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Assiduously; industriously; diligently; with constant or continued application.


Assiduity; assiduousness; steady diligence; continued industry or effort.

SEE, n. [Fr. siége; Scot. sege; Arm. sich.]

  1. The seat of episcopal power; a diocese; the jurisdiction of a bishop. Swift.
  2. The seat of an archbishop; a province or jurisdiction of an archbishop; as, an arch-episcopal see. – Shak.
  3. The seat, place, or office of the Pope or Roman pontif; as, the papal see.
  4. The authority of the Pope or court of Rome; as, to appeal to the see of Rome. – Addison.

SEE, v.i.

  1. To have the power of perceiving by the proper, organs, or the power of sight. Some animals, it is said, are able to see best in the night.
  2. To discern; to have intellectual sight; to penetrate; to understand; with through or into; as, to see through the plans or policy of another; to see into artful schemes and pretensions. – Tillotson.
  3. To examine or inquire. See whether the estimate is correct.
  4. To be attentive. – Shak.
  5. To have full understanding. But now ye say, we see, therefore your sin remaineth. – John xix. See to it, look well to it; attend; consider; take care. Let me see, let us see, are used to express consideration, or to introduce the particular consideration of a subject, or some scheme or calculation. See is used imperatively, to call the attention of others to an object or a subject. See, see, how the balloon ascends. See what it is to have a poet in your house. – Pope.

SEE, v.t. [pret. saw; pp. seen. Sax. seon, seogan, geseon; G. sehen; D. zien, pret. zag, saw; Dan. seer; Sw. se. This verb is contracted, as we know by the Eng. sight, Dan. sigt, G. gesicht, D. zigt, gezigt. Ch. סכא, סכה or סכי, to see. Class Sg, No. 34. In G. besuchen is to visit, to see, and this is from suchen, which is the Eng. to seek, and to seek is to look for. In G. gesuch is a suit, a seeking, demand, petition; and versuchen is to try, Eng. essay. We have then decisive evidence that see, seek, L. sequor, and Eng. essay, are all from the same radix. The primary sense of the root is to strain, stretch, extend; and as applied to see, the sense is to extend to, to reach, to strike with the eye or sight.]

  1. To perceive by the eye; to have knowledge of the existence and apparent qualities of objects by the organs of sight; to behold. I will now turn aside and see this great sight. – Exod. iii. We have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. – Judges xviii.
  2. To observe; to note or notice; to know; to regard or look to; to take care; to attend, as to the execution of some order, or to the performance of something. Give them one simple idea, and see that they fully comprehend it before you go any further. – Locke. See that ye fall not out by the way. – Gen. xiv.
  3. To discover; to descry; to understand. Who so dull as to not to see the device or stratagem? Very noble actions often lose much of their excellence when the motives are seen.
  4. To converse or have intercourse with. We improve by seeing men of different habits and tempers.
  5. To visit; as, to call and see a friend. The physician sees his patient twice a day. – 1 Sam. xv. 1 Cor. xvi.
  6. To attend; to remark or notice. I had a mind to see him out, and therefore did not care to contradict him. – Addison.
  7. To behold with patience or sufferance; to endure. It was not meet for us to see the king's dishonor. – Ezra iv.
  8. In Scripture, to hear or attend to. I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. – Rev. i.
  9. To feel; to suffer; to experience. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years in which we have seen evil. – Ps. xc. If a man shall keep my saying, he shall never see death. – John viii. Luke ii.
  10. To know; to learn. Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren. – Gen. xxxvii.
  11. To perceive; to understand; to comprehend. I see the train of argument; I see his motives.
  12. To perceive; to understand experimentally. I see another law in my members. – Rom. vii.
  13. To beware. See thou do it not. – Rev. xix.
  14. To know by revelation. The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah aud Jerusalem. Is. ii. xiii.
  15. To have faith in and reliance on. Seeing him who is invisible. – Heb. xi.
  16. To enjoy; to have fruition of. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matth. v.

SEED, n. [Sax. sæd; G. saat; D. zaad; Dan. sæd; Sw. säd; from the verb sow. Chn. W. hâd, Arm. had.]

  1. The substance, animal or vegetable, which nature prepares for the reproduction and conservation of the species. The seeds of plants are a deciduous part, containing the rudiments of a new vegetable. In some cases, the seeds constitute the fruit or valuable part of plants, as in the case of wheat and other esculent grain; sometimes the seeds are inclosed in the fruit, as in apples and melons. When applied to animal matter, it has no plural.
  2. That from which any thing springs; first principle; original; as, the seeds of virtue or vice. – Hooker.
  3. Principle of production. Praise of great acts he scatters as a seed. – Waller.
  4. Progeny; offspring; children; descendants; as, the seed of Abraham; the sea of David. In this sense, the word it applied to one person, or to any number collectively, and admits of the plural form; but rarely used in the plural.
  5. Race; generation; birth. Of mortal seed they were not held.

SEED, v.i.

  1. To grow to maturity, so as to produce seed. Maiz will not seed in a cool climate. – Swift.
  2. To shed the seed. – Mortimer.

SEED, v.t.

To sow; to sprinkle with seed, which germinates and takes root. Belknap.

SEED-BUD, n. [seed and bud.]

The germ, germen or rudiment of the fruit in an embryo.

SEED-CAKE, n. [seed and cake.]

A sweet cake containing aromatic seeds. – Tusser.


In botany, the aril of a seed. – Martyn.


Corn or grain for seed.


The down on vegetable seeds. – Smith.

SEED-ED, pp.

  1. Bearing seed; covered thick with seeds. – Fletcher.
  2. Interspersed as with seeds. – B. Jonson.
  3. Sown; sprinkled with seed.


One who sows.


A field for raising seed. – Carlisle.

SEED-ING, ppr.

Sowing with seeds.


In botany, the primary leaf. The seed-leaves are the cotyledons or lobes of a seed expanded and in vegetation. – Martyn.


A young plant or root just sprang from the seed. – Evelyn.


A vessel in which a sower carries the seed to be dispersed. – England.


The lobe of a seed; a cotyledon – which see.


Seed-time. [Not in use.]

SEED-PEARL, n. [seed and pearl.]

Small grains of pearl. Boyle.

SEED-PLAT, or SEED-PLOT, n. [seed and plat.]

  1. The ground on which seeds are sown to produce plants for transplanting; hence,
  2. A nursery; a place where any thing is sown or planted for cultivation. Hammond.

SEEDS-MAN, n. [seed and man.]

A person who deals in seeds; also, a sower. Dict.