see also: Seed
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable, botany) A fertilized and ripened ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  2. (countable) Any small seed-like fruit.
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. […]. Chapter III.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, […] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, […], London: Printed for Hen[ry] Brome […], OCLC 48702491 ↗; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388 ↗, page 136 ↗:
      The exiguity and ſmallneſſe of ſome ſeeds extending to large productions is one of the magnalities of nature, ſomewhat illuſtrating the work of the Creation, and vaſt production from nothing.
    If you plant a seed in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn.
  3. (countable, agriculture) Any propagative portion of a plant which may be sown, such as true seeds, seed-like fruits, tubers, or bulbs.
  4. (uncountable, collective) An amount of seeds that cannot be readily counted.
    The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed.
  5. (countable) A fragment of coral.
  6. (uncountable) Semen.
    • 1611, King James Version, Leviticus 15:16:
      And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.
    A man must use his seed to start and raise a family.
  7. (countable, figurative) A precursor.
    Synonyms: germ
    the seed of an idea; which idea was the seed (idea)?
  8. (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.
    1. The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position)
      The team with the best regular season record receives the top seed in the conference tournament.
    2. The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
      The rookie was a surprising top seed.
    3. Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number)
      If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
    4. Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message)
      The latest seed has attracted a lot of users in our online community.
  9. (now rare) Offspring, descendants, progeny.
    the seed of Abraham
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto X:
      Next him king Leyr in happie peace long raind, / But had no issue male him to succeed, / But three faire daughters, which were well vptraind, / In all that seemed fit for kingly seed {{...}
  10. Race; generation; birth.
    • Of mortal seed they were not held.
  11. A small bubble formed in imperfectly fused glass.
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seed (seeds, present participle seeding; past and past participle seeded)

  1. (transitive) To plant or sow an area with seeds.
    I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.
  2. (transitive) To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
    • 1604, Ben Jonson, The Coronation Triumph
      a sable mantle seeded with waking eyes
  3. (transitive) To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.
    A venture capitalist seeds young companies.
    The tournament coordinator will seed the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.
    The programmer seeded fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.
  4. (sports, gaming) To allocate a seeding to a competitor.
  5. (internet, transitive) To leave (files) available for others to download through peer-to-peer file sharing protocols (e.g. BitTorrent).
  6. (intransitive) To be qualified to compete, especially in a quarter-final, semi-final or final.
    The tennis player seeded into the quarters.
  7. (intransitive) To produce seed.
  8. (intransitive) To grow to maturity.
  9. (slang, vulgar) To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
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  1. (dialectal) Simple past tense and past participle of see

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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