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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
weed the garden (=remove unwanted wild plants)
▪ She was outside weeding the garden.
▪ First dig out all the perennial weeds.
▪ They may take a week or so to work, but can kill most deep-rooted perennial weeds without being persistent.
▪ You are also turning up the relics of perennial weeds that can be difficult to eliminate later.
▪ New ground should be cleared of perennial weed, removing deep roots of docks, thistles and bindweed.
▪ On weed control for all the plots, the Novartis team had the edge.
▪ Autumn residuals proved critical for good weed control.
▪ It also proved that mistakes with weed control were expensive to rectify later.
▪ Soil: The favourite growing medium for waterlilies is heavy garden soil that has not been in contact with insecticides or weed killers.
▪ Napalm poured into the villages while weed killers defoliated the countryside.
▪ Use weed killers very selectively, for spot rather than general treatment.
▪ For maximum effectiveness, weed killers and fertilizers should be applied now, says Glenn Hester, a Hidalgo County cotton farmer.
▪ In a typical year, Valley cotton farmers would be in the fields now, applying weed killer and preparing the land.
▪ And so it remained, an eyesore and a danger, although Beth herself regularly cleared the weeds from the path.
▪ New ground should be cleared of perennial weed, removing deep roots of docks, thistles and bindweed.
▪ You don't have to bother with all this stuff, you just leave it, to grow weeds.
▪ However, although there was no damage to the crop, the herbicide was almost totally ineffective in killing the weeds.
▪ They may take a week or so to work, but can kill most deep-rooted perennial weeds without being persistent.
▪ Other uses include removing Artex, lifting vinyl floor tiles, killing weeds and sterilising soil, etc.
▪ Among other tips, they suggest a chemical- free way to kill weeds is to use old carpet.
▪ And no herbicides to kill weeds and no pesticides.
▪ The third woman went to pull a weed in her front yard and a rattler bit her hand.
▪ Dorothea bent down and pulled weeds out of the garden.
▪ Everyone called me a weed when I was at school because I was so bad at sports.
▪ A rich soil soon becomes home to rampant weeds which smother less competitive, more attractive plants.
▪ He spent a whole year bumming from friends, crashing in strange places, selling weed with pals to make his bread.
▪ It may even look like a rather pretty weed, but it's still a weed.
▪ Nor is genetic engineering the only way weeds become herbicide-resistant.
▪ Among those prickly areas: the use of technology and the process for weeding books and periodicals from the system.
▪ Deceased family and friends are honored as their graves are cleaned, weeded, refurbished and painted by family and friends.
▪ In particular, men assist more with ploughing as well as with sowing, weeding and harvesting.
▪ Suburban communities swiftly expel sleazy politicians and weed out corrupt practices.
▪ The idea is that recruits from the towns will weed the crops.
▪ The turnover of wild individuals in an established population is a drastic weeding out of animals that are either unfit or unlucky.
▪ The women polish the furniture, scrub the kitchen and weed the flowerbeds while Mrs McCormick is gone.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Weed \Weed\, n. A sudden illness or relapse, often attended with fever, which attacks women in childbed. [Scot.]


Weed \Weed\ (w[=e]d), n. [OE. wede, AS. w[=ae]de, w[=ae]d; akin to OS. w[=a]di, giw[=a]di, OFries, w[=e]de, w[=e]d, OD. wade, OHG. w[=a]t, Icel. v[=a][eth], Zend vadh to clothe.]

  1. A garment; clothing; especially, an upper or outer garment. ``Lowly shepherd's weeds.''
    --Spenser. ``Woman's weeds.''
    --Shak. ``This beggar woman's weed.''

    He on his bed sat, the soft weeds he wore Put off.

  2. An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge; as, he wore a weed on his hat; especially, in the plural, mourning garb, as of a woman; as, a widow's weeds.

    In a mourning weed, with ashes upon her head, and tears abundantly flowing.


Weed \Weed\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Weeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Weeding.] [AS. we['o]dian. See 3d Weed.]

  1. To free from noxious plants; to clear of weeds; as, to weed corn or onions; to weed a garden.

  2. To take away, as noxious plants; to remove, as something hurtful; to extirpate; -- commonly used with out; as, to weed out inefficiency from an enterprise. ``Weed up thyme.''

    Wise fathers . . . weeding from their children ill things.

    Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

  3. To free from anything hurtful or offensive.

    He weeded the kingdom of such as were devoted to Elaiana.

  4. (Stock Breeding) To reject as unfit for breeding purposes.


Weed \Weed\, n. [OE. weed, weod, AS. we['o]d, wi['o]d, akin to OS. wiod, LG. woden the stalks and leaves of vegetables D. wieden to weed, OS. wiod[=o]n.]

  1. Underbrush; low shrubs. [Obs. or Archaic]

    One rushing forth out of the thickest weed.

    A wild and wanton pard . . . Crouched fawning in the weed.

  2. Any plant growing in cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or desired vegetation, or to the disfigurement of the place; an unsightly, useless, or injurious plant.

    Too much manuring filled that field with weeds.

    Note: The word has no definite application to any particular plant, or species of plants. Whatever plants grow among corn or grass, in hedges, or elsewhere, and are useless to man, injurious to crops, or unsightly or out of place, are denominated weeds.

  3. Fig.: Something unprofitable or troublesome; anything useless.

  4. (Stock Breeding) An animal unfit to breed from.

