Translation of "seed" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /siːd/ us /siːd/

seed noun (PLANT)

B2 [ C or U ] a small, round, or oval object produced by a plant and from which, when it is planted, a new plant can grow

Sow the seeds (= put them in the ground) about three centimetres deep. 把這些種子種進約三釐米深的地方。
The chemical will stop all seeds from sprouting (= starting to grow). 這種化學製品可制止種子發芽。
The farmers grow these crops for seed (= for planting to grow more crops, rather than for eating). 農民種這些作物是爲了育種。

[ U ] literary →  semen

go/run to seed

If a food plant goes or runs to seed, it produces flowers and seeds because it has not been picked early enough.

In hot weather lettuces can suddenly run to seed. 在炎熱的天氣下,萵苣會在很短的時間內開花結籽。

If a person or place goes or runs to seed, their physical appearance becomes worse because no one takes care of them.

After he retired, he really went to seed. 退休之後,他真的變得不修邊幅了。

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seed noun (BEGINNING)

C2 [ C usually plural ] the cause of a feeling or situation, or the early stages of it

From these early seeds of their friendship, they grew into lifelong companions.
He may be sowing the seeds of his own destruction in the long term by using violence against his own people. 從長遠看,他對自己的人民施以暴力可能會自食其果。

seed noun (SPORT)

[ C ] especially in tennis, a good player who is given a place on the list of those expected to win games in a particular competition because of the way they have played in the past

Turner's opponent in the quarter-finals is the number one seed. 在擲鏢賽的半準決賽中,特納的對手是頭號種子選手。


uk /siːd/ us /siːd/

seed verb (PLANT)

[ I or T ] to produce seeds

The plants have seeded themselves (= their seeds have fallen) into the cracks between the paving stones. 植物的種子在鋪路石的縫隙中落地生根。

[ T ] also deseed, to remove the seeds from a fruit or vegetable

Wash, seed, and cut the pepper into small pieces. 將辣椒洗一洗,去籽,切成小片。

seed verb (SPORT)

[ T usually passive ] to make a player a seed

[ + adj ] Jones, seeded second, has won her last ten matches. 二號種子選手瓊斯在過去的十場比賽中保持全勝。

(Translation of “seed” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)