- See under bud1(def 1a).
- a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage (leaf bud), the rudimentary inflorescence (flower bud), or both (mixed bud).
- an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
- Zoology. (in certain animals of low organization) a prominence that develops into a new individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent and sometimes becoming detached; gemma.
- Mycology. a small, rounded outgrowth produced from a fungus spore or cell by a process of asexual reproduction, eventually separating from the parent cell as a new individual: commonly produced by yeast and a few other fungi.
- Anatomy. any small rounded part.
- an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
- Slang. marijuana, especially potent marijuana from the buds, or flowering tops, of the hemp plant.
verb (used without object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
- to put forth or produce buds.
- to begin to develop.
- to be in an early stage of development.
verb (used with object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
- to cause to bud.
- Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
- in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state: a Shakespeare in the bud.Also in bud.
- nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development: The rebellion was nipped in the bud.
- a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
- a partially opened flower
- (in combination)rosebud
- any small budlike outgrowthtaste buds
- something small or immature
- an asexually produced outgrowth in simple organisms, such as yeasts, and the hydra that develops into a new individual
- a slang word for marijuana
- in bud at the stage of producing buds
- nip in the bud to put an end to (an idea, movement, etc) in its initial stages
verb buds, budding or budded
- (intr) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
- (intr) to begin to develop or grow
- (tr) horticulture to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
- informal, mainly US short for buddy
n.late 14c., budde, origin unknown, perhaps from Old French boter “push forward, thrust,” itself a Germanic word (cf. Dutch bot “bud,” Old Saxon budil “bag, purse,” German Beutel), or perhaps from Old English budd “beetle.” v.c.1400; see bud (n.). Related: Budded; budding. n.
- A small, rounded anatomical structure or organic part, such as a taste bud.
- An asexual reproductive structure, as in yeast or a hydra, that consists of an outgrowth capable of developing into a new individual.
- To put forth or cause to put forth buds.
- To reproduce asexually by forming a bud.
- A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three.♦ Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch.♦ Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds, occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem).♦ Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.
- A small rounded outgrowth on an asexually reproducing organism, such as a yeast or hydra, that is capable of developing into a new individual. See more at budding.
- A tiny part or structure, such as a taste bud, that is shaped like a plant bud.
- To form or produce a bud or buds.
see nip in the bud.