  5. Tobacco, or a cigar. [Slang]

    Weed hook, a hook used for cutting away or extirpating weeds.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"plant not valued for use or beauty," Old English weod, uueod "grass, herb, weed," from Proto-Germanic *weud- (cognates: Old Saxon wiod, East Frisian wiud), of unknown origin. Also applied to trees that grow abundantly. Meaning "tobacco" is from c.1600; that of "marijuana" is from 1920s. The chemical weed-killer is attested by 1885.


"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian "to weed," from the source of weed (n.). Figurative use by c.1400. Related: Weeded; weeding; weeder.


Etymology 1 n. (label en countable) Any plant regarded as unwanted at the place where, and at the time when it is growing. Etymology 2

vb. To remove unwanted vegetation from a cultivated are

  1. Etymology 3

    n. 1 (context archaic English) A garment or piece of clothing. 2 (context archaic English) Clothing collectively; clothes, dress. 3 (context archaic English) An article of dress worn in token of grief; a mourning garment or badge. 4 (context archaic English) '''widow's weeds''': female mourning apparel Etymology 4


  2. (en-past of: wee)


v. clear of weeds; "weed the garden"

  1. n. any plant that crowds out cultivated plants [ant: cultivated plant]

  2. street names for marijuana [syn: pot, grass, green goddess, dope, gage, sess, sens, smoke, skunk, locoweed, Mary Jane]

Weed, CA -- U.S. city in California
Population (2000): 2978
Housing Units (2000): 1293
Land area (2000): 4.854940 sq. miles (12.574237 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.854940 sq. miles (12.574237 sq. km)
FIPS code: 83850
Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06
Location: 41.424298 N, 122.384417 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Weed, CA
Weed (disambiguation)

A weed is an unwanted plant of any species.

Weed or weeds may also refer to: marijuana


WEED "1390 Jammin' Gospel" is an AM radio station broadcasting a gospel music format. Licensed to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA, it serves the Rocky Mount/ Wilson area. The station is currently owned by Northstar Broadcasting Corporation.


A weed is a plant considered undesirable in a particular situation, "a plant in the wrong place". Examples commonly are plants unwanted in human-controlled settings, such as farm fields, gardens, lawns, and parks. Taxonomically, the term "weed" has no botanical significance, because a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing in a situation where it is in fact wanted, and where one species of plant is a valuable crop plant, another species in the same genus might be a serious weed, such as a wild bramble growing among cultivated loganberries. Many plants that people widely regard as weeds also are intentionally grown in gardens and other cultivated settings. The term also is applied to any plant that grows or reproduces aggressively, or is invasive outside its native habitat. More broadly "weed" occasionally is applied pejoratively to species outside the plant kingdom, species that can survive in diverse environments and reproduce quickly; in this sense it has even been applied to humans.

Weed (surname)

Weed is a surname. It may refer to:

Weed (album)

Weed is the tenth album by singer-songwriter and guitarist, Chris Whitley. It is his eighth studio album.

The album is Whitley's acoustic re-recording of a selection of songs he wrote from 1986-1996 for his three recordings on Columbia / Work Records: Living with the Law (1991), Din of Ecstasy (1995), and Terra Incognita (1997).

It was produced and recorded by Chris Whitley live to a two-track MD in Susann Bürger's bathroom / Sebnitzer Straße and Space House / Katharinenstraße in Dresden, Germany.

Usage examples of "weed".

Then at last scraps of weed appeared to him, and then pieces of wood, abob in the water.

The moss-green slope is clouded blue with ageratum and wreathed with small white roses, golden-eyed--common weeds of a glorious land.

The yard was filled with weeds and trash, along with a riot of sumac and ailanthus bushes and a pair of dead oaks.

Beyond the fence, the lawn was overgrown with weeds and ancient ailanthus bushes.

Jamie had planned on visits only to the two Cherokee villages closest to the Treaty Line, there to announce his new position, distribute modest gifts of whisky and tobaccothis last hastily borrowed from Tom Christie, who had fortunately purchased a hogshead of the weed on a seed-buying trip to Cross Creekand inform the Cherokee that further largesse might be expected when he undertook ambassage to the more distant villages in the autumn.

LSD laboratories, anyplace inside a hundred-mile radius that Weed and Frenesi tried to slip away for a quiet minute, there at some nearby table would be the silent, staring Dr.

United States surveyors weary of attempting to take observations among quagmires, moccasins, and arborescent weeds from fifteen to twenty feet high.

Felix Rey, young interne of the hospital of Arles, was a short, thickset man with an octagonal head and a weed of black hair shooting up from the top of the octagon.

Instead they were busy surrounding with a classically retrograde cult of personality a certain mathematics professor, neither charismatic nor even personable, named Weed Atman, who had ambled into celebrity.

So did he envision himself counseling and educating Weed Atman, a dialogue in which together they might explore American realities in the light of this low-hanging Eastern lamp but Weed, much to his dismay, turned out to be all but silent.

AS a resident of the everyday world, Weed Atman may have had his points, but as a Thanatoid he rated consistently low on most scales, including those that measured dedication and community spirit.

He would not after all be lucky enough to sit under that oak on that dreamed hillside someday with a miraculously saved Weed Atman, in some 1980s world of the future.

There might have been about a minute and a half, just after the events at College of the Surf, the death of Weed Atman, and the fall of PR.

Ortho Bob stopped by with Weed Atman, both of them acting chirpy for the first time DL could remember.

It was Baken, not Vetch and Fisk, who weeded out the unsuitable boys from the ones that would take proper care of their dragonets.