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Seed \Seed\ (s[=e]d), n.; pl. Seed or Seeds. [OE. seed, sed, AS. s[=ae]d, fr. s[=a]wan to sow; akin to D. zaad seed, G. saat, Icel. s[=a][eth], s[ae][eth]i, Goth. manas[=e][thorn]s seed of men, world. See Sow to scatter seed, and cf. Colza.]

  1. (Bot.)

    1. A ripened ovule, consisting of an embryo with one or more integuments, or coverings; as, an apple seed; a currant seed. By germination it produces a new plant.

    2. Any small seedlike fruit, though it may consist of a pericarp, or even a calyx, as well as the seed proper; as, parsnip seed; thistle seed.

      And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself.
      --Gen. i. 11.

      Note: 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.

  2. (Physiol.) The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; -- not used in the plural.

  3. That from which anything springs; first principle; original; source; as, the seeds of virtue or vice.

  4. The principle of production.

    Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed, Which may the like in coming ages breed.

  5. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as, the seed of Abraham; the seed of David.

    Note: 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.

  6. Race; generation; birth.

    Of mortal seed they were not held.

    Seed bag (Artesian well), a packing to prevent percolation of water down the bore hole. It consists of a bag encircling the tubing and filled with flax seed, which swells when wet and fills the space between the tubing and the sides of the hole.

    Seed bud (Bot.), the germ or rudiment of the plant in the embryo state; the ovule.

    Seed coat (Bot.), the covering of a seed.

    Seed corn, or Seed grain (Bot.), corn or grain for seed.

    To eat the seed corn, To eat the corn which should be saved for seed, so as to forestall starvation; -- a desparate measure, since it only postpones disaster. Hence: any desparate action which creates a disastrous situation in the long-term, done in order to provide temporary relief.

    Seed down (Bot.), the soft hairs on certain seeds, as cotton seed.

    Seed drill. See 6th Drill, 2 (a) .

    Seed eater (Zo["o]l.), any finch of the genera Sporophila, and Crithagra. They feed mainly on seeds.

    Seed gall (Zo["o]l.), any gall which resembles a seed, formed on the leaves of various plants, usually by some species of Phylloxera.

    Seed leaf (Bot.), a cotyledon.

    Seed lobe (Bot.), a cotyledon; a seed leaf.

    Seed oil, oil expressed from the seeds of plants.

    Seed oyster, a young oyster, especially when of a size suitable for transplantation to a new locality.

    Seed pearl, a small pearl of little value.

    Seed plat, or Seed plot, the ground on which seeds are sown, to produce plants for transplanting; a nursery.

    Seed stalk (Bot.), the stalk of an ovule or seed; a funicle.

    Seed tick (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of ticks resembling seeds in form and color.

    Seed vessel (Bot.), that part of a plant which contains the seeds; a pericarp.

    Seed weevil (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous small weevils, especially those of the genus Apion, which live in the seeds of various plants.

    Seed wool, cotton wool not yet cleansed of its seeds.


n. (plural of seed English)

Seeds (cellular automaton)

Seeds is a cellular automaton in the same family as the Game of Life, initially investigated by Brian Silverman and named by Mirek Wójtowicz. It consists of infinite two-dimensional grid of cells, each of which may be in one of two states: on or off. Each cell is considered to have eight neighbors ( Moore neighborhood), as in Life. In each time step, a cell turns on or is "born" if it was off or "dead" but had exactly two neighbors that were on; all other cells turn off. Thus, in the notation describing the family of cellular automata containing Life, it is described by the rule B2/S.

In Game of Life terminology, a pattern in which all cells that were on turn off at each step is called a phoenix. All patterns in Seeds have this form. Even though all live cells are constantly dying, the small birth requirement of two cells means that nearly every pattern in Seeds explodes into a chaotic mess that grows to cover the entire universe. Thus, in Wolfram's classification of cellular automata, it is a Class III automaton, in which nearly all patterns evolve chaotically.

However, some patterns are known that behave in a more controlled fashion, repeating the same shape either in the same position of the grid (an oscillator) or translated some number of grid units after several steps (a spaceship). More complex rake and puffer patterns are known which move like spaceships leaving trails of oscillators or other spaceships behind them. Most of these patterns move at a speed of 1/2 cells per time step (half of the so-called speed of light) including three commonly seen spaceships with four on cells each, but slower-moving patterns are also known. A collection of patterns for the Seeds rule collected by Jason Summers includes patterns found by Stephen Wright, Mirek Wójtowicz, Noam Elkies, Mark Niemiec, Peter Naszvadi, and David Eppstein.

Seeds (Brother Cane album)

Seeds is the second album by hard rock band Brother Cane, released July 4, 1995 on Virgin Records. It features one of the group's most popular singles, "And Fools Shine On", which charted at #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and ranked #5 on the year-end Top Hot Album Rock Tracks list. That same year, "Fools Shine On" was featured on the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers soundtrack. In addition, "Hung On a Rope", "20/20 Faith", and "Horses & Needles" were also featured in the film.


