Definitions for budbʌd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

budbʌd(n.; v.)bud•ded, bud•ding.

  1. (n.)any of the small terminal bulges on a plant stem, from which leaves or flowers develop.

    Category: Botany

  2. a state of putting forth buds:

    roses in bud.

  3. a partially opened flower or leaf.

  4. a prominence that emerges or branches from the main body of certain relatively simple organisms, as sponges and yeasts, and develops asexually into a new individual.

    Category: Zoology

  5. an immature or undeveloped person or thing.

  6. (v.i.)to put forth or produce buds.

    Category: Botany

  7. to begin to develop.

  8. (v.t.)to cause to bud.

    Category: Botany

  9. Hort. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.

    Category: Botany

Idioms for bud:

  1. nip in the bud,to stop (something) in the earliest stages.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bud:

1350–1400; ME budde, bodde



  1. buddy; friend (used in informal address to a man or boy).

Origin of bud:

1850–55, Amer.; back formation from buddy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bud(noun)

    a partially opened flower

  2. bud(verb)

    a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals

  3. bud(verb)

    develop buds

    "The hibiscus is budding!"

  4. bud(verb)

    start to grow or develop

    "a budding friendship"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bud(noun)ʌd

    a leaf or a flower before it opens

    a rose bud

  2. bud(verb)ʌd

    to develop buds

    The daisies are budding.


  1. Bud(ProperNoun)

    A male nickname.

    I remember many visits from my uncle Bud.

  2. Bud(ProperNoun)

    A nickname for the beer Budweiser.

    I'd like a Bud, please.

  3. Origin: From buddy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bud(noun)

    a small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower

  2. Bud(noun)

    a small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra

  3. Bud(verb)

    to put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot

  4. Bud(verb)

    to begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn

  5. Bud(verb)

    to be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin

  6. Bud(verb)

    to graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear


  1. Bud

    In botany, a bud is an undeveloped or embryonic shoot and normally occurs in the axil of a leaf or at the tip of the stem. Once formed, a bud may remain for some time in a dormant condition, or it may form a shoot immediately. Buds may be specialized to develop flowers or short shoots, or may have the potential for general shoot development. The term bud is also used in zoology, where it refers to an outgrowth from the body which can develop into a new individual.

Translations for bud

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a shoot of a tree or plant, containing undeveloped leaves or flower(s) or both

Are there buds on the trees yet?; a rosebud.

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