Results for: seal
1. a device impressed on a piece of wax, moist clay, etc., fixed to a letter, document, etc., as a mark of authentication
2. a stamp, ring, etc., engraved with a device to form such an impression
3. a substance, esp wax, so placed over an envelope, document, etc., that it must be broken before the object can be opened or used
4. any substance or device used to close or fasten tightly
5. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a material, such as putty or cement, that is used to close an opening to prevent the passage of air, water, etc.
6. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a small amount of water contained in the trap of a drain to prevent the passage of foul smells
7. an agent or device for keeping something hidden or secret
8. anything that gives a pledge or confirmation
9. a decorative stamp often sold in aid of charity
10. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church Also called seal of confession the obligation never to reveal anything said by a penitent in confession
set ones seal on (or to)
a. to mark with ones sign or seal
b. to endorse
1. to affix a seal to, as proof of authenticity
2. to stamp with or as if with a seal
3. to approve or authorize
4. (sometimes foll by up) to close or secure with or as if with a seal to seal ones lips seal up a letter
5. (foll by off) to enclose (a place) with a fence, wall, etc.
6. to decide irrevocably
7. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) Mormon Church to make (a marriage or adoption) perpetually binding
8. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) to close tightly so as to render airtight or watertight
9. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) to paint (a porous material) with a nonporous coating
10. (Engineering / Civil Engineering) Austral and NZ to consolidate (a road surface) with bitumen, tar, etc.
[C13 seel, from Old French, from Latin sigillum little figure, from signum a sign]
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any pinniped mammal of the families Otariidae (see eared seal) and Phocidae (see earless seal) that are aquatic but come on shore to breed Related adjs otarid, phocine
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Animals) any earless seal (family Phocidae), esp the common or harbour seal or the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
3. (Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Textiles) sealskin
(Individual Sports & Recreations / Hunting) (intr) to hunt for seals
[Old English seolh; related to Old Norse selr, Old High German selah, Old Irish selige tortoise]
seal /sil/ n. 1 part of a lid or opening that must be broken or torn off to reach inside a container: We broke the seal on the new aspirin bottle. 2 a tight, perfect closure: The tube had a seal so air couldnt escape. 3 symbols or words pressed into wax, clay, paper, etc. to show that s.t. is approved or official: We have a letter with the princes seal. 4 a brown water animal with flippers that lives in cold areas: They saw many seals off the coast of Alaska. 5 seal of approval: permission or agreement of s.o.: My parents gave their seal of approval to my living alone.
v. [T] 1 to close s.t. firmly: Please seal the envelope and mail it. 2 to reach final agreement: We sealed a plan to build five new houses. 3 phrasal v. sep. to seal s.o. or s.t. in: to prevent from escaping: The prison seals in inmates from 8 P.M. to 8 A.M.||It seals them in. 4 phrasal v. sep. to seal s.t. off: to keep an area secure and not let anyone in or out: The police sealed off the area where the burglary happened.