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GERMINATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does germination mean? 

GERMINATION (noun)
  The noun GERMINATION has 2 senses:

1. the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow
2. the origin of some development

  Familiarity information: GERMINATION used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GERMINATION (noun)


Sense 1germination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

germination; sprouting

Hypernyms ("germination" is a kind of...):

development; growing; growth; maturation; ontogenesis; ontogeny ((biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level)


Sense 2germination [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The origin of some development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the germination of their discontent

Hypernyms ("germination" is a kind of...):

inception; origin; origination (an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events)


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