Meaning of SEED in English

SEED

n.

Function: intransitive verb

Date: 14th century

1 : to bear or shed seed

2 : to sow seed : PLANT

transitive verb

1 a : to plant seeds in : SOW < seed a lawn with grass> b : to furnish with something that causes or stimulates growth or development c : INOCULATE d : to supply with nuclei (as of crystallization or condensation) especially : to treat (a cloud) with solid particles to convert water droplets into ice crystals in an attempt to produce precipitation e : to cover or permeate by or as if by scattering something < seed ed [ the ] sea-lanes with thousands of magnetic mines ― Otto Friedrich>

2 : PLANT 1A

3 : to extract the seeds from (as raisins)

4 a : to schedule (tournament players or teams) so that superior ones will not meet in early rounds b : to rank (a contestant) relative to others in a tournament on the basis of previous record <the top- seeded tennis star>

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