Meaning of SEED in English



Pronunciation: ' s ē d

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural seed or seeds

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English s ǣ d; akin to Old High German s ā t seed, Old English s ā wan to sow ― more at SOW

Date: before 12th century

1 a (1) : the grains or ripened ovules of plants used for sowing (2) : the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant broadly : a propagative plant structure (as a spore or small dry fruit) b : a propagative animal structure: (1) : MILT , SEMEN (2) : a small egg (as of an insect) (3) : a developmental form of a lower animal suitable for transplanting specifically : SPAT c : the condition or stage of bearing seed <in seed >


3 : a source of development or growth : GERM <sowed the seed s of discord>

4 : something (as a tiny particle or a bubble in glass) that resembles a seed in shape or size

5 : a competitor who has been seeded in a tournament <the top seed >

– seed adjective

– seed · ed \ ' s ē -d ə d \ adjective

– seed · less \ ' s ē d-l ə s \ adjective

– seed · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

– go to seed or run to seed

1 : to develop seed


Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.