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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Seal \Seal\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sealing}.] [OE. selen; cf. OF. seeler, seieler, F. sceller, LL. sigillare. See {Seal} a stamp.]

1. To set or affix a seal to; hence, to authenticate; to confirm; to ratify; to establish; as, to seal a deed.

And with my hand I seal my true heart's love. --Shak.

2. 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.

3. To fasten with a seal; to attach together with a wafer, wax, or other substance causing adhesion; as, to seal a letter.

4. Hence, to shut close; to keep close; to make fast; to keep secure or secret.

Seal up your lips, and give no words but "mum". --Shak.

5. To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement, plaster, or the like. --Gwilt.

6. To close by means of a seal; as, to seal a drainpipe with water. See 2d {Seal}, 5.

7. Among the Mormons, to confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife. [Utah, U.S.]

If a man once married desires a second helpmate . . . she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of the church. --H. Stansbury.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Seal \Seal\, noun [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign, figure, or image. See {Sign}, noun, and cf. {Sigil}.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud. --Shak.

3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it.

4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which authenticates; that which secures; assurance. "Under the seal of silence." --Milton.

Like a red seal is the setting sun On the good and the evil men have done. --Longfellow.

5. 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.

{Great seal}. See under {Great}.

{Privy seal}. See under {Privy}, adjective

{Seal lock}, a lock in which the keyhole is covered by a seal in such a way that the lock can not be opened without rupturing the seal.

{Seal manual}. See under {Manual}, adjective

{Seal ring}, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Seal \Seal\ (s[=e]l), noun [OE. sele, AS. seolh; akin to OHG. selah, Dan. sael, Sw. sj[aum]l, Icel. selr.] (Zool.) Any aquatic carnivorous mammal of the families {Phocidae} and {Otariidae}.

Note: Seals inhabit seacoasts, and are found principally in the higher latitudes of both hemispheres. There are numerous species, bearing such popular names as {sea lion}, {sea leopard}, {sea bear}, or {ursine seal}, {fur seal}, and {sea elephant}. The bearded seal ({Erignathus barbatus}), the hooded seal ({Cystophora cristata}), and the ringed seal ({Phoca foetida}), are northern species. See also {Eared seal}, {Harp seal}, {Monk seal}, and {Fur seal}, under {Eared}, {Harp}, {Monk}, and {Fur}. Seals are much hunted for their skins and fur, and also for their oil, which in some species is very abundant.

{Harbor seal} (Zool.), the common seal ({Phoca vitulina}). It inhabits both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean, and often ascends rivers; -- called also {marbled seal}, {native seal}, {river seal}, {bay seal}, {land seal}, {sea calf}, {sea cat}, {sea dog}, {dotard}, {ranger}, {selchie}, {tangfish}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Seal \Seal\, verb (used without an object) To affix one's seal, or a seal. [Obs.]

I will seal unto this bond. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

seal

noun

1: fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters [syn: {sealing wax}, {seal}]

2: a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents [syn: {seal}, {stamp}]

3: the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal; "a coat of seal" [syn: {seal}, {sealskin}]

4: a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare; "SEAL is an acronym for Sea Air and Land" [syn: {Navy SEAL}, {SEAL}]

5: a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it); "the warrant bore the sheriff's seal"

6: an indication of approved or superior status [syn: {cachet}, {seal}, {seal of approval}]

7: a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture

8: fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure

9: any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions

verb

1: make tight; secure against leakage; "seal the windows" [syn: {seal}, {seal off}]

2: close with or as if with a seal; "She sealed the letter with hot wax" [ant: {unseal}]

3: decide irrevocably; "sealing dooms"

4: affix a seal to; "seal the letter"

5: cover with varnish [syn: {varnish}, {seal}]

6: hunt seals


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