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Root vs. Seed

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Rootnoun

The part of a plant, generally underground, that anchors and supports the plant body, absorbs and stores water and nutrients, and in some plants is able to perform vegetative reproduction.

‘This tree's roots can go as deep as twenty metres underground.’;

Seednoun

(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.’;

Rootnoun

A root vegetable.

Seednoun

A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.

Rootnoun

The part of a tooth extending into the bone holding the tooth in place.

‘Root damage is a common problem of overbrushing.’;

Seednoun

(uncountable) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.

‘The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed.’;

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Rootnoun

The part of a hair under the skin that holds the hair in place.

‘The root is the only part of the hair that is alive.’;

Seednoun

(uncountable) Semen.

‘A man must use his seed to start and raise a family.’;

Rootnoun

The part of a hair near the skin that has not been dyed, permed, or otherwise treated.

‘He dyed his hair black last month, so the grey roots can be seen.’;

Seednoun

A precursor.

‘the seed of an idea; which idea was the seed (idea)?’;

Rootnoun

The primary source; origin.

‘The love of money is the root of all evil.’;

Seednoun

(countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.

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Rootnoun

(arithmetic) Of a number or expression, a number which, when raised to a specified power, yields the specified number or expression.

‘The cube root of 27 is 3.’;

Seednoun

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.’;

Rootnoun

(arithmetic) A square root (understood if no power is specified; in which case, “the root of” is often abbreviated to “root”).

‘Multiply by root 2.’;

Seednoun

The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)

‘The rookie was a surprising top seed.’;

Rootnoun

(analysis) A zero (of an equation).

Seednoun

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.’;

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Rootnoun

The single node of a tree that has no parent.

Seednoun

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.’;

Rootnoun

(linguistic morphology) The primary lexical unit of a word, which carries the most significant aspects of semantic content and cannot be reduced into smaller constituents. Inflectional stems often derive from roots.

Seednoun

Offspring, descendants, progeny.

‘the seed of Abraham’;

Rootnoun

(philology) A word from which another word or words are derived.

Seednoun

Race; generation; birth.

Rootnoun

(music) The fundamental tone of any chord; the tone from whose harmonics, or overtones, a chord is composed.

Seednoun

A small bubble formed in imperfectly fused glass.

Rootnoun

The lowest place, position, or part.

Seedverb

(transitive) To plant or sow an area with seeds.

‘I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.’;

Rootnoun

(computing) In UNIX terminology, the first user account with complete access to the operating system and its configuration, found at the root of the directory structure; the person who manages accounts on a UNIX system.

‘I have to log in as root before I do that.’;

Seedverb

(transitive) To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.

Rootnoun

(computing) The highest directory of a directory structure which may contain both files and subdirectories.

‘I installed the files in the root directory.’;

Seedverb

(transitive) To start; to provide, assign or determine the initial resources for, position of, state of.

‘A venture capitalist seeds young companies.’; ‘The tournament coordinator will seed the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.’; ‘The programmer seeded fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.’;

Rootnoun

(slang) A penis, especially the base of a penis.

Seedverb

To allocate a seeding to a competitor.

Rootnoun

An act of sexual intercourse.

‘Fancy a root?’;

Seedverb

To leave (files) available for others to download through peer-to-peer file sharing protocols (e.g. BitTorrent).

Rootnoun

A sexual partner.

Seedverb

(intransitive) To be qualified to compete, especially in a quarter-final, semi-final, or final.

‘The tennis player seeded into the quarters.’;

Rootverb

To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.

Seedverb

(intransitive) To produce seed.

Rootverb

To be firmly fixed; to be established.

Seedverb

(intransitive) To grow to maturity.

Rootverb

To break into a computer system and obtain root access.

‘We rooted his box and planted a virus on it.’;

Seedverb

To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.

Rootverb

(ambitransitive) To turn up or dig with the snout.

‘A pig roots the earth for truffles.’;

Seedverb

(dialectal) see

Rootverb

(by extension) To seek favour or advancement by low arts or grovelling servility; to fawn.

Seednoun

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.

‘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.’;

Rootverb

(intransitive) To rummage; to search as if by digging in soil.

‘rooting about in a junk-filled drawer’;

Seednoun

The generative fluid of the male; semen; sperm; - not used in the plural.

