seed (countable and uncountable; plural seeds)
- (countable) A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
If you plant a seed in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn.
- (countable, botany) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
- (uncountable) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed.
- (uncountable) Semen.
Sometimes a man may feel encouraged to spread his seed before he settles down to raise a family.
- (countable) A precursor.
The seed of an idea. Which idea was the seed (idea)?
- (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precusor in a defined chain of precusors.
- The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position)
The team with the best regular season record receives the top seed in the conference tournament.
- The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
The rookie was a surprising top seed.
- Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number)
If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
- Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message)
The latest seed has attracted a lot of users in our online community.