Seed vs Shoot - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between seed and shoot

is that seed is (senseid)(countable) a fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant while shoot is the emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.

As verbs the difference between seed and shoot

is that seed is to plant or sow an area with seeds while shoot is to launch a projectile.

As an interjection shoot is





(wikipedia seed)
  • (senseid)(countable) A fertilized grain, initially encased in a fruit, which may grow into a mature plant.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= David Van Tassel], [ Lee DeHaan
  • , title= Wild Plants to the Rescue , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Plant breeding is always a numbers game.
  • (countable, botany) A fertilized ovule, containing an embryonic plant.
  • (uncountable) An amount of fertilized grain that cannot be readily counted.
  • (uncountable) Semen.
  • (countable) A precursor.
  • (countable) The initial state, condition or position of a changing, growing or developing process; the ultimate precursor in a defined chain of precursors.
  • # 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.
  • # The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position)
  • The rookie was a surprising top seed .
  • # Initialization state of a . (seed number)
  • If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
  • # 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.
  • Offspring, descendants, progeny.
  • the seed of Abraham
  • * 1590 , , II.x:
  • Next him king Leyr in happie peace long raind, / But had no issue male him to succeed, / But three faire daughters, which were well vptraind, / In all that seemed fit for kingly seed
  • Race; generation; birth.
  • * Waller
  • Of mortal seed they were not held.

    Usage notes

    The common use of seed differs from the botanical use. The “seeds” of sunflowers are botanically fruits.

    Derived terms

    * crack seed * go to seed * seedcake * seedling * seed potato * seedy * spill one's seed


    (en verb)
  • To plant or sow an area with seeds.
  • I seeded my lawn with bluegrass.
  • To cover thinly with something scattered; to ornament with seedlike decorations.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • a sable mantle seeded with waking eyes
  • 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.
  • (sports, games) To allocate a seeding to a competitor.
  • To be able to compete (especially in a quarter-final/semi-final/final).
  • The tennis player seeded into the quarters.
  • To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
  • Anagrams




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) shoten, from (etyl) .


  • To launch a projectile.
  • # (label) To fire (a weapon that releases a projectile).
  • # (label) To fire (a projectile).
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • If you please / To shoot an arrow that self way.
  • # (label) To fire a projectile at (a person or target).
  • # (label) To cause a weapon to discharge a projectile.
  • # (label) To ejaculate.
  • # To begin to speak.
  • # (label) To discharge a missile; said of a weapon.
  • # To dismiss or do away with.
  • # To photograph.
  • To move or act quickly or suddenly.
  • # (label) To move very quickly and suddenly.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • There shot a streaming lamp along the sky.
  • #* 1884 : (Mark Twain), (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Chapter VII
  • It didn't take me long to get there. I shot past the head at a ripping rate, the current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges
  • # To go over or pass quickly through.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Sheshoots the Stygian sound.
  • # (label) To tip (something, especially coal) down a chute.
  • # (label) To penetrate, like a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation.
  • #* (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • Thy words shoot through my heart.
  • # To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain.
  • #* (George Herbert) (1593-1633)
  • These preachers make / His head to shoot and ache.
  • # (label) To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • If the menstruum be overcharged, metals will shoot into crystals.
  • # To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit.
  • #* (Beaumont and Fletcher) (1603-1625)
  • an honest weaver as ever shot shuttle
  • #* (1800-1859)
  • a pit into which the dead carts had nightly shot corpses by scores
  • # To send to someone.
  • (label) To act or achieve.
  • # (label) To lunge.
  • # (label) To deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed script).
  • # To make the stated score.
  • (label) To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  • To inject a drug (such as heroin) intravenously.
  • To develop, move forward.
  • # To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
  • #* (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • Onions, as they hang, will shoot forth.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • But the wild olive shoots , and shades the ungrateful plain.
  • # To grow; to advance.
  • #* (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • Well shot in years he seemed.
  • #* (1700-1748)
  • Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, / To teach the young idea how to shoot .
  • # (label) To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
  • # To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; often with out .
  • #* Bible, (Psalms) xxii. 7
  • They shoot out the lip, they shake the head.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting.
  • To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend.
  • * (Charles Dickens) (1812-1870)
  • There shot up against the dark sky, tall, gaunt, straggling houses.
  • (label) To plane straight; to fit by planing.
  • * (Joseph Moxon) (1627-1691)
  • two pieces of wood that are shot , that is, planed or else pared with a paring chisel
  • To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches.(w)
  • * (1809-1892)
  • The tangled water courses slept, / Shot over with purple, and green, and yellow.
    Derived terms
    * like shooting fish in a barrel * re-shoot * shoot down * shooter * shoot from the hip * shoot from the lip * shoot one's bolt * shoot oneself in the foot * shoot one's mouth off * shoot one's wad * shoot the boots * shoot the bull * shoot the messenger * shoot up


    (en noun)
  • The emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.
  • * Evelyn
  • Superfluous branches and shoots of this second spring.
  • A photography session.
  • A hunt or shooting competition.
  • (professional wrestling, slang) An event that is unscripted or legitimate.
  • The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible shoot .
  • * Drayton
  • One underneath his horse to get a shoot doth stalk.
  • A rush of water; a rapid.
  • (mining) A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode.
  • (Knight)
  • (weaving) A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
  • A shoat; a young pig.
  • An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; a chute.
  • (Webster 1913)
    Derived terms
    * (hunt or shooting competition) turkey shoot

    Etymology 2

    minced oath for (shit)


    (en interjection)
  • Didn't you have a concert tonight?
    Shoot! I forgot! I have to go and get ready...
    * (mild expletive) darn, dash, fiddlesticks, shucks