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Webster 1913 Edition


Germ

Germ

(jẽrm)
,
Noun.
[F.
germe
, fr. L.
germen
,
germinis
, sprout, but, germ. Cf.
Germen
,
Germane
.]
1.
(Biol.)
That which is to develop a new individual;
as, the
germ
of a fetus, of a plant or flower, and the like
; the earliest form under which an organism appears.
In the entire process in which a new being originates . . . two distinct classes of action participate; namely, the act of generation by which the
germ
is produced; and the act of development, by which that
germ
is evolved into the complete organism.
Carpenter.
2.
That from which anything springs; origin; first principle;
as, the
germ
of civil liberty
.
Disease germ
(Biol.)
,
a name applied to certain tiny bacterial organisms or their spores, such as
Anthrax bacillus
and the
Micrococcus
of fowl cholera, which have been demonstrated to be the cause of certain diseases; same as germ{4}. See
Germ theory
(below).
Germ cell
(Biol.)
,
the germ, egg, spore, or cell from which the plant or animal arises. At one time a part of the body of the parent, it finally becomes detached, and by a process of multiplication and growth gives rise to a mass of cells, which ultimately form a new individual like the parent. See
Ovum
.
Germ gland
.
(Anat.)
See
Gonad
.
Germ stock
(Zool.)
,
a special process on which buds are developed in certain animals. See
Doliolum
.
Germ theory
(Biol.)
,
the theory that living organisms can be produced only by the evolution or development of living germs or seeds. See
Biogenesis
, and
Abiogenesis
. As applied to the origin of disease, the theory claims that the zymotic diseases are due to the rapid development and multiplication of various bacteria, the germs or spores of which are either contained in the organism itself, or transferred through the air or water. See
Fermentation theory
.

Germ

,
Verb.
I.
To germinate.
[R.]
J. Morley.

Webster 1828 Edition


Germ

GERM

,
Noun.
[L. germen.] In botany, the ovary or seed-bud of a plant, the rudiment of fruit yet in embryo. It is the base or lower part of the pistil, which, in the progress of vegetation, swells and becomes the seed-vessel.
1.
Origin; first principle; that from which any thing springs; as the germ of civil liberty, or of prosperity.

Definition 2022


Germ

Germ

See also: germ, germ., and Germ.

English

Noun

Germ (plural Germs)

  1. (Britain, derogatory) a German person.

germ

germ

See also: Germ, germ., and Germ.

English

Noun

germ (plural germs)

  1. (biology) The small mass of cells from which a new organism develops; a seed, bud or spore.
  2. A pathogenic microorganism.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Stolen Bacillus
      'This again,' said the Bacteriologist, slipping a glass slide under the microscope, 'is a preparation of the celebrated Bacillus of cholera - the cholera germ.'
  3. The embryo of a seed, especially of a seed used as a cereal or grain. See Wikipedia article on cereal germ.
  4. (figuratively) The origin of an idea or project.
    the germ of civil liberty

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

germ (third-person singular simple present germs, present participle germing, simple past and past participle germed)

  1. To germinate.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      O for a withering curse to blast the germing of their wicked machinations.
    • Thomas Hardy
      Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
  2. (slang) To grow, as if parasitic.
    • "I’m addicted, want to germ inside your love" - Just Can't Get Enough by the Black Eyed Peas

See also

External links

  • germ in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • germ in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Kurdish

Etymology

Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰer-. Cognate with English warm.

Adjective

germ (comparative germtir, superlative germtirîn)

  1. warm

Derived terms

  • germahî