Meaning of SEED in English

SEED

/ siːd; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

OF PLANTS / FRUIT

1.

[ C , U ] the small hard part produced by a plant, from which a new plant can grow :

a packet of wild flower seeds

sesame seeds

Sow the seeds outdoors in spring.

These vegetables can be grown from seed.

seed potatoes (= used for planting)

—see also birdseed

2.

[ C ] ( NAmE ) = pip (2)

—picture at watermelon

BEGINNING

3.

[ C , usually pl. ] seed (of sth) the beginning of a feeling or a development which continues to grow :

the seeds of rebellion

This planted the seeds of doubt in my mind.

IN TENNIS

4.

[ C ] ( especially in tennis ) one of the best players in a competition. The seeds are given a position in a list to try and make sure that they do not play each other in the early parts of the competition :

The top seed won comfortably.

the number one seed

OF A MAN

5.

[ U ] ( old-fashioned or humorous ) semen

6.

[ U ] ( literary ) all the people who are the children, grandchildren, etc. of one man

IDIOMS

- go / run to seed

—more at sow verb

■ verb

OF A PLANT

1.

[ v ] to produce seeds

2.

[ vn ] seed itself to produce other plants using its own seeds

AREA OF GROUND

3.

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] seed sth (with sth) to plant seeds in an area of ground :

a newly seeded lawn

IN TENNIS

4.

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to make sb a seed in a competition :

He has been seeded 14th at Wimbledon next week.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English sǣd , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaad , German Saat , also to sow (I).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.