Webster 1913 Edition
A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings;
as, an appleBy germination it produces a new plant.
seed; a currant
Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper;
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding
seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose
seedis in itself.
Gen. i. 11.
☞ The seed proper has an outer and an inner coat, and within these the kernel or nucleus. The kernel is either the embryo alone, or the embryo inclosed in the albumen, which is the material for the nourishment of the developing embryo. The scar on a seed, left where the stem parted from it, is called the hilum, and the closed orifice of the ovule, the micropyle.
The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; – not used in the plural.
That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source;
seedsof virtue or vice
The principle of production.
Praise of great acts he scatters as a
Which may the like in coming ages breed.
Progeny; offspring; children; descendants;
seedof Abraham; the
☞ In this sense the word is applied to one person, or to any number collectively, and admits of the plural form, though rarely used in the plural.
Race; generation; birth.
seedthey were not held.
To sow seed.
To shed the seed.
To grow to maturity, and to produce seed.
Many interests have grown up, and
seeded, and twisted their roots in the crevices of many wrongs.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow;
To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
A sable mantle
seededwith waking eyes.
To seed down,
to sow with grass seed.
Webster 1828 Edition
1. The substance, animal or vegetable, which nature prepares for the reproduction and conservation of the species. The seeds of plants are a deciduous part, containing the rudiments of a new vegetable. In some cases, the seeds costitute the fruit or valuable part of plants, as in the case of wheat and other esculent grain; sometimes the seeds are inclosed in fruit, as in apples and melons. When applied to animal matter, it has no plural.
2. That from which any thing springs; first principle; original; as the seeds of virtue or vice.
3. Principle of production.
Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed. Waller.
4. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as the seed of Abraham; the seed of David. In this sense, the word is applied to one person, or to any number collectively, and admits of the plural form; but rarely used in the plural.
5. Race; generation; birth.
Of mortal seed they were not held. Waller.
1. To grow to maturity, so as to produce seed. Maiz will not seed in a cool climate.
2. To shed the seed.