1a flowering plant’s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant.
a quantity of these:grass seedyou can grow artichokes from seed
the cause or latent beginning of a feeling, process, or condition:the conversation sowed a tiny seed of doubt in his mind
archaic (chiefly in biblical use) a person’s offspring or descendants.
a man’s semen.
(also seed crystal) a small crystal introduced into a liquid to act as a nucleus for crystallization.
a small container for radioactive material placed in body tissue during radiotherapy.
2any of a number of stronger competitors in a sports tournament who have been assigned a specified position in an ordered list with the aim of ensuring that they do not play each other in the early rounds:he knocked the top seed out of the championships
1 [with object] sow (land) with seeds:the shoreline is seeded with a special grass
sow (a particular kind of seed) on or in the ground.
cause (something) to begin to develop or grow:severance payouts that help seed their new businesses
place a crystal or crystalline substance in (something) in order to cause crystallization or condensation (especially in a cloud to produce rain).
2 [no object] (of a plant) produce or drop seeds:mulches encourage many plants to seed freely
(seed itself) (of a plant) reproduce itself by means of its own seeds:feverfew will seed itself readily
3 [with object] remove the seeds from (vegetables or fruit):stem and seed the chilies
4 [with object] give (a competitor) the status of seed in a tournament: [with complement]:Jeff Tarango, seeded five, was defeated by fellow American Todd Witsken
go (or run) to seed
(of a plant) cease flowering as the seeds develop.
deteriorate in condition, strength, or efficiency:Mark knows he has allowed himself to go to seed
Old Englishsǣd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zaad, German Saat, also to the verb sow1