Middle English sele, from an inflectional form of Old English seolh, from Proto-Germanic *selhaz (compare North Frisian selich, Middle Dutch seel, zēle, Old High German selah, Danish sæl, Middle Low German sale), either from Proto-Indo-European *selk- (“to pull”) (compare dialectal English sullow (“plough”)) or from early Proto-Finnic šülkeš (later *hülgeh, compare dialectal Finnish hylki, standard hylje, Estonian hüljes). More at sullow.
seal (plural seals)
- A pinniped (Pinnipedia), particularly an earless seal (true seal) or eared seal.
- The seals in the harbor looked better than they smelled.
- See also Wikisaurus:pinniped
- (hunt seals): go sealing
seal (plural seals)
- A stamp used to impress a design on a soft substance such as wax.
- An impression of such stamp on wax, paper or other material used for sealing.
- (Discuss(+) this sense) A design or insignia usually associated with an organization or an official role.
- The front of the podium bore the presidential seal.
- Anything that secures or authenticates.
- (Discuss(+) this sense) Something which will be visibly damaged if a covering or container is opened, and which may or may not bear an official design.
- The result was declared invalid, as the seal on the meter had been broken.
- Confirmation or an indication of confirmation.
- Her clothes always had her mom's seal of approval.
- Something designed to prevent liquids or gases from leaking through a joint.
- The canister is leaking. I think the main seal needs to be replaced.
- A tight closure, secure against leakage.
- Close the lid tightly to get a good seal.
- A chakra.
- (transitive) To place a seal on (a document).
- To mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality.
- to seal weights and measures; to seal silverware
- (transitive) To fasten (something) so that it cannot be opened without visible damage.
- The cover is sealed. If anyone tries to open it, we'll know about it.
- (transitive) To prevent people or vehicles from crossing (something).
- The border has been sealed until the fugitives are found.
- (transitive) To close securely to prevent leakage.
- I've sealed the bottle to keep the contents fresh.
- Seal up your lips, and give no words but "mum".
- (transitive) To place in a sealed container.
- I've sealed the documents in this envelope.
- (transitive, chess) To place a notation of one's next move in a sealed envelope to be opened after an adjournment.
- After thinking for half an hour, the champion sealed his move.
- (transitive) To guarantee.
- The last-minute goal sealed United's win.
- To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement or plaster, etc.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Gwilt to this entry?)
- To close by means of a seal.
- to seal a drainpipe with water
- (Mormonism) To confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife.
- H. Stansbury
- If a man once married desires a second helpmate […] she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of the church.
- H. Stansbury
- (place a seal on):
- (fasten (something) so that it cannot be opened without visible damage):
- (prevent people or vehicles from crossing (something)): block, block off, close, close off, obstruct, seal off
- (close securely to prevent leakage):
- (place in a sealed container): enclose
- (chess term):
- (dialectal) To tie up animals (especially cattle) in their stalls.