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Seed appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Dee saw a seed.
  • Sex attendees seed net taxes.
  • Seed net tasting is edified art I trade if I design its attendees.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun seed:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb seed:


The word seed is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun seed

What does seed mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: seeds

  1. a small hard fruit
  2. a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic word: ovule = a small body that contains the female germ cell of a plant
    • parts:
  3. one of the outstanding players in a tournament
  4. anything that provides inspiration for later work
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of seed: germ / source
    • more generic word: inspiration = arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    • more specific words:
      • taproot = something that provides an important central source for growth or development
      • muse = the source of an artist's inspiration
  5. the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract

Alternative definition of the noun seed


  1. [countable] A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
  2. [context: countable, botany] A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  3. [uncountable] An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
  4. [uncountable] Semen.
  5. [countable] A precursor.
  6. [countable] The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
  7. The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position)
  8. The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
  9. Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number)
  10. Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message)
  11. [context: now rare] Offspring, descendants, progeny.

Specialised definition of the noun seed

Glossary of sports

a competitor who is graded according to the perceived likelihood of his or her whining a specific tournament (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / tennis

before a tournament, certain players are ranked, based on their ability and recent performances. The process is called seeding, the rankings are called seeds, and the top-ranked player is called the top seed. Matches are then arranged so that the top-seeded players will not meet until the later rounds of the tournament

Definition of the adjective seed

What does seed mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: seeder |

  1. Held in reserve for future growth.
  2. First. The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.
  3. A precursor, especially in a process without a defined initial state.

Definition of the verb seed

What does seed mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: seed

  1. go to seed; shed seeds
    • example: The dandelions went to seed
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: disgorge / shed / spill = cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
    • more specific word: reseed = seed again or anew
  2. help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: finance = obtain or provide money for
  3. bear seeds
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: bear / turn out = bring forth
  4. place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
  5. distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
  6. sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain
    • example: seed clouds
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: process / treat = subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  7. inoculate with microorganisms
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: inoculate = introduce a microorganism into
  8. remove the seeds from

Specialised definition of the verb seed

Glossary of sports

to rank a player according to the perceived likelihood of his or her winning a specific tournament (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Seed: A seed is an embryonic plant enclosed in a protective outer covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food. It is a characteristic of spermatophytes and the product of the ripened ovule which occurs after fertilization and some growth within the mother plant. The formation of the seed completes the process of reproduction in seed plants, with the embryo developed from the zygote and the seed coat from the integuments of the ovule.

  • also known as seeds

There are other foods with Seed in their name, like Flax seed, Lotus seed, Poppy seed, Sesame seed, Mustard seed, Pumpkin seed, Apple seed oil, Coriander seed, Grape seed oil, Lotus seed bun, Sunflower seed, Poppy seed roll, Black Onion Seed, Lotus seed paste, Sesame seed cake, Sesame seed candy and Grape seed extract.


  1. "Seed" is a 2007 Canadian horror film written, produced, and directed by Uwe Boll. Filming ran from July 17 to August 11, 2006 in British Columbia, Canada, on a $10 million budget.
  2. Seed is a 2014 Canadian Screen Award nominated Tv Program.
    • begun on and completed on
    • 26 episodes of 22 minutes each, in 2 seasons
    • country: Canada
    • created by Joseph Raso
    • regular cast:
    • genres: Comedy, Drama
    • award:
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series (Ill Conceived) nomination for James Genn
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series (Birth of a Salesman) nomination for Kimberlee McTaggart
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series (Zygote Problems) nomination for Benjamin Duffield
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series (The Rhythmic Gymnastics Method" / "Birth of a Salesman) nomination for Laura DeCarteret
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series (Ill Conceived) nomination for Joseph Raso
      • Bell Media Award for Best Comedy Program or Series nomination for Gillian Lowrey, Joseph Raso, John Ritchie, Karen Wentzell, Mark Farrell, Paula J. Smith, Rob Bromley
      • Canadian Screen Award for Best Photography in a Comedy Program or Series (lll Conceived) nomination for David A. Makin
      • Canadian Screen Awards - Bell Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role (Zygote Problems) nomination for Carrie-Lynn Neales
  3. "Seed" was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Runestone Game Development. Aiming for a radically different experience than most other games in the genre, the game focused on character interaction and politics to the extent that combat was entirely removed from the design.
    • mode: Multiplayer video game
    • developer: Runestone Game Development
    • genres: Massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Science Fiction, Massively multiplayer online game, Role-playing video game
    • publisher: Runestone Game Development
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Seed" is a 1931 American drama film directed by John M. Stahl. The screenplay by Gladys Lehman is based on a novel by Charles G. Norris.
  5. "SeeD" is a 2013 animation, comedy drama, family, short film written by Yu-Hsuan Tseng and directed by Chien-Chun Tseng, Yu-Hsuan Tseng and Hui-Ching Tseng.
  6. "Seed" is a film, directed by Bobby Sheehan.
  7. "Seed" is a 2009 short animation film written by Daniel Bird and directed by Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird.
  8. "Seed" is a short film, directed by David Godin.
  9. "Seed" is a short film, directed by Emel Tozlu.
    • country: Turkey
    • released in (4 years ago)


