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  Dictionary Definition of seed

noun, plural seeds, seed, verb

-- noun
1. the propagative part of a plant, especially as preserved for growing a new crop, including ovules, tubers, bulbs, etc.
2. such parts collectively.
3. Botany a structure containing an embryo plant and food reserves, formed from an ovule after it has been fertilised.
4. any small, seedlike part or fruit, as a grain of wheat.
5. ( usually plural ) the germ or beginning of anything: the seeds of discord.
6. offspring; progeny.
7. semen or sperm.
8. the ovum or ova of certain animals, as the lobster and the silkworm moth.
9. ® seed oyster.
10. a small bubble in glass.
11. a player who has been seeded: Jones is number three seed this year.
-- verb (t)
12. to sow (land) with seed.
13. to sow or scatter (seed).
14. Chemistry to add a small crystal to (a super-saturated solution, or a supercooled liquid), in order to initiate crystallisation.
15. to sow or scatter (clouds) with crystals or particles of silver iodide, solid carbon dioxide, etc., to induce precipitation.
16. to place people with certain abilities or beliefs in positions of influence within (an organisation).
17. to remove the seeds from (fruit).
18. (especially in tennis) a. to modify (the ordinary drawing of lots for position in a tournament) by distributing certain outstanding players so that they will not meet in the early rounds of play. b. to distribute (outstanding players) in this manner: Jones was seeded fifth last year.
-- verb (i)
19. to sow seed.
20. to produce or shed seed.
-- phrase
21. go to seed or run to seed, a. to pass to the stage of yielding seed. b. to approach the end of vigour, usefulness, prosperity, etc.
[ME; OE sed (Anglian), sæd, c. G Saat ]
-- seedless, adjective -- seedlike, adjective