sealing wax, seal(noun)
fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters
a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal
"a coat of seal"
Navy SEAL, SEAL(noun)
a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare
"SEAL is an acronym for Sea Air and Land"
a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it)
"the warrant bore the sheriff's seal"
cachet, seal, seal of approval(noun)
an indication of approved or superior status
a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture
fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure
any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions
seal, seal off(verb)
make tight; secure against leakage
"seal the windows"
close with or as if with a seal
"She sealed the letter with hot wax"
affix a seal to
"seal the letter"
cover with varnish
any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families Phocidae and Otariidae
an engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in wax or other soft substance, to be attached to a document, or otherwise used by way of authentication or security
wax, wafer, or other tenacious substance, set to an instrument, and impressed or stamped with a seal; as, to give a deed under hand and seal
that which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it
that which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which authenticates; that which secures; assurance
an arrangement for preventing the entrance or return of gas or air into a pipe, by which the open end of the pipe dips beneath the surface of water or other liquid, or a deep bend or sag in the pipe is filled with the liquid; a draintrap
to set or affix a seal to; hence, to authenticate; to confirm; to ratify; to establish; as, to seal a deed
to mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality; as, to seal weights and measures; to seal silverware
to fasten with a seal; to attach together with a wafer, wax, or other substance causing adhesion; as, to seal a letter
hence, to shut close; to keep close; to make fast; to keep secure or secret
to fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement, plaster, or the like
to close by means of a seal; as, to seal a drainpipe with water. See 2d Seal, 5
among the Mormons, to confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife
to affix one's seal, or a seal
Origin: [OE. selen; cf. OF. seeler, seieler, F. sceller, LL. sigillare. See Seal a stamp.]
In cryptography, SEAL is a very fast stream cipher optimised for machines with a 32-bit word size and plenty of RAM. SEAL is actually a pseudorandom function family in that it can easily generate arbitrary portions of the keystream without having to start from the beginning. This makes it particularly well suited for applications like encrypting hard drives. The first version was published by Phillip Rogaway and Don Coppersmith in 1994. The current version, published in 1997, is 3.0. SEAL, covered by two patents in the United States, both of which are assigned to IBM.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sēl, n. an engraved stamp for impressing the wax which closes a letter, &c.: the wax or other substance so impressed: that which makes fast or secure: that which authenticates or ratifies: assurance: the water left standing in the trap of a drain or sewer, preventing the upward flow of gas: the sigil or signature of a plant, &c., in medieval medicine: the sign of the cross, baptism, confirmation, the ineffaceable character supposed to be left on the soul by some sacraments.—v.t. to fasten with a seal: to set a seal to: to mark with a stamp: to make fast: to confirm: to keep secure: to close the chinks of: to secure against an escape of air or gas by means of a dip-pipe: to accept: to sign with the cross, to baptise or confirm.—adj. Sealed, certified by a seal: inaccessible.—ns. Seal′-engrav′ing, the art of engraving seals; Seal′er, one who seals: an inspector of stamps; Seal′ing, confirmation by a seal; Seal′ing-day (Shak.), a day for sealing anything; Seal′ing-wax, wax for sealing letters, &c.—also Seal′-wax; Seal′-pipe, a dip-pipe; Seal′-press, a stamp bearing dies for embossing any device upon paper or lead; Seal′-ring (Shak.), a signet-ring; Seal′-wort, Solomon's seal.—Seal of the fisherman, the papal privy seal impressed on wax, representing St Peter fishing.—Great seal, the state seal of the United Kingdom; Leaden seal, a disc of lead pierced with two holes through which are passed the ends of a twisted wire; Privy Seal, the seal appended to grants, and in Scotland authenticating royal grants of personal rights; Set one's seal to, to give one's authority or assent to; Under seal, authenticated. [O. Fr. seel—L. sigillum, dim. of signum, a mark.]
sēl, n. the name commonly applied to all the Pinnipedia except the morse or walrus—carnivorous mammals adapted to a marine existence; the two great families are Phocidæ (without external ears) and Otariidæ (having distinct though small external ears): (her.) a bearing representing a creature something like a walrus.—v.t. to hunt seals.—ns. Seal′-bird, the slender-billed shear-water; Seal′er, a man or a ship engaged in the seal-fishery; Seal′ery, a seal-fishing station: seal-fishery; Seal′-flow′er, the bleeding heart; Seal′ing, Seal′-fish′ing, the act of catching seals; Seal′-rock′ery, a place where many seals breed; Seal′skin, the prepared fur of the fur-seal used for women's jackets, a garment made of this.—Sealskin cloth, a cloth made of mohair with a nap, and dyed to resemble the fur of the seal. [A.S. seolh; Ice. selr, Sw. själ.]
An aquatic animal created in a variety of species.
Some people love to go seal watching on the coasts of some countries.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'seal' in Nouns Frequency: #2288
Rank popularity for the word 'seal' in Verbs Frequency: #875
The numerical value of seal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of seal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It's like a seal of approval.
It’s like a seal of approval.
Who knows -- that might be the night we seal the nomination.
A strong jobs report will probably seal a December rate hike.
Your cuticles help seal the nail and keep out bacteria and fungus.
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Translations for seal
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- فقمة, ختمArabic
- foca, segell, segellarCatalan, Valencian
- tuleň, pečeť, lachtanCzech
- Dichtung, Seehund, Petschaft, Robbe, SiegelGerman
- σφραγίζω, σφράγισμα, σφραγίδα, στεγανοποίηση, φώκιαGreek
- foko, sigeloEsperanto
- empaquetadura, zapatilla, empaque, foca, sello, sellar, junta, cierreSpanish
- فک, مهرPersian
- sinetöidä, sulkea, tiiviste, leima, sinetti, hylje, tiivistää, tiiviys, hylkeitäFinnish
- cacheter, phoque, sceau, sceller, jointFrench
- ròn, seulaScottish Gaelic
- foca, selo, selarGalician
- fóka, pecsétHungarian
- կնքել, ծովաշուն, փոկ, կնիքArmenian
- anjing laut, lambang, tutup, segelIndonesian
- innsigla, selur, innsigliIcelandic
- interdire, sancire, chiudere, otaria, guarnizione, piombare, chiudere ermeticamente, sigillo, suggellare, sigillare, bollo, isolare, timbro, recintare, focaItalian
- 封印, 海豹, 印章, 璽, アザラシ, 判, 封緘, 封Japanese
- puisiKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- 물개, 물범, 도장Korean
- phoca, sigillumLatin
- SéihondLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- фока, запечатуваMacedonian
- انجيڠ لاءوت, anjing laut, sil, سيلMalay
- sluiting, verzegelen, verzegeling, zegel, zeehondDutch
- seglNorwegian Nynorsk
- sel, forsegling, seglNorwegian
- przypieczętować, uszczelka, foka, pieczęć, uszczelnienie, plomba, zaplombowaćPolish
- vedação, selo de segurança, selar, vedar, timbre, interditar, foca, selo, sinetePortuguese
- tgaun da mar, foca, tgàn marin, chaun da marRomansh
- сальник, запечатывать, печать, уплотнение, тюлень, герметизация, прокладка, уплотнитель, закрыватьRussian
- tuljan, пѐчат, pèčatSerbo-Croatian
- zapečatiti, pečat, tjulenj, zatesnitiSlovene
- sigill, sälSwedish
- тюлень, печатьUkrainian
- dấu niêmVietnamese
- jifuk, jirob, fuk, meladogül, rob, melahidog, melajidog, meladog, hifuk, hirobVolapük
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