• WordNet 3.6
    • v weed clear of weeds "weed the garden"
    • n weed street names for marijuana
    • n weed a black band worn by a man (on the arm or hat) as a sign of mourning
    • n weed any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
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Wayside Weeds and Garden Flowers Wayside Weeds and Garden Flowers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The primary purpose of growing rice in flooded paddies is to drown the weeds surrounding the young seedlings. Rice can, in fact, be grown in drained areas.
    • Weed A garment; clothing; especially, an upper or outer garment. "Lowly shepherd's weeds .""Woman's weeds .""This beggar woman's weed .""He on his bed sat, the soft weeds he wore
      Put off."
    • n Weed A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed.
    • Weed (Stock Breeding) An animal unfit to breed from.
    • Weed An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge; as, he wore a weed on his hat; especially, in the plural, mourning garb, as of a woman; as, a widow's weeds . "In a mourning weed , with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing."
    • Weed Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant. "Too much manuring filled that field with weeds ."
    • Weed Fig.: Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.
    • Weed To free from anything hurtful or offensive. "He weeded the kingdom of such as were devoted to Elaiana."
    • Weed To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds; as, to weed corn or onions; to weed a garden.
    • Weed (Stock Breeding) To reject as unfit for breeding purposes.
    • Weed To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something hurtful; to extirpate; -- commonly used with out; as, to weed out inefficiency from an enterprise. "Weed up thyme.""Wise fathers . . . weeding from their children ill things.""Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out."
    • Weed Tobacco, or a cigar.
    • Weed Underbrush; low shrubs. "One rushing forth out of the thickest weed .""A wild and wanton pard . . . Crouched fawning in the weed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weed The vegetative parts of the cotton-plant as opposed to the flowers and fruit.
    • n weed The mad-dog skull-cap or madweed, Scutellaria lateriflora.
    • n weed Any one of those herbaceous plants which are useless and without special beauty, or especially which are positively troublesome. The application of this general term is somewhat relative. Handsome but pernicious plants, as the oxeye daisy, cone-flower, and the purple cow-wheat of Europe (Melampyrum aruense), are weeds to the agriculturist, flowers to the esthetic. So also plants that are cultivated for use or beauty, as grasses, hemp, carrot, parsnip, morning-glory, become weeds when they spring up where they are not wanted. The exotics of cool countries are sometimes weeds in the tropics.
    • n weed A sorry, worthless animal unfit for the breeding of stock; especially, a leggy, loose-bodied horse; a race-horse having the appearance but wanting the other qualities of a thorough bred.
    • n weed A cigar; with the definite article, tobacco.
    • weed To free from weeds or noxious plants.
    • weed To take away, as noxious plants; remove what is injurious, offensive, or unseemly; extirpate.
    • weed To free from anything hurtful or offensive.
    • weed To root up and remove weeds, or anything resembling weeds.
    • weed A reduced form of weeded, past participle of weed.
    • n weed A garment of any sort, especially an outer garment; hence, garments in general, especially the whole costume worn at any one time: now commonly in the plural, and chiefly in the phrase widows' weeds. See widow.
    • n weed A general name for any sudden illness from cold or relapse, usually accompanied by febrile symptoms, taken by women after confinement or during nursing, especially milk-fever or inflammation of the breast.
    • n weed Lymphangitis in the horse, characterized by fever and temporary swelling of the limbs. It appears usually after a period of inactivity.
    • n weed A heavy weight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weed wēd any useless plant of small growth: anything useless or troublesome; a sorry animal, a worthless fellow:
    • v.t Weed to free from weeds: to remove anything hurtful or offensive
    • n Weed wēd a garment, esp. in pl. a widow's mourning apparel
    • n Weed wēd (Scot.) a popular name for any sudden illness, cold, or relapse with febrile symptoms in women after confinement or nursing: lymphangitis in the horse
    • Weed Also Weid
    • n Weed wēd (coll.) a cigar
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  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.”
  • Jonathan Westover
    Jonathan Westover
    “We have a choice: to plow new ground or let the weeds grow.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “A good garden may have some weeds.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.”
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
    Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
    “Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.”


