What does seminal mean?

Definitions for seminalˈsɛm ə nl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seminal(adj)

    pertaining to or containing or consisting of semen

    "seminal fluid"

  2. germinal, originative, seminal(adj)

    containing seeds of later development

    "seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another"

GCIDE

  1. Seminal(a.)

    Hence: Holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; serving as a source, or first principle; giving rise to related ideas or results; germinal; radical; primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation; seminal virtue; a seminal discovery.

  2. Origin: [L. seminalis, fr. semen, seminis, seed, akin to serere to sow: cf. F. seminal. See Sow to scatter seed.]

Wiktionary

  1. seminal(Adjective)

    Of or relating to seed or semen.

  2. seminal(Adjective)

    Creative or having the power to originate.

  3. seminal(Adjective)

    Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research.

    "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was a seminal work in the modern philosophy of science.

  4. Origin: From seminalis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seminal(adj)

    pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, seed or semen; as, the seminal fluid

  2. Seminal(adj)

    contained in seed; holding the relation of seed, source, or first principle; holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; germinal; radical; primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation; seminal virtue

  3. Seminal(noun)

    a seed

  4. Origin: [L. seminalis, fr. semen, seminis, seed, akin to serere to sow: cf. F. seminal. See Sow to scatter seed.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seminal

    sem′in-al, adj. pertaining to seed: radical: rudimentary.—n. (obs.) a seed.—n. Seminal′ity, the germinating principle.—v.t. Sem′ināte, to sow: to propagate: to disseminate.—n. Seminā′tion, act of sowing: natural dispersion of seed: propagation.—adjs. Seminif′erous, seed-bearing: producing seed; Seminif′ic, producing seed.—ns. Seminificā′tion; Sem′inist, one who holds that the admixture of the male and female seed originates the new individual. [L. semen, seminis, seed—serĕre, to sow.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seminal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seminal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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