seed

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to add crystals to a supersaturated solution to encourage crystallisation

Agriculture

  • noun a fertilised ovule that forms a new plant on germination
  • verb to produce offspring by dropping seed which germinates and grows into plants in following seasons
  • verb to sow seeds in an area
  • verb to drop crystals of salt, carbon dioxide and other substances onto clouds from an aeroplane in order to encourage rain to fall

Cars & Driving

  • noun a paint fault characterized by a uniform distribution of small particles of regular size and pattern in a paint film; caused by contamination of the paint and poor filtration of the air lines

Computing

  • noun the starting value used when generating random or pseudorandom numbers

Food

  • The structure containing an embryo, stored food and a seed coat derived from the fertilized ovule of a flowering plant or tree from which a new plant will arise if it germinates successfully. Variously known as grains, cereals, pips, nuts, stones, kernels, etc.

Marketing

  • noun details of the address of the person who owns a list, put into a rented mailing list to check if it is being used correctly
  • verb to put the names and addresses of the mailers into a rented mailing list to check that it is being used correctly

Sports

  • verb to rank a player according to the perceived likelihood of his or her winning a specific tournament

Politics

  • acronym forScottish Executive Education Department
    (written as SEED)
  • noun a department of the Scottish Executive, responsible for education at school level, social services, culture, sport, and tourism.

Origin & History of “seed”

Seed is a general Germanic word, related to German saat, Dutch zaad, Swedish söd, and Danish sæd. their common ancestor was Germanic *sǣthiz. this was formed from the base *-, which produced English sow and went back ultimately to Indo-European *-, source of English disseminate (17th c.), season, semen (18th c.), and seminar (19th c.).
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