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bud1

[buhd] /bʌd/
noun
1.
Botany.
  1. a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud) the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud) or both (mixed bud)
  2. an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
2.
Zoology. (in certain animals of low organization) a prominence that develops into a new individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent and sometimes becoming detached; gemma.
3.
Mycology. a small, rounded outgrowth produced from a fungus spore or cell by a process of asexual reproduction, eventually separating from the parent cell as a new individual: commonly produced by yeast and a few other fungi.
4.
Anatomy. any small rounded part.
5.
an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
verb (used without object), budded, budding.
6.
to put forth or produce buds.
7.
to begin to develop.
8.
to be in an early stage of development.
verb (used with object), budded, budding.
9.
to cause to bud.
10.
Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
Idioms
11.
in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state:
a Shakespeare in the bud.
Also, in bud.
12.
nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development:
The rebellion was nipped in the bud.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English budde bud, spray, pod; akin to German Hagebutte hip, Old Norse budda purse, dialectal Swedish bodd head, Dutch buidel bag, purse, Middle Low German buddich swollen
Related forms
budder, noun
budless, adjective
budlike, adjective
nonbudding, adjective, noun
Can be confused
budder, butter.
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  • Han is merely exhibiting the insight of a budding paleontologist.
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  • Its down is grey, its feet fleshy and pink, and its budding flippers are soft as felt.
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British Dictionary definitions for budding

budding

/ˈbʌdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
at an early stage of development but showing promise or potential: a budding genius

bud1

/bʌd/
noun
1.
a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
2.
  1. a partially opened flower
  2. (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
verb buds, budding, budded
9.
(intransitive) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
10.
(intransitive) to begin to develop or grow
11.
(transitive) (horticulture) to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
Word Origin
C14 budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel

bud2

/bʌd/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US) short for buddy
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Word Origin and History for budding

bud

n.

late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter "push forward, thrust," itself a Germanic word (cf. Dutch bot "bud," Old Saxon budil "bag, purse," German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd "beetle."

v.

c.1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding.

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budding in Medicine

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.

budding bud·ding (bŭd'ĭng)
n.
See gemmation.

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budding in Science
bud
  (bŭd)   
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.
budding
  (bŭd'ĭng)   
A form of asexual reproduction in living organisms in which new individuals form from outgrowths (buds) on the bodies of mature organisms. These outgrowths grow by means of mitotic cell division. Many simple multicellular animals such as hydras and unicellular organisms such as yeasts reproduce by budding.
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Slang definitions & phrases for budding

bud 1

noun
  1. Friend; fellow; guy •Used only in direct address, often with hostile intent: Okay, bud, that'll do (1850s+)
  2. A very close friend; buddy, pal: Just be glad I'm your bud/ She hid out with various buds and in runaway shelters (1930s+)

[fr buddy, a childish pronunciation of brother]


bud 2

noun

Marijuana: There was no pain yet, just numbness, kind of like smoking bud

[1980s+ Teenagers; fr Budda, Buddha sticks, earlier terms for marijuana]


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Related Abbreviations for budding

Bud

Budweiser [beer]

BUD

Ferihegy Airport (Budapest, Hungary)
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Idioms and Phrases with budding

bud

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