Rootverb

(transitive) To root out; to abolish.

Seednoun

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

Rootverb

To have sexual intercourse.

Seednoun

The principle of production.

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

Rootverb

To grow roots

‘The cuttings are starting to root.’;

Seednoun

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

Rootverb

To prepare, oversee, or otherwise cause the rooting of cuttings

‘We rooted some cuttings last summer.’;

Seednoun

Race; generation; birth.

‘Of mortal seed they were not held.’;

Rootverb

To cheer (on); to show support (for) and hope for the success of. See root for.

‘I'm rooting for you, don't let me down!’;

Seedverb

To sow seed.

Rootverb

To turn up the earth with the snout, as swine.

Seedverb

To shed the seed.

Rootverb

Hence, to seek for favor or advancement by low arts or groveling servility; to fawn servilely.

Seedverb

To grow to maturity, and to produce seed.

‘Many interests have grown up, and seeded, and twisted their roots in the crevices of many wrongs.’;

Rootverb

To turn up or to dig out with the snout; as, the swine roots the earth.

Seedverb

To sprinkle with seed; to plant seeds in; to sow; as, to seed a field.

Rootverb

To fix the root; to enter the earth, as roots; to take root and begin to grow.

‘In deep grounds the weeds root deeper.’;

Seedverb

To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.

‘A sable mantle seeded with waking eyes.’;

Rootverb

To be firmly fixed; to be established.

‘If any irregularity chanced to intervene and to cause misappehensions, he gave them not leave to root and fasten by concealment.’;

Seednoun

a small hard fruit

Rootverb

To shout for, or otherwise noisly applaud or encourage, a contestant, as in sports; hence, to wish earnestly for the success of some one or the happening of some event, with the superstitious notion that this action may have efficacy; - usually with for; as, the crowd rooted for the home team.

Seednoun

a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa

Rootverb

To plant and fix deeply in the earth, or as in the earth; to implant firmly; hence, to make deep or radical; to establish; - used chiefly in the participle; as, rooted trees or forests; rooted dislike.

Seednoun

one of the outstanding players in a tournament

Rootverb

To tear up by the root; to eradicate; to extirpate; - with up, out, or away.

‘The Lord rooted them out of their land . . . and cast them into another land.’;

Seednoun

anything that provides inspiration for later work

Rootnoun

The underground portion of a plant, whether a true root or a tuber, a bulb or rootstock, as in the potato, the onion, or the sweet flag.

Seednoun

the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract

Rootnoun

An edible or esculent root, especially of such plants as produce a single root, as the beet, carrot, etc.; as, the root crop.

Seedverb

go to seed; shed seeds;

‘The dandelions went to seed’;

Rootnoun

That which resembles a root in position or function, esp. as a source of nourishment or support; that from which anything proceeds as if by growth or development; as, the root of a tooth, a nail, a cancer, and the like.

‘They were the roots out of which sprang two distinct people.’;

Seedverb

help (an enterprise) in its early stages of development by providing seed money

Rootnoun

A primitive form of speech; one of the earliest terms employed in language; a word from which other words are formed; a radix, or radical.

‘The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.’;

Seedverb

bear seeds

Rootnoun

The time which to reckon in making calculations.

‘When a root is of a birth yknowe [known].’;

Seedverb

place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth;

‘She sowed sunflower seeds’;

Rootnoun

That factor of a quantity which when multiplied into itself will produce that quantity; thus, 3 is a root of 9, because 3 multiplied into itself produces 9; 3 is the cube root of 27.

Seedverb

distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds

Rootnoun

The lowest place, position, or part.

Seedverb

sprinkle with silver iodide particles to disperse and cause rain;

‘seed clouds’;

Rootnoun

(botany) the usually underground organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes; absorbs water and mineral salts; usually it anchors the plant to the ground

Seedverb

inoculate with microorganisms

Rootnoun

(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed;

‘thematic vowels are part of the stem’;

Seedverb

remove the seeds from;

‘seed grapes’;

Rootnoun

the place where something begins, where it springs into being;

‘the Italian beginning of the Renaissance’; ‘Jupiter was the origin of the radiation’; ‘Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River’; ‘communism's Russian root’;

Seed

A seed is an embryonic plant enclosed in a protective outer covering. The formation of the seed is part of the process of reproduction in seed plants, the spermatophytes, including the gymnosperm and angiosperm plants.