  1. "Seed" is the fourth album by Afro Celt Sound System, released on March 25, 2003 by Real World Records.
  2. "SEED" is Mami Kawada's debut album which was released on March 29, 2006. This album is under Geneon and was produced by I've Sound. This album also includes her first two singles "Radiance / Chi ni Kaeru: On the Earth", and "Hishoku no Sora" and the collaboration single "Face of Fact" with KOTOKO. It peaked at the #12 spot in the Oricon charts and charted for 5 weeks.
    • genre: J-pop
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Seed" is a 1995 album from UK singer-songwriter Nick Harper.
    • genre: Folk rock
    • released in (20 years ago)
  4. "Seed" is a musical EP of JBK.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  5. "Seed" is a musical album of Fish Tone.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  6. "Seed" is a musical album of James Johnson & Ma Ja Le.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  7. "Seed" is a musical album of SENKAWOS.
  8. "Seed" is a musical album of Finish Me Off.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  9. "SEED" is a musical album of Michihiro Kuroda.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  10. "seed" is a musical single of 西司.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  11. "Seed" is a musical album of Tananas.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  12. "Seed" is a musical album of Boxelder.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  13. "Seed" is a musical EP of Naked Soul.
    • released on (22 years ago)
  14. "Seed" is a musical EP of Another Electronic Musician.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  15. "Seed" is a musical album of Falsewander.
    • released on
  16. "Seed" is a musical album of Life Garden.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  17. "Seed" is a musical album of Lukie D.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  18. "Seed" is a musical album of Sophistree.
  19. "Seed" is a musical album of Iquinn.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  20. "Seed" is a musical album of Colossick.
  21. "Seed" is a musical album of Moss of Moonlight.
  22. "Seed" is a composition.
  23. "Seed" is a musical EP of Agents of Good Roots.
    • released in (15 years ago)


  1. Seed a.k.a. Cedric Yarbrough is an American comedian and actor.
  2. Seed a.k.a. Paul Schütze is an Australian artist resident in London. Over thirty years his work has spanned composition, performance, installation, video, printmaking and photography.

There are other people with in their name, like Jah Seed, Kev Seed, John Seed, Jason Seed, Jimmy Seed, Gordon Seed, Graham Seed, Michael Seed, The Bad Seed, Harry Bolton Seed and many others.


  1. Seed a.k.a. Seeed is a German band from Berlin. Founded in 1998, they have become well known in Germany and its neighboring countries.
  2. Seed is a musical group.
    • album: "Ling"
  3. SEED is a musical group.
  4. Seed is a Memphis Hard Rock Band.
    • album: "Stand Up"

There are other groups with in their name, like Bad Seed, God Seed, Seed A.I, Atom Seed, Beme Seed, Seed A.I., Freak Seed, Seed Is..., Dahlia Seed, Seed & Root, Seed'n'Feed, Azrael's Seed, Meathook Seed, Oil Seed Rape, Self Is a Seed, Three Star Seed, Poppy Seed Grinder, Love Seed Mama Jump and Jason Seed Elixir Ensemble.


