprouts or shoots "the plant sprouted early this year"
    • v sprout produce buds, branches, or germinate "the potatoes sprouted"
    • n sprout a newly grown bud (especially from a germinating seed)
    • n sprout any new growth of a plant such as a new branch or a bud
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In China, pancakes are generally served as side dishes. They are stuffed with meat, bean sprouts, and other vegetables
    • Sprout The shoot of a plant; a shoot from the seed, from the stump, or from the root or tuber, of a plant or tree; more rarely, a shoot from the stem of a plant, or the end of a branch.
    • Sprout To cause to sprout; as, the rain will sprout the seed.
    • Sprout To deprive of sprouts; as, to sprout potatoes.
    • Sprout To shoot into ramifications.
    • Sprout To shoot, as the seed of a plant; to germinate; to push out new shoots; hence, to grow like shoots of plants.
    • Sprout Young coleworts; Brussels sprouts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most disliked vegetable by Americans is Brussels sprouts
    • sprout To shoot forth, as a bud from a seed or stock; begin to grow; spring: said of a young vegetable growth, or, by extension, of animal growth.
    • sprout To put forth shoots; bear buds.
    • sprout To spring up; grow upward.
    • sprout To spread into ramifications.
    • sprout To produce or afford by sprouting; grow: as, to sprout antlers; to sprout a mustache.
    • sprout To remove sprouts from: as, to sprout potatoes.
    • n sprout A shoot of a plant. The young shoot from a germinating seed, or from a rootstock, tuber, etc., or from the rooting tip of a stolon.
    • n sprout Specifically plural Young coleworts.
    • sprout Specifically, used to designate the action of silver during solidification. The molten silver beneath the thin solid crust forces up the crust with explosive violence and a part of it solidifies in the form of trees or sprouts. This action is attributed to the oxygen absorbed by the silver while above the melting-point, and seeking to escape at the point of solidification of the metal. Also vegetate.
    • n sprout In forestry, a tree which has grown from a stump or root. A shoot is a sprout which has not reached a height of three feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas are perennial crops that are grown and harvested year-round. The banana plant does not grow from a seed but rather from a rhizome or bulb. Each fleshy bulb will sprout new shoots year after year.
    • n Sprout sprowt a germ or young shoot:
    • v.i Sprout to shoot: to push out new shoots
    • n Sprout sprowt (pl.) young shoots from old cabbages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sprouten, spruten,; akin to OFries. sprūta, AS. spreótan, D. spruiten, G. spriessen, Sw. spruta, to squirt, to spout. Cf. Sprit (v. t. & i.) Sprit a spar, Spout (v. t.) Spurt
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
According to Skeat, not from A.S. spreótan, nor sprýtan, but from Old Friesic spruta, to sprout, Low Ger. spruten, Dut. spruiten, Ger. spriessen.


In literature:

He looks like a potato with sprouts for eyes.
"Out of the Ashes" by Ethel Watts Mumford
If allowed to sprout the flavor becomes rank and coarse.
"The Story of Crisco" by Marion Harris Neil
Or is Stoky just plain Lionel Stokes, the sprout of a humble cockney family?
"The World's Great Men of Music" by Harriette Brower
They never sprout but three times; therefore, after you have sprouted them three times, they will trouble you no more.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Halcyone carried a twig of freshly sprouting oak which she had brought from the tree, having broken it off in her lightning descent.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
From last year's seed 90 seeds sprouted out of the 100, or 9/10 of them.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
They would whip me with the cowhide part of the time and with birch sprouts the other part.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
On Neal's upper lip a fine, fair growth had sprouted, which looked white against his sun-tinged skin.
"Camp and Trail" by Isabel Hornibrook
The feeble sprout of Christianity was planted by this good British girl.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Because your silly little wings have begun to sprout?
"Max" by Katherine Cecil Thurston

In poetry:

Did I but know the way
I would go and pluck,
On Suminoe's
Shore the sprouting
Grass to forget my love.
"Did I but know the way" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Still from the ground it sprouted,
Statelier year by year,
Till loveliness clung about it,
And was its atmosphere.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
One lovely sprout, yes, more than one
Droops, dies beneath the shade,
And, where might be a garden plot,
A tangl'd waste is made.
"Display" by Thomas Frederick Young
And here, when sang the whippoorwill,
She cropped the sprouting leaves,
And here her rustling steps were heard
On still October eves.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
I know him, February's thrush,
And loud at eve he valentines
On sprays that paw the naked bush
Where soon will sprout the thorns and bines.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
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

In news:

Toasted Corn Bread Hash with Brussels Sprouts.
ROY — The men and boys let their beard hair sprout unchecked.
You're Doing It Wrong: Brussels Sprouts.
The thriller boasts true scares and seamless special effects (watch for when Dren sprouts wings).
Menu trends sprout this spring at NRA Show.
2 cups lentil sprouts .
In a medium bowl, combine the lentil sprouts , tomato, scallions, cilantro, and radishes.
Sprouted Kitchen's tastier take on whole foods.
Get more information about the Sprouted Kitchen cookbook.
To sprout wheat berries, soak them in room-temperature water overnight.
Sprout tails should emerge within a day or two.
The sprouts are ready as soon as the tails emerge.
Quick Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts and Lemon.
Brussels sprouts ' renaissance alive in Bay Area.
Brussels sprouts can generate pretty strong opinions.

In science:

This situation corresponds to one in which edges are eliminated randomly while nodes have a power-law probability of sprouting new ones (note that powerlaws are good descriptions of a variety of monotonous response functions, yet only require one parameter).
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
The sequence represents a path of length k from the marked vertex to the root, with rooted subtrees sprouting from each point on that path.
The birth of the giant component
Conversely, given any smooth multigraph M , we obtain all multigraphs M that prune down to it by simply sprouting a tree from each vertex of M (i.e., identifying that vertex with the root of a rooted tree).
The birth of the giant component
This probability estimate is, moreover, valid only when the excess is reasonably small as a function of n; otherwise the trees that sprout from the pruned multigraph M will not be large enough to assert their asymptotic behavior.
The birth of the giant component
Now we proceed to step two, which sprouts a rooted tree from every vertex; this changes z to T (z) in the generating function.
The birth of the giant component