bud1(bud),USA pronunciationn., v.,bud•ded, bud•ding. n.
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.
Fungi[Mycol.]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.
Anatomyany small rounded part.
an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
Idiomsin the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state:a Shakespeare in the bud.Also, in bud.
Idiomsnip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development:The rebellion was nipped in the bud.
Botanyto put forth or produce buds.
to begin to develop.
to be in an early stage of development.
Botanyto cause to bud.
Botany[Hort.]to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
bud′der,n. bud′less,adj. bud′like′,adj.
1350–1400; Middle English budde bud, spray, pod; akin to German Hagebutte hip, Old Norse budda purse, dialect, dialectal Swedish bodd head, Dutch buidel bag, purse, Middle Low German buddich swollen
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).