Rootnoun

a number that when multiplied by itself some number of times equals a given number

Rootnoun

the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation

Rootnoun

someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Rootnoun

a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes

Rootnoun

the part of a tooth that is embedded in the jaw and serves as support

Rootverb

take root and begin to grow;

‘this plant roots quickly’;

Rootverb

come into existence, originate;

‘The problem roots in her depression’;

Rootverb

plant by the roots

Rootverb

dig with the snout;

‘the pig was rooting for truffles’;

Rootverb

take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for;

‘We all rooted for the home team’; ‘I'm pulling for the underdog’; ‘Are you siding with the defender of the title?’;

Rootverb

become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style;

‘He finally settled down’;

Rootverb

cause to take roots

Rootnoun

the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres

‘root growth’; ‘cacti have deep and spreading roots’; ‘a tree root’;

Rootnoun

the persistent underground part of a plant, especially when fleshy and enlarged and used as a vegetable, e.g. a turnip or carrot

‘you should never wash roots before storing’;

Rootnoun

any plant grown for its root

‘roots like beet and carrot cannot be transplanted’;

Rootnoun

the embedded part of a bodily organ or structure such as a hair, tooth, or nail

‘her hair was fairer at the roots’;

Rootnoun

the part of a thing attaching it to a greater or more fundamental whole; the end or base

‘a little lever near the root of the barrel’; ‘they disappeared from sight behind the root of the crag’;

Rootnoun

the basic cause, source, or origin of something

‘money is the root of all evil’; ‘jealousy was at the root of it’; ‘the root cause of the problem’;

Rootnoun

family, ethnic, or cultural origins

‘it's always nice to return to my roots’;

Rootnoun

denoting or relating to something from a particular ethnic or cultural origin, especially a non-Western one

‘roots music’;

Rootnoun

(in biblical use) a scion; a descendant

‘the root of David’;

Rootnoun

a morpheme, not necessarily surviving as a word in itself, from which words have been made by the addition of prefixes or suffixes or by other modification

‘many European words stem from this linguistic root’; ‘the root form of the word’;

Rootnoun

the fundamental note of a chord

‘in the sequence the roots of the chords drop by fifths’;

Rootnoun

a number or quantity that when multiplied by itself, typically a specified number of times, gives a specified number or quantity.

Rootnoun

short for square root

Rootnoun

a value of an unknown quantity satisfying a given equation

‘the roots of the equation differ by an integer’;

Rootnoun

a user account with full and unrestricted access to a system

‘I need to log in as root on my system to resolve an issue’; ‘make sure that these files can only be accessed by the root user’;

Rootnoun

an act of sexual intercourse.

Rootnoun

a sexual partner of a specified ability.

Rootnoun

an act of rooting

‘I had a root through the open drawers’;

Rootverb

cause (a plant or cutting) to grow roots

‘root your own cuttings from stock plants’;

Rootverb

(of a plant or cutting) establish roots

‘large trees had rooted in the canal bank’;

Rootverb

establish deeply and firmly

‘vegetarianism is rooted in Indian culture’;

Rootverb

have as an origin or cause

‘the Latin verb is rooted in an Indo-European word’;

Rootverb

cause (someone) to stand immobile through fear or amazement

‘she found herself rooted to the spot in disbelief’;

Rootverb

gain access to the root account of (a smartphone or computer)

‘we explained how to manually root almost any Android device’;

Rootverb

have sexual intercourse with.

Rootverb

exhaust (someone) or frustrate their efforts

‘grab a pew—you must be rooted’;

Rootverb

(of an animal) turn up the ground with its snout in search of food

‘stray dogs rooting around for bones and scraps’;

Rootverb

search unsystematically through an untidy mass or area; rummage

‘she was rooting through a pile of papers’;

Rootverb

find or extract something by rummaging

‘he managed to root out the cleaning kit’;

Root

In vascular plants, the roots are the organs of a plant that are modified to provide anchorage for the plant and take in water and nutrients into the plant body, which allows plants to grow taller and faster. They most often lie below the surface of the soil, but roots can also be aerial or aerating, that is, growing up above the ground or especially above water.

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