|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]|
A small, rounded anatomical structure or organic part, such as a taste bud.
An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.
To put forth or cause to put forth buds.
To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.
|bud (bŭd) Pronunciation Key
Verb To form or produce a bud or buds.
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nip in the bud
Halt something at an early stage, or thoroughly check something. For example, By arresting all the leaders, they nipped the rebellion in the bud. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a spring frost that kills flower buds, was first recorded in a Beaumont and Fletcher play of 1606-1607.