Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Compar. Seedier
; superl. Seediest
.] 1. Abounding with seeds; bearing seeds; having run to seeds. 2. Having a peculiar flavor supposed to be derived from the weeds growing among the vines; -- said of certain kinds of French brandy. 3. Old and worn out; exhausted; spiritless; also, poor and miserable looking; shabbily clothed; shabby looking; as, he looked seedy ; a seedy coat.
Little Flanigan here . . . is a little seedy , as we say among us that practice the law. Goldsmith. Seedy toe
, an affection of a horse's foot, in which a cavity filled with horn powder is formed between the laminæ and the wall of the hoof.
Seeing conj. (but originally a present participle)
. In view of the fact (that); considering; taking into account (that); insmuch as; since; because; - - followed by a dependent clause; as, he did well, seeing that he was so young.
Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me? Gen. xxvi. 27.
Seek adjective Sick. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Seek transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sought
; present participle & verbal noun Seeking
.] [ Middle English seken
, Anglo-Saxon sēcan
; akin to Old Saxon sōkian
, LG. söken
, Dutch zoeken
, Old High German suohhan
, German suchen
, Icelandic sækja
, Swedish söka
, Danish söge
, Goth. sōkjan
, and English sake
. Confer Beseech
.] 1. To go in search of; to look for; to search for; to try to find.
The man asked him, saying, What seekest thou? And he said, I seek my brethren. Gen. xxxvii. 15, 16. 2. To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
Others, tempting him, sought of him a sign. Luke xi. 16. 3. To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at; as, to seek wealth or fame; to seek one's life. 4. To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.
Seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal. Amos v. 5.
Since great Ulysses sought the Phrygian plains. Pope.
Seek intransitive verb To make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery.
Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read. Isa. xxxiv. 16. To seek
, needing to seek or search; hence, unprepared.
"Unpracticed, unprepared, and still to seek
[ Obsolete] -- To seek after
, to make pursuit of; to attempt to find or take.
-- To seek for
, to endeavor to find.
-- To seek to
, to apply to; to resort to; to court.
[ Obsolete] "All the earth sought to
Solomon, to hear his wisdom." 1 Kings x. 24.
-- To seek upon
, to make strict inquiry after; to follow up; to persecute.
To seek Chaucer.
Upon a man and do his soul unrest.
Seek-no-further noun A kind of choice winter apple, having a subacid taste; -- formerly called go- no-further .
Seek-sorrow noun One who contrives to give himself vexation. [ Archaic.] Sir P. Sidney.
Seeker noun 1. One who seeks; that which is used in seeking or searching. 2. (Eccl.) One of a small heterogeneous sect of the 17th century, in Great Britain, who professed to be seeking the true church, ministry, and sacraments.
A skeptic [ is] ever seeking and never finds, like our new upstart sect of Seekers . Bullokar.
(sēl) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seeled
; present participle & verbal noun Seeling
.] [ French siller
, from cil
an eyelash, Latin cilium
.] 1. (Falconry) To close the eyes of (a hawk or other bird) by drawing through the lids threads which were fastened over the head. Bacon.
Fools climb to fall: fond hopes, like seeled doves for want of better light, mount till they end their flight with falling. J. Reading. 2. Hence, to shut or close, as the eyes; to blind.
Come, seeling night, Shak.
Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day.
Cold death, with a violent fate, his sable eyes did seel . Chapman.
Seel intransitive verb [ Confer LG. sielen to lead off water, French siller to run ahead, to make headway, English sile , v.t.] To incline to one side; to lean; to roll, as a ship at sea. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh.
[ Anglo-Saxon sǣl
, from sǣl
good, prosperous. See Silly
.] 1. Good fortune; favorable opportunity; prosperity. [ Obsolete] "So have I seel ". Chaucer. 2. Time; season; as, hay seel .
[ Prov. Eng.]
Seel, Seeling noun The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm. [ Obsolete] Sandys.
Seelily adverb In a silly manner. [ Obsolete]
Seely adjective See Silly .
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
(sēm) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seemed
(sēmd); present participle & verbal noun Seeming
.] [ Middle English semen
to seem, to become, befit, Anglo-Saxon sēman
to satisfy, pacify; akin to Icelandic sæma
to honor, to bear with, conform to, sæmr
becoming, fit, sōma
to beseem, to befit, sama
to beseem, semja
to arrange, settle, put right, Goth. samjan
to please, and to English same
. The sense is probably due to the adj. seemly
. √191. See Same
, and confer Seemly
.] To appear, or to appear to be; to have a show or semblance; to present an appearance; to look; to strike one's apprehension or fancy as being; to be taken as.
"It now seemed
Thou picture of what thou seem'st . Shak.
All seemed well pleased; all seemed , but were not all. Milton.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. Prov. xiv. 12. It seems
, it appears; it is understood as true; it is said.
A prince of Italy, it seems , entertained his mistress on a great lake. Addison. Syn.
-- To appear; look. -- Seem
. To appear
has reference to a thing's being presented to our view; as, the sun appears
; to seem
is connected with the idea of semblance
, and usually implies an inference of our mind as to the probability of a thing's being so; as, a storm seems
to be coming. "The story appears
to be true," means that the facts, as presented, go to show its truth; "the story seems
to be true," means that it has the semblance of being so, and we infer that it is true. "His first and principal care being to appear
unto his people such as he would have them be, and to be such as he appeared
." Sir P. Sidney.
