Meaning of bud
— n., v., bud•ded, bud•ding.
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- any small rounded part.
- an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
- in an immature or undeveloped state: a Shakespeare in the bud.
- to stop (something) in the beginning of its development: The rebellion was nipped in the bud.
- to put forth or produce buds.
- to begin to develop.
- to be in an early stage of development.
- to cause to bud.
- to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
- brother; buddy (used in informal address, as to one's brother or to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).
- a male given name.
- bud (Thesaurus)