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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English seed, sede, side, from Old English sēd, sǣd (seed, that which is sown), from Proto-West Germanic *sād, from Proto-Germanic *sēdiz (seed), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁tis (corresponding to Proto-Germanic *sēaną (to sow) + *-þiz), from *seh₁- (to sow, throw). Cognate with West Frisian sied (seed), Dutch zaad (seed), Low German Saad (seed), German Saat (sowing; seed), Icelandic sæði (seed), Danish sæd (seed), Swedish säd (seed), Latin satio (seeding, time of sowing, season). More at sow.

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seed (countable and uncountable, plural seeds)

 
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Sunflower seeds (1).
  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: [] 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.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation,  [] . In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
    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, figuratively) A precursor.
    Synonym: 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
  10. Race; generation; birth.
    • a. 1687, Edmund Waller, To Zelinda
      Of mortal seed they were not held.
  11. A small bubble formed in imperfectly fused glass.
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The common use of seed differs from the botanical use. The “seeds” of sunflowers are botanically fruits.

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seed (third-person singular simple present seeds, present participle seeding, simple 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 March 25 (first performance; Gregorian calendar), Benjamin Jonson [i.e., Ben Jonson], “Part of the Kings Entertainment in Passing to His Coronation [The Coronation Triumph]”, in The Workes of Ben Jonson (First Folio), London: [] Will[iam] Stansby, published 1616, OCLC 960101342, page 846:
      AGRYPNIA, or Vigilance, in yellow, a ſable mantle ſeeded with waking eyes, and ſiluer fringe: []
  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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Etymology 2Edit

see +‎ -d (past tense suffix; variant of -ed).

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seed

  1. (dialectal) simple past tense and past participle of see

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Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English sǣd, sēd, from Proto-West Germanic *sād, *sādi, from Proto-Germanic *sēdiz, *sēdą, from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- (compare sowen).

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seed (plural sedes)

  1. seed (ovule or analogous structure):
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Matheu 13:31-32, page 6v, column 1; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      An oþer parable iheſus puttide foꝛþ to hem. / ⁊ ſeide / þe kyngdom of heuenes is lijk to a coꝛn of ſeneuey · which a man took ⁊ ſewe in his feeld · / which is þe leeſt of alle ſeedis / but whanne it haþ woxen .· it is the mooſt of alle woꝛtis · ⁊ is maad a tre / ſo þe bꝛiddis of þe eir comen ⁊ dwellen in þe bowis þerof.
      Jesus put another parable forwards to them, saying: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in their field; / it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown, it is the largest of all plants; it becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."
    1. A kind or variety of seed.
    2. (collectively) seed, grain
  2. (figuratively) germ, origin
  3. semen, sperm (or the supposed female equivalent)
  4. offspring, progeny
  5. descendants, lineage
  6. (rare) bit, granule
  7. (rare) seeding, sowing
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  • English: seed
  • Scots: seed, seid, sid
  • Yola: zeade
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

seed

  1. Alternative form of seden (to seed)