Definition of "seed" []

  • A ripened plant ovule containing an embryo. (noun)
  • A propagative part of a plant, as a tuber or spore. (noun)
  • Seeds considered as a group. (noun)
  • The seed-bearing stage of a plant. (noun)
  • Something that resembles a seed, as a tiny bubble in a piece of glass. (noun)
  • A mature fertilized plant ovule, consisting of an embryo and its food store surrounded by a protective seed coat (testa) (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The small hard seedlike fruit of plants such as wheat (noun)
  • (loosely) any propagative part of a plant, such as a tuber, spore, or bulb (noun)
  • Such parts collectively (noun)
  • The source, beginning, or germ of anything (noun)
  • Offspring or descendants (noun)
  • A seeded player (noun)
  • The egg cell or cells of the lobster and certain other animals (noun)
  • A small crystal added to a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid to induce crystallization (noun)
  • To plant (seeds, grain, etc) in (soil) (verb)
  • (of plants) to form or shed seeds (verb)
  • To remove the seeds from (fruit, etc) (verb)
  • To add a small crystal to (a supersaturated solution or supercooled liquid) in order to cause crystallization (verb)
  • To scatter certain substances, such as silver iodide, in (clouds) in order to cause rain (verb)
  • To arrange (the draw of a tournament) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds (verb)
  • To distribute (players or teams) in this manner (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "seed" in a sentence
  • "Thus saith the Lord: If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then will I cast away the seed of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of _his seed_ to be rulers over the seed of"
  • "He did not “see his seed, ” nor “prolong his days, ” since he died childless; and we will not permit the word “seed” to be spiritualized on this occasion, for the word “seed” in the Old Testament, means nothing else, than literally “children, ” which it is not pretended he ever had; and how could he “prolong his days, ” when he was cut off in his 33d year."
  • "Y Combinator a ‘farm team’ seed funder for greenhorns all of which are Web 2.0 wannabes that would have no chance of making it without a ’seed hedge fund’ manager."