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The Definition of - bud (noun)

    1. a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud) the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud) or both (mixed bud)
    2. an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
    Zoology. (in certain animals of low organization) a prominence that develops into a new individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent and sometimes becoming detached; gemma.
    Mycology. a small, rounded outgrowth produced from a fungus spore or cell by a process of asexual reproduction, eventually separating from the parent cell as a new individual: commonly produced by yeast and a few other fungi.
    Anatomy. any small rounded part.
    an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
    Slang. marijuana, especially potent marijuana from the buds, or flowering tops, of the hemp plant.
    verb (used without object), budded, budding.
    to put forth or produce buds.
    to begin to develop.
    to be in an early stage of development.
    verb (used with object), budded, budding.
    to cause to bud.
    Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
    in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state:
    a Shakespeare in the bud.
    Also, in bud.
    nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development:
    The rebellion was nipped in the bud.

Word Example of - bud

    Example Sentences for bud

    When he got them all in his hands, there came another order, and he gave them up to Bud.

    What if Bud's company, (it was always Bud's company to them), what if his company should lose.

    Gram smiled as Bud came forward, and he looked at her warily.

    Grace here is glory in the bud; glory yonder is grace in the fruit.

    Many branches were killed outright and failed to start or only a bud here and there would start.

    Then followed her schoolmates and companions who each dropped in the bud she carried.

    In a month after the operation, examine whether the bud has united with the stock.

    It is what brought me here, Bud, when I was about your age and good for something.

    Ought there not to be some word which an educated man like himself could give in haste to an ignorant boy like Bud?

    Bud, trembling, hoped it might be O'Neill, and staggered to the archway.

Word Origin & History of - bud

    Word Origin & History

    bud late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from O.Fr. boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (cf. Du. bot "bud," O.S. budil "bag, purse," Ger. Beutel), or from O.E. budd "beetle." The verb is c.1400.

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