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weed1

[weed] /wid/
noun
1.
a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
2.
any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted:
The vacant lot was covered with weeds.
3.
Informal. a cigarette or cigar.
4.
Slang. a marijuana cigarette.
5.
a thin, ungainly person or animal.
6.
a wretched or useless animal, especially a horse unfit for racing or breeding purposes.
7.
the weed.
  1. Informal. tobacco.
  2. Slang. marijuana.
verb (used with object)
8.
to free from weeds or troublesome plants; root out weeds from:
to weed a garden.
9.
to root out or remove (a weed or weeds), as from a garden (often followed by out):
to weed out crab grass from a lawn.
10.
to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous (often followed by out):
to weed out inexperienced players.
11.
to rid (something) of undesirable or superfluous elements.
verb (used without object)
12.
to remove weeds or the like.
Idioms
13.
(deep) in / into the weeds,
  1. (of a restaurant worker) overwhelmed and falling behind in serving customers:
    Our waitress was so deep in the weeds that we waited 40 minutes for our burgers.
  2. in trouble; overwhelmed by problems:
    He knows our marriage is in deep weeds.
  3. involved in the details:
    I’m in the weeds of planning my wedding.
Also, in deep weeds.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wede, Old English wēod; cognate with Old Saxon wiod weed, Middle Dutch wiet fern
Related forms
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
unweeded, adjective
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Examples from the web for weeding
  • Then again, weeding could drive a perfectionist mad, because it's a never-ending task.
  • In that case, the virus can be mechanically transmitted to the tomato plants via my weeding.
  • And weeding standing is so much easier than on your knees.
  • Keep up with weeding, which should be almost nil once plants fill in.
  • But until it does, you'll have to be diligent about weeding because it grows rather slowly.
  • Natural selection means weeding out those organisms that are no longer able to compete.
  • You're hand weeding, trying to eliminate them and aren't able to keep up with them.
  • But animal studies are needed to protect people, by identifying toxicities and weeding out drugs before testing on humans.
  • It is also about weeding out today's second-raters so that profitable new businesses can spring up instead.
  • Markets are good at weeding out trendy but impractical technologies, for one thing.
British Dictionary definitions for weeding

weed1

/wiːd/
noun
1.
any plant that grows wild and profusely, esp one that grows among cultivated plants, depriving them of space, food, etc
2.
(slang)
  1. the weed, tobacco
  2. marijuana
3.
(informal) a thin or unprepossessing person
4.
an inferior horse, esp one showing signs of weakness of constitution
verb
5.
to remove (useless or troublesome plants) from (a garden, etc)
Derived Forms
weeder, noun
weedless, adjective
weedlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English weod; related to Old Saxon wiod, Old High German wiota fern

weed2

/wiːd/
noun
1.
(rare) a black crepe band worn to indicate mourning See also weeds
Word Origin
Old English wǣd, wēd; related to Old Saxon wād, Old High German wāt, Old Norse vāth
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Word Origin and History for weeding

weed

n.

"plant not valued for use or beauty," Old English weod, uueod "grass, herb, weed," from Proto-Germanic *weud- (cf. Old Saxon wiod, East Frisian wiud), of unknown origin. Meaning "tobacco" is from c.1600; that of "marijuana" is from 1920s.

v.

"to clear the ground of weeds," late Old English weodian, from the source of weed (n.). Related: Weeded; weeding.

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Slang definitions & phrases for weeding

weed

noun
  1. (also the weed) Tobacco (1606+)
  2. A cigar, esp an inferior one: Throw that weed away and have a good one (1847+)
  3. (also the weed) A marijuana cigarette; joint (1920s+ Narcotics)
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