  1. Seed: A seed is a competitor or team in a sports or other tournament who is given a preliminary ranking for the purposes of the draw. Players/teams are "planted" into the bracket in a manner that is typically intended so that the best do not meet until later in the competition. The term was first used in tennis, and is based on the idea of laying out a tournament ladder by arranging slips of paper with the names of players on them the way seeds or seedlings are arranged in a garden: smaller plants up front, larger ones behind.
  2. Seed is an online science magazine published by Seed Media Group. The magazine looks at big ideas in science, important issues at the intersection of science and society, and the people driving global science culture. Seed was founded in Montreal by Adam Bly and the magazine is now headquartered in New York with bureaus around the world. May/June 2009 was the last print issue. Content continues to be published on the website.
    • also known as Seed Magazine, Seed Visualization, Seed Media Group, Beneath the Surface, Science is Culture
    • official website:
  3. SEED is a block cipher developed by the Korea Information Security Agency. It is used broadly throughout South Korean industry, but seldom found elsewhere. It gained popularity in Korea because 40-bit encryption was not considered strong enough, so the Korea Information Security Agency developed its own standard. However, this decision has historically limited the competition of web browsers in Korea, as no major SSL libraries or web browsers supported the SEED algorithm, requiring users to use an ActiveX control in Internet Explorer for secure web sites.
  4. Seed is a JavaScript interpreter and a library of the GNOME project to create standalone applications in JavaScript. It uses the JavaScript engine JavaScriptCore of the WebKit project. It is possible to easily create modules in C.
  5. Seed is an investment round.
  6. Seed: A Seed is a sculpture or object that contains digital data that is sold for the purpose of keeping the information out of the hands of pirates for as long as possible, in addition to associating the transitory digital information with the perceived permanence of the medium of sculpture. Additionally, the data sold in sculpture form is kept free from amendment, deletion, or corruption. This allows for the curation of virtual data in the same way that books, albums, or DVDs are collected. Additionally, a seed is one solution to the problem of how you "gift" a virtual product.
  7. Seed is a student newspaper published at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. The magazine, established in 1990 as NoName, is produced by the Victoria University Student Union.

Phrases with Seed

Phrases starting with the word Seed:

  1. seed lac
  2. Seed pit
  3. Seed Bugs
  4. seed cake
  5. seed coat
  6. seed corn
  7. seed fern
  8. Seed Fill
  9. seed leaf
  10. Seed Tick

Phrases ending with the word Seed:

  1. to seed
  2. Bad Seed
  3. one-seed
  4. dill seed
  5. drop-seed
  6. fern seed
  7. neem seed
  8. anise seed
  9. Apple Seed
  10. Crack seed

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Seed

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Google previewAristotle: On the Parts of Animals (2002)

by Aristotle

Therefore the seed is an origin and is productive of what comes from it.

Google previewOn the Parts of Animals (2001)

by Aristotle, James G. Lennox

Therefore the seed is an origin and is productive of what comes from it.

Google previewIntroduction to Plant Diseases: Identification and Management (1992)

by George B. Lucas, C.L. Campbell, L.T. Lucas

Certified seed is the final product of a four-generation scheme that has been devised to maintain the pedigree of superior crop varieties (Fig. 6.6). In the first step, breeder seed, which represents the true pedigree of the variety, is produced ...

Google previewThe Gospel According to St. Luke (2014)

With Notes Critical and Practical by M. F. Sadler

THE SEED IS THE WORD or GOD. 203 11 'Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; ngfivfiilifsand now the Lord spoke after a different manner—that is to say, by parables.

Google previewVegetable Growing in Hills (1997)

by Prem Singh Arya

Good quality seed is the basic input for success in vegetable production programme.

A seed is a ripened ovule and consists normally of three main parts: (1) The embryo, a little plant that has developed from fertilization.

Google previewThe Aromatherapy Encyclopedia (2009)

A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils: Easyread Comfort Edition by Carol Schiller

Cucumber Seed Bacuri (Bukuri) Baobab Beechnut Tomato Seed Peach Kernel Pistachio Nut Macadamia Nut Carnauba...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2013)

by Robert S. Igoe

The ground seed is used for spices. Mustard Flour The ground seed of the mustard plant from which some of the oil and most of the hulls have been removed. It is used in salad dressings and sauces, and as a condiment. Mustard Oil See Allyl ...

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Quotes about Seed

A widow is the pod shed seed.
A widower is the seed spilled pod.
Seed can remain; pod disintegrates.
A widower is the most unfortunate.
07.03.2002, Pakd (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of S1E1E1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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