Bud

[buhd]
noun
a male given name.
Also, Budd.
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bud1 (bʌd)
 
n
1.  a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
2.  a.  a partially opened flower
 b.  (in combination): rosebud
3.  any small budlike outgrowth: taste buds
4.  something small or immature
5.  an asexually produced outgrowth in simple organisms, such as yeasts, and the hydra that develops into a new individual
6.  a slang word for marijuana
7.  in bud at the stage of producing buds
8.  nip in the bud to put an end to (an idea, movement, etc) in its initial stages
 
vb , buds, budding, budded
9.  (intr) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
10.  (intr) to begin to develop or grow
11.  (tr) horticulture to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
 
[C14 budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel]

bud2 (bʌd)
 
n
informal chiefly (US) short for buddy

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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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Medical Dictionary

bud (bŭd)
n.

  1. A small, rounded anatomical structure or organic part, such as a taste bud.

  2. An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.

v. bud·ded, bud·ding, buds
  1. To put forth or cause to put forth buds.

  2. To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.

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bud   (bŭd)  Pronunciation Key 
Noun  
  1. A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three. ◇ Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch. ◇ Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds, occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem). ◇ Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.

  2. A small rounded outgrowth on an asexually reproducing organism, such as a yeast or hydra, that is capable of developing into a new individual. See more at budding.

  3. A tiny part or structure, such as a taste bud, that is shaped like a plant bud.


Verb   To form or produce a bud or buds.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
Bud
Budweiser [beer]
BUD
Ferihegy Airport (Budapest, Hungary)
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