seed meaning

EN[siːd] [-iːd]
  • A seed is an embryonic plant enclosed in a protective outer covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food.
  • Seeds have been an important development in the reproduction and spread of gymnosperm and angiosperm plants, relative to more primitive plants such as ferns, mosses and liverworts, which do not have seeds and use other means to propagate themselves.
  • The term "seed" also has a general meaning that antedates the above—anything that can be sown, e.g. "seed" potatoes, "seeds" of corn or sunflower "seeds".

    Definition of seed in English Dictionary

  • NounPLseedsSUF-d
    1. NC A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
      1. Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [ …] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation,  [ …] . In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
    2. NC (botany) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
      1. NU An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
        1. The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed. ‎
      2. NU Semen.
        1. A man must use his seed to start and raise a family. ‎
      3. NC A precursor.
        1. the seed of an idea;  which idea was the seed (idea)? ‎
      4. NC The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.
        1. The team with the best regular season record receives the top seed in the conference tournament.
        2. The rookie was a surprising top seed.
        3. If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
        4. The latest seed has attracted a lot of users in our online community.
      5. (now rare) Offspring, descendants, progeny.
        1. the seed of Abraham
      6. Race; generation; birth.
      7. VerbSGseedsPRseedingPT, PPseeded
        1. VT To plant or sow an area with seeds.
          1. I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.
        2. To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
          1. VT To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
            1. A venture capitalist seeds young companies.
            2. The tournament coordinator will seed the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.
            3. The programmer seeded fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.
          2. (sports, games) To allocate a seeding to a competitor.
            1. To be able to compete (especially in a quarter-final/semi-final/final).
              1. The tennis player seeded into the quarters.
            2. To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
              1. (dialectal) simple past tense and past participle of see.
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • Not such are the beings that earth now breeds : No more the vast god nor the demon : her seeds Wide-handed she scatters, wide-handed feeds
                  • The interference of dill seed essential oil was remarkable at the highest concentration compared with carbendazol.
                  • Ploidy levels of the regenerants were determined by flow cytometry or by detection of sterile and fertile plants as inferred by inflorescence, mature pollen grain production, and seed set.
                2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                  • If abortion occurs even later, as in the cultivar 'Chaouch,' normal-size fruit develop containing hard empty seeds.
                  • The hardware store is gearing up for spring in February with garden supplies and seeds.
                  • I think old Mr. Jacobs has a screw loose; he keeps trying to feed his cats bird seed.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Morphemes
                  • Suffixes
                    • Words by suffix
                      • Words suffixed with -d
                  • Nouns
                    • Countable nouns
                      • Singularia tantum
                        • Uncountable nouns
                      • Verbs
                        • Verb forms
                          • Participles
                            • Past participles
                            • Verb simple past forms
                            • Transitive verbs
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                          Grammatically, this word "seed" is a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a verb form and a transitive verb.
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