SEEDS (The Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a voluntary organisation registered under the Societies Act of India.

SEEDS was formed in 1994 as an informal group of students and pedagogues of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, whose common interests brought them together and made them carry human habitat environment related exercises beyond set academic targets.

The SEEDS team comprises a group of young professionals drawn from development related fields. In addition, there is a panel of senior associates and young volunteers facilitating the various programmes.

Since its inception, SEEDS has been working on the path to the ideal habitat for communities – a habitat that is sustainable and safe.

Seeds (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)

"Seeds" is a seventh season episode of the television seriesLaw & Order: Criminal Intent. This is the first Logan episode to appear on the USA Network.

Seeds (Hey Rosetta! album)

Seeds is the third studio album by Canadian indie rock band Hey Rosetta!. It was released on February 15, 2011 through Sonic Records and was produced by Tony Doogan.

Lead singer Tim Baker stated in an interview that the album name, as well as the title track, is about "...the idea is that we are seeds, traveling from town to town, blowing around, settling down here and there, trying to make something for people", and that "the songs are seeds ... they’re these little things –- four and five minute things — but they have the ability to grow in your brain and be far more meaningful than just what they are."

Seeds (TV on the Radio album)

Seeds is the fifth studio album by American art rock band TV on the Radio, released on November 18, 2014 through Harvest Records. It is the band's first album since the 2011 death of their bassist, Gerard Smith.

The album's first single, "Happy Idiot", was released on September 2, 2014.

Seeds (Georgia Anne Muldrow album)

Seeds is a studio album by American singer Georgia Anne Muldrow. It was released via SomeOthaShip Connect on March 27, 2012. The album is entirely produced by Madlib.

The single of the same name was released on February 14, 2012.

Seeds (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

"Seeds" is the twelfth episode of the first season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), revolving around the character of Phil Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they investigate attempted murder at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Science Academy. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The episode was written by Monica Owusu-Breen and Jed Whedon, and directed by Kenneth Fink.

Clark Gregg reprises his role as Coulson from the film series, and is joined by series regulars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge.

"Seeds" originally aired on ABC on January 14, 2014, and according to Nielsen Media Research, was watched by 6.37 million viewers.

Seeds (Sahib Shihab album)

Seeds is an album by American jazz saxophonist/flautist Sahib Shihab recorded in 1968 which was released on the German Vogue Schallplatten label.

Usage examples of "seeds".

Experimental studies in which botanists have collected seeds from such natural stands of wild cereals, much as hunter-gatherers must have been doing over 10,000 years ago, show that annual harvests of up to nearly a ton of seeds per hectare can be obtained, yielding 50 kilocalories of food energy for only one kilocalorie of work expended.

By collecting huge quantities of wild cereals in a short time when the seeds were ripe, and storing them for use as food through the rest of the year, some hunting-gathering peoples of the Fertile Crescent had already settled down in permanent villages even before they began to cultivate plants.

It has consisted in always cultivating the best-known variety, sowing its seeds, and, when a slightly better variety chanced to appear, selecting it, and so onwards.

While size and tastiness are the most obvious criteria by which human hunter-gatherers select wild plants, other criteria include fleshy or seedless fruits, oily seeds, and long fibers.

Teosinte's value as food would not have impressed hunter-gatherers: it was less productive in the wild than wild wheat, it produced much less seed than did the corn eventually developed from it, and it enclosed its seeds in inedible hard coverings.

As a result, hunter-gatherers could move up a mountainside harvesting grain seeds as they matured, instead of being overwhelmed by a concentrated harvest season at a single altitude, where all grains matured simultaneously.

Others, such as pulses and members of the mustard family, have toxic seeds, but the toxins are easily removed, leaving the seeds edible.

One is that radiocarbon dating until the 1980s required relatively large amounts of carbon (a few grams), much more than the amount in small seeds or bones.

Poppy seeds are absent from excavated sites of the earliest farming communities in eastern Europe and Southwest Asia.

To achieve that goal, they plant many different seeds or roots, select the best progeny and plant their seeds, apply knowledge of genetics to develop good varieties that breed true, and perhaps even use the latest techniques of genetic engineering to transfer specific useful genes.

It may come as a surprise to learn that plant seeds can resist digestion by your gut and nonetheless germinate out of your feces.

The seeds of many wild plant species actually must pass through an animal's gut before they can germinate.

When strawberry seeds are still young and not yet ready to be planted, the surrounding fruit is green, sour, and hard.

When the seeds finally mature, the berries turn red, sweet, and tender.

Naturally, strawberry plants didn't set out with a conscious intent of attracting birds when, and only when, their seeds were ready to be dispersed.