seed

A seed is basically a baby plant — it's the way plants reproduce. One tiny sunflower seed can potentially grow into a sunflower that's ten feet tall.

Some seeds are just a tiny speck, others a small pod, and still others a cluster inside a fruit. As a verb, seed means "remove the seeds from," so you can seed a lemon or a pomegranate (and in the latter case, you can then eat the seeds you've seeded). You also seed when you scatter seeds in a garden. Figuratively, seed is often used to mean "provide money to start a business" or "help something grow."

Primary Meanings of seed

1.
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a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
remove the seeds from
2.
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the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract
3.
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one of the outstanding players in a tournament
distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
4.
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anything that provides inspiration for later work
help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
5.
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sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
6.
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inoculate with microorganisms
Full Definitions of seed
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n a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa

Type of:
ovule
a small body that contains the female germ cell of a plant; develops into a seed after fertilization

n a small hard fruit

Types:
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edible seed
many are used as seasoning
coffee, coffee bean, coffee berry
a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
pip
a small hard seed found in some fruits
bonduc nut, nicker nut, nicker seed
hard shiny grey seed of a bonduc tree; used for making e.g. jewelry
Job's tears
hard pearly seeds of an Asiatic grass; often used as beads
oil-rich seed, oilseed
any of several seeds that yield oil
safflower seed
seed of the safflower
caryopsis, grain
dry seed-like fruit produced by the cereal grasses: e.g. wheat, barley, Indian corn
ash-key
winged seed of the ash tree
coquilla nut
nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory
babassu nut
hard-shelled nut of the babassu palm
cohune nut
nut of the cohune palm having hard white shells like those of ivory nuts
apple nut, ivory nut, vegetable ivory
nutlike seed of a South American palm; the hard white shell takes a high polish and is used for e.g. buttons
neem seed
seed of neem trees; source of pesticides and fertilizer and medicinal products
buckeye, conker, horse chestnut
the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut
Mexican jumping bean, jumping bean, jumping seed
seed of Mexican shrubs of the genus Sebastiana containing the larva of a moth whose movements cause the bean to jerk or tumble
bean
any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans
nut
usually large hard-shelled seed
edible nut
a hard-shelled seed consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell
pumpkin seed
the edible seed of a pumpkin
areca nut, betel nut
seed of betel palm; chewed with leaves of the betel pepper and lime as a digestive stimulant and narcotic in southeastern Asia
water chinquapin
edible nutlike seeds of an American lotus having the flavor of a chinquapin
dika nut
edible oil-rich seed of wild mango
sunflower seed
edible seed of sunflowers; used as food and poultry feed and as a source of oil
cumin, cumin seed
aromatic seeds of the cumin herb of the carrot family
cedar nut, cembra nut
the seed of the Swiss pine
castor bean
the toxic seed of the castor-oil plant; source of castor oil
cottonseed
seed of cotton plants; source of cottonseed oil
candlenut
seed of candlenut tree; source of soil used in varnishes
coumara nut, tonka bean
fragrant black nutlike seeds of the tonka bean tree; used in perfumes and medicines and as a substitute for vanilla
algarobilla, algarroba, algarrobilla
mesquite pod used in tanning and dyeing
amaranth
seed of amaranth plants used as a native cereal in Central and South America
rapeseed
seed of rape plants; source of an edible oil
barleycorn
a grain of barley
wheat berry
a grain of wheat
kernel
a single whole grain of a cereal
rye
the seed of the cereal grass
cola nut, kola nut
bitter brown seed containing caffein; source of cola extract
mast
nuts of forest trees (as beechnuts and acorns) accumulated on the ground
calabar bean, ordeal bean
dark brown highly poisonous seed of the calabar-bean vine; source of physostigmine and used in native witchcraft
divi-divi
twisted seed pods of the divi-divi tree; source of tannin
algarroba, algarroba bean, carob, carob bean, locust bean, locust pod
long pod containing small beans and sweetish edible pulp; used as animal feed and source of a chocolate substitute
soy, soya bean, soybean
a source of oil; used for forage and soil improvement and as food
broad bean, fava bean, horsebean
seed of the broad-bean plant
palm kernel, palm nut
seed of any oil palm
nutlet
a small nut
flaxseed, linseed
the seed of flax used as a source of oil
Type of:
fruit
the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

v remove the seeds from

seed grapes”
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v bear seeds

Type of:
bear, turn out
bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"

v go to seed; shed seeds

“The dandelions went to seed
Types:
reseed
seed again or anew
Type of:
disgorge, shed, spill
cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over

v place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

“She sowed sunflower seeds
Synonyms:
sow
inseminate, sow, sow in
place seeds in or on (the ground)
Types:
broadcast
sow over a wide area, especially by hand
inseminate, sow, sow in
place seeds in or on (the ground)
scatter
sow by scattering
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location
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n the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract

Types:
milt
seminal fluid produced by male fish
Type of:
bodily fluid, body fluid, humor, humour, liquid body substance
the liquid parts of the body
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n one of the outstanding players in a tournament

Synonyms:
seeded player
Type of:
participant, player
a person who participates in or is skilled at some game

v distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds

Type of:
grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to
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n anything that provides inspiration for later work

Synonyms:
germ, source
Types:
taproot
something that provides an important central source for growth or development
muse
the source of an artist's inspiration
Type of:
inspiration
arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

v help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money

Type of:
finance
obtain or provide money for
5

v sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain

seed clouds”
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
6

v inoculate with microorganisms

Type of:
inoculate
introduce a microorganism into

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