Ham. Ay, madam, it is common. Shak.
Queen . If it be,
Why seems it so particular with thee?
Ham. Seems , madam! Nay, it is; I know not " seems ."
Seem transitive verb To befit; to beseem. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Seemer noun One who seems; one who carries or assumes an appearance or semblance.
Hence shall we see, Shak.
If power change purpose, what our seemers be.
Seeming adjective Having a semblance, whether with or without reality; apparent; specious; befitting; as, seeming friendship; seeming truth.
My lord, you have lost a friend indeed; Shak.
And I dare swear you borrow not that face
Of seeming sorrow, it is sure your own.
Seeming noun 1. Appearance; show; semblance; fair appearance; speciousness.
These keep Shak. 2. Apprehension; judgment.
Seeming and savor all the winter long.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Nothing more clear unto their seeming . Hooker.
His persuasive words, impregned Milton.
With reason, to her seeming .
Seemingly adverb In appearance; in show; in semblance; apparently; ostensibly.
This the father seemingly complied with. Addison.
Seemingness noun Semblance; fair appearance; plausibility. Sir K. Digby.
Seemless adjective Unseemly. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Seemlily adverb In a seemly manner. [ Obsolete]
Seemliness noun The quality or state of being seemly: comeliness; propriety.
[ Compar. Seemlier
; superl. Seeliest
.] [ Icelandic s...miligr
, from s...mr
becoming, fit; akin to samr
same, English same
; the sense being properly, the same or like, hence, fitting. See Seem
, intransitive verb
] Suited to the object, occasion, purpose, or character; suitable; fit; becoming; comely; decorous.
He had a seemly nose. Chaucer.
I am a woman, lacking wit Shak.
To make a seemly answer to such persons.
Suspense of judgment and exercise of charity were safer and seemlier for Christian men than the hot pursuit of these controversies. Hooker. Syn.
-- Becoming; fit; suitable; proper; appropriate; congruous; meet; decent; decorous.
[ Compar. Seemlier
; superl. Seemliest
.] In a decent or suitable manner; becomingly.
Suddenly a men before him stood, Milton.
Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad,
As one in city or court or place bred.
[ See -hood
.] Comely or decent appearance.
[ Obsolete] Rom. of R. Spenser.
Seen past participle of See .
Seen adjective Versed; skilled; accomplished.
Well seen in every science that mote be. Spenser.
Noble Boyle, not less in nature seen , Dryden.
Than his great brother read in states and men.
Seep, Sipe intransitive verb
[ Anglo-Saxon sīpan
to distill.] To run or soak through fine pores and interstices; to ooze.
[ Scot. & U. S.]
Water seeps up through the sidewalks. G. W. Cable.
Seepage noun The act or process of seeping; percolation.
Seepage, Sipage noun Water that seeped or oozed through a porous soil. [ Scot. & U. S.]
Seepy, Sipy adjective Oozy; -- applied to land under cultivation that is not well drained.
Seer (sēr) adjective Sore; painful. [ Prov. Eng.] Ray.
Seer (sē"ẽr) noun One who sees. Addison.
[ From See
.] A person who foresees events; a prophet. Milton.
Seeress noun A female seer; a prophetess.
Seerfish (-fĭsh) noun (Zoology) A scombroid food fish of Madeira ( Cybium Commersonii ).
Seerhand noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] A kind of muslin of a texture between nainsook and mull.
Seership noun The office or quality of a seer.
Seersucker noun A light fabric, originally made in the East Indies, of silk and linen, usually having alternating stripes, and a slightly craped or puckered surface; also, a cotton fabric of similar appearance.
[ See Sear
.] Dry wood.
[ Written also searwood
.] [ Obsolete] Dryden.
[ Probably a reduplication of saw
, to express the alternate motion to and fro, as in the act of sawing.] 1. A play among children in which they are seated upon the opposite ends of a plank which is balanced in the middle, and move alternately up and down. 2. A plank or board adjusted for this play. 3. A vibratory or reciprocating motion.
He has been arguing in a circle; there is thus a seesaw between the hypothesis and fact. Sir W. Hamilton. 4. (Whist.) Same as Crossruff .
Seesaw intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seesawad
; present participle & verbal noun Seesawing
.] To move with a reciprocating motion; to move backward and forward, or upward and downward.
Seesaw transitive verb To cause to move backward and forward in seesaw fashion.
He seesaws himself to and fro. Ld. Lytton.
Seesaw adjective Moving up and down, or to and fro; having a reciprocating motion.
. Sate; sat. Chaucer.
obsolete imperfect of Seethe . Chaucer.
Seethe transitive verb
[ imperfect Seethed
obsolete ); past participle Seethed
; present participle & verbal noun Seething
.] [ Middle English sethen
, Anglo-Saxon seó...an
; akin to Dutch sieden
, Old High German siodan
, G. sieden
, Icelandic sj......a
, Swedish sjuda
, Danish syde
, Goth. saubs
a burnt offering. Confer Sod
.] To decoct or prepare for food in hot liquid; to boil; as, to seethe flesh.
[ Written also seeth
Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 2 Kings iv. 38.
Seethe intransitive verb To be a state of ebullition or violent commotion; to be hot; to boil. 1 Sam. ii. 13.
A long Pointe, round which the Mississippi used to whirl, and seethe , and foam. G. W. Cable.