A lost ball in the high weeds - A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
Demon weed - Tobacco is the demon weed.
Small dog, tall weeds - This idiom is used to describe someone the speaker does not believe has the ability or resources to handle a task or job.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wede, AS. wǣde, wǣd,; akin to OS. wādi, giwādi, OFries, wēde, wēd, OD. wade, OHG. wāt, Icel. vāð, Zend vadh, to clothe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wéod, an herb.


In literature:

The flower beds are that full now abody can hardly get in to weed 'em still.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
It seemed to come from the weed-prairie, and we both ran up on the high bank to ascertain what success had attended the shot.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
There was a field adjoining the corral, or what had once been a field, but from neglect had run into a bed of grass and weeds.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Oh, doctor, you are returned with your weeds!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There's a trout, sir, at the tail of that weed.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
Then they refused to trade their weed.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Then they espied James weeding out the garden beds.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It is really a weed of cultivation met with generally on rich soils.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
The history of this loathsome weed.
"A Disquisition on the Evils of Using Tobacco" by Orin Fowler
The young plants were kept free from weeds, and were transplanted when about two inches high.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings

In poetry:

'Black, black,' sang she,
'Black, black my weeds shall be,
My love has widowed me!
Black, black!' sang she.
"Daft Jean" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
My folk were godly Churchmen,—
Or paced in Elders' weeds;
But all were grave and pious
And hated heathen creeds.
"The Cross-Current" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Weigh not His crib, His wooden dish,
Nor beasts that by Him feed;
Weigh not His mother's poor attire,
Nor Joseph's simple weed.
"Behold A Silly Tender Babe" by Robert Southwell
Or if an aspiration pale
Must quicken there--oh, let the spot
Grow weeds! that dost may so prevail,
Where spirit once could not!
"Nightfall" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh, not for her the florist's art,
The mocking weeds of woe;
Dear memories in each mourner's heart
Like heaven's white lilies blow.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
"Inversnaid" by Govinda Krishna Chettur

In news:

FGCU still growing like a weed.
Of course, you might know them by a more common name: weeds.
Councilman Jeff Koch has scheduled a Weed and Seed meeting for members of Hilltop communities on Wednesday, Jan 31, 7:30 pm at the Potters House Cathedral, 430 Cathedral Avenue.
She said she did a "Friend Cleanse " where she weeded out people who didnt have her best interest at heart.
There was a weed-covered livestock trail to the property, and Mr Heizer wore out a new truck a year getting to and from the place.
Wallop your weeds at season's beginning.
Dhar Mann, Owner of Oakland's WeGrow, the "Wal-Mart of Weed", Faces Thirteen Felony Charges.
Still, most people remember him from his work on the Showtime drama "Weeds," appearances in Adam Sandler movies or his nearly decade-long stint on "Saturday Night Live.
No volunteers could mean village hires weed removal service.
The weed situation in Pell Lake continues to get worse.
Roanoker Jeff Ell 's plan for defeating weeds.
"In 2010, there were 24 states in the country that had weeds with confirmed resistance," says Damon Palmer, US commercial leader Enlist weed control system for Dow AgroSciences.
It gives us a chance to get outside on our lunch hour at least once a week and pull a few weeds or harvest some zucchini.
Is it a weed or a wildflower and can I grow it in my own garden.
It also must be accompanied by correct mowing heights, proper irrigation schedule and weed and pest control for the best results.

In science:

One of the weeds has no extensions which pass the associativity test.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer
On the next step of the odometer, there are no weeds that pass the associativity test.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer
In particular, we obtain the following classification statement with a ‘manageable’ set of weeds.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer
First, in §6.1 we produce an initial list of weeds, which begin with either a triple point or a quadruple point.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer
In §6.2, we then run the odometer for a single step extending all of the triple point weeds by one depth.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer