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[seel] /sil/
noun, plural seals, (especially collectively for 1) seal.
any of numerous marine carnivores of the suborder Pinnipedia, including the eared or fur seals, as the sea lion, and the earless or hair seals, as the harbor seal.
the skin of such an animal.
leather made from this skin.
the fur of the fur seal; sealskin.
a fur used as a substitute for sealskin.
a dark, gray brown.
verb (used without object)
to hunt, kill, or capture seals.
before 900; Middle English sele, Old English seolh; cognate with Old Norse selr
Related forms
seallike, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for seallike


a device impressed on a piece of wax, moist clay, etc, fixed to a letter, document, etc, as a mark of authentication
a stamp, ring, etc, engraved with a device to form such an impression
a substance, esp wax, so placed over an envelope, document, etc, that it must be broken before the object can be opened or used
any substance or device used to close or fasten tightly
a material, such as putty or cement, that is used to close an opening to prevent the passage of air, water, etc
a small amount of water contained in the trap of a drain to prevent the passage of foul smells
an agent or device for keeping something hidden or secret
anything that gives a pledge or confirmation
a decorative stamp often sold in aid of charity
(RC Church) Also called seal of confession. the obligation never to reveal anything said by a penitent in confession
set one's seal on, set one's seal to
  1. to mark with one's sign or seal
  2. to endorse
verb (transitive)
to affix a seal to, as proof of authenticity
to stamp with or as if with a seal
to approve or authorize
(sometimes foll by up) to close or secure with or as if with a seal to seal one's lips, seal up a letter
(foll by off) to enclose (a place) with a fence, wall, etc
to decide irrevocably
(Mormon Church) to make (a marriage or adoption) perpetually binding
to subject (the outside of meat, etc) to fierce heat so as to retain the juices during cooking
to close tightly so as to render airtight or watertight
to paint (a porous material) with a nonporous coating
(Austral & NZ) to consolidate (a road surface) with bitumen, tar, etc
Derived Forms
sealable, adjective
Word Origin
C13 seel, from Old French, from Latin sigillum little figure, from signum a sign


any pinniped mammal of the families Otariidae (eared seals) and Phocidae (earless seals) that are aquatic but come on shore to breed See eared seal, earless seal related adjectives otarid phocine
any earless seal (family Phocidae), esp the common or harbour seal or the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
(intransitive) to hunt for seals
Derived Forms
seal-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English seolh; related to Old Norse selr, Old High German selah, Old Irish selige tortoise
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Word Origin and History for seallike
"design stamped on wax," c.1230, from O.Fr. seel (Fr. sceau), from V.L. *sigellum (cf. It. suggello, Sp. sello, also O.Fris., M.H.G. sigel, Ger. Siegel), from L. sigillum "small picture, engraved figure, seal," dim. of signum "mark, token" (see sign). An earlier borrowing directly from L. is represented by O.E. insigel. Sealing-wax is attested from c.1300. Seal point "dark brown marking on a Siamese cat" is recorded from 1934.
"mammal with flippers," O.E. seolh "seal," from P.Gmc. *selkhaz (cf. O.N. selr, Swed. sjöl, M.L.G. sel, M.Du. seel, O.H.G. selah), of unknown origin, perhaps a borrowing from Finnic.
"to fasten with (or as with) a seal," early 13c., from seal (n.1). Meaning "to place a seal on (a document)" is recorded from mid-14c.; sense of "to close up with wax, lead, cement, etc." is attested from 1660s, from the notion of wax seals on envelopes. To seal one's fate (1810) probably reflects the notion of a seal on an execution warrant.
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seallike in Science
Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers. Seals live chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and, like walruses, are pinnipeds.
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Related Abbreviations for seallike


sea, air, land [team]
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seallike in the Bible

commonly a ring engraved with some device (Gen. 38:18, 25). Jezebel "wrote letters in Ahab's name, and sealed them with his seal" (1 Kings 21:8). Seals are frequently mentioned in Jewish history (Deut. 32:34; Neh. 9:38; 10:1; Esther 3:12; Cant. 8:6; Isa. 8:16; Jer. 22:24; 32:44, etc.). Sealing a document was equivalent to the signature of the owner of the seal. "The use of a signet-ring by the monarch has recently received a remarkable illustration by the discovery of an impression of such a signet on fine clay at Koyunjik, the site of the ancient Nineveh. This seal appears to have been impressed from the bezel of a metallic finger-ring. It is an oval, 2 inches in length by 1 inch wide, and bears the image, name, and titles of the Egyptian king Sabaco" (Rawlinson's Hist. Illus. of the O.T., p. 46). The actual signet-rings of two Egyptian kings (Cheops and Horus) have been discovered. (See SIGNET.) The use of seals is mentioned in the New Testament only in connection with the record of our Lord's burial (Matt. 27:66). The tomb was sealed by the Pharisees and chief priests for the purpose of making sure that the disciples would not come and steal the body away (ver. 63, 64). The mode of doing this was probably by stretching a cord across the stone and sealing it at both ends with sealing-clay. When God is said to have sealed the Redeemer, the meaning is, that he has attested his divine mission (John 6:27). Circumcision is a seal, an attestation of the covenant (Rom. 4:11). Believers are sealed with the Spirit, as God's mark put upon them (Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Converts are by Paul styled the seal of his apostleship, i.e., they are its attestation (1 Cor. 9:2). Seals and sealing are frequently mentioned in the book of Revelation (5:1; 6:1; 7:3; 10:4; 22:10).

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