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Definitions for seal
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word seal.
sealing wax, sealnoun
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, SEALnoun
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 approvalnoun
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 offverb
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
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The seacalf. See Seacalf.
Etymology: seol, sele , Saxon; seel, Danish
The seal or soyle is in make and growth not unlike a pig, ugly faced, and footed like a moldwarp: he delighteth in musick, or any loud noise, and thereby is trained to shew himself above water: they also come on land. Carew.
An island salt and bare,
The haunt of seals and orcs, and seamaws clang. John Milton.
Etymology: sigel , Saxon; sigillum, Latin
The king commands you
To render up the great seal. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
If the organs of perception, like wax overhardened with cold, will not receive the impression of the seal; or, like wax of a temper too soft, will not hold it; or else supposing the wax of a temper fit, but the seal not applied with a sufficient force to make a clear impression: in any of these cases the print left by the seal will be obscure. John Locke.
His grandsire wore about his neck
In three seal rings, which after, melted down,
Form’d a vast buckle for his widow’s gown. Alexander Pope.
’Till thou can’st rail the seal from off my bond,
Thou but offend’st thy lungs to speak so loud. William Shakespeare.
Solyman shewed him his own letters, asking him if he knew not that hand, and if he knew not that seal. Richard Knolles.
He saw his monkey picking the seal wax from a letter. Arb.
They their fill of love
Took largely, of their mutual guilt the seal. John Milton.
Etymology: from the noun.
He that brings this love to thee.
Little knows this love in me;
And by him seal up thy mind. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
I have seen her rise from her bed, take forth paper, fold it, write upon’t, and afterwards seal it. William Shakespeare.
God join’d my heart to Romeo’s; thou our hands;
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo seal’d,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall slay them both. William Shakespeare.
My soul is purg’d from grudging hate,
And with my hand I seal our true hearts love. William Shakespeare, R. III.
When I have performed this, and sealed to them this fruit, I will come into Spain. Rom. xv. 28.
Seal up your lips, and give no words, but mum! William Shakespeare.
At my death
Thou hast seal’d up my expectation. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.
The root of evil is sealed up from you. 2 Esdr. viii. 53.
The sense is like the sun; for the sun seals up the globe of heaven, and opens the globe of earth: so the sense doth obscure heavenly things, and reveals earthly things. Francis Bacon.
Back to th’ infernal pit I drag thee chain’d,
And seal thee so, as henceforth not to scorn
The facil gates of hell too slightly barr’d. John Milton.
You’d rail upon the hostess,
And say you would present her at the leet,
Because she bought stone jugs, and no seal’d quarts. William Shakespeare.
To fix a seal.
I will seal unto this bond. William Shakespeare.
We make a sure covenant and write it, and our princes and priests seal unto it. Neh. ix. 38.
The United States Navy Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) Teams, commonly known as Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command. Among the SEALs' main functions are conducting small-unit special operation missions in maritime, jungle, urban, arctic, mountainous, and desert environments. SEALs are typically ordered to capture or to kill high level targets, or to gather intelligence behind enemy lines.All active SEALs are members of the U.S. Navy. The CIA's highly secretive and elite Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits operators from SEAL Teams, with joint operations going back to the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War. This cooperation still exists today, as evidenced by military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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
Etymology: [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.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
[from the Anglo-Saxon seolh]. The well-known marine piscivorous animal.
An aquatic animal created in a variety of species.
Some people love to go seal watching on the coasts of some countries.
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Seal is ranked #3797 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Seal surname appeared 9,316 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Seal.
91% or 8,481 total occurrences were White.
2.2% or 210 total occurrences were Black.
2% or 194 total occurrences were Asian.
2% or 193 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.6% or 156 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 82 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'seal' in Nouns Frequency: #2288
Rank popularity for the word 'seal' in Verbs Frequency: #875
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The numerical value of seal in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of seal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of seal in a Sentence
It’s like a seal of approval.
It’s like the seventh seal of hell out there this year. Because we’ve never experienced this before and no one ever has in recording anything having to do with the seas ever has seen anything like this, i don’t think it was fit for man or beast out there, but we were still there and that’s what makes it entertaining.
As Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh said, the commanders on the ground know best when it comes to maintaining combat readiness, in this case, a Navy SEAL commander with decades of experience says kicking out his troops hurts our military worse than COVID ever could. America is now learning that the Pentagon bureaucrats are wildly out of touch with reality.
The gripper has got a sensor inside it so it can sense the pressure of the vacuum tubes as they close around the fruit. And by only applying a vacuum to the ones that gripped, the ones where there's a seal, we can spread the pressure across the fruit so we're not bruising it but we still apply a consistent pressure that allows us to pick up heavier objects.
Back in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, they remember him as the driven kid, a football player and wrestler who always wanted to be a SEAL.
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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
- नाकाबंदी करनाHindi
- 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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