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SEAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does SEAL mean? 

SEAL (noun)
  The noun SEAL has 9 senses:

1. fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters
2. a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents
3. the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal
4. a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare
5. a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it)
6. an indication of approved or superior status
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

  Familiarity information: SEAL used as a noun is familiar.


SEAL (verb)
  The verb SEAL has 6 senses:

1. close with or as if with a seal
2. make tight; secure against leakage
3. decide irrevocably
4. affix a seal to
5. cover with varnish
6. hunt seals

  Familiarity information: SEAL used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEAL (noun)


Sense 1seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sealing wax; seal

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

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)

Meronyms (substance of "seal"):

lac (resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects; used in e.g. varnishes and sealing wax)


Sense 2seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

seal; stamp

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

device (any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seal"):

signet (a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially))

handstamp; rubber stamp (a stamp (usually made of rubber) for imprinting a mark or design by hand)

great seal (the principal seal of a government, symbolizing authority or sovereignty)

cachet (a seal on a letter)

bulla (the round leaden seal affixed to a papal bull)


Sense 3seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

sealskin; seal

Context example:

a coat of seal

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

fur; pelt (the dressed hairy coat of a mammal)


Sense 4SEAL [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Navy SEAL; SEAL

Context example:

SEAL is an acronym for Sea Air and Land

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

bluejacket; navy man; sailor; sailor boy (a serviceman in the navy)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Holonyms ("SEAL" is a member of...):

Naval Special Warfare; NSW (the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare)


Sense 5seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the warrant bore the sheriff's seal

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

impression; stamp (a symbol that is the result of printing)


Sense 6seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An indication of approved or superior status

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cachet; seal of approval; seal

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

accolade; award; honor; honour; laurels (a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction)


Sense 7seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A finishing coat applied to exclude moisture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

coat; coating (a thin layer covering something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seal"):

undercoat; underseal (seal consisting of a coating of a tar or rubberlike material on the underside of a motor vehicle to retard corrosion)


Sense 8seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seal"):

washer (seal consisting of a flat disk placed to prevent leakage)

piston ring (seal consisting of a split metal ring that seals the gap between a piston and the cylinder wall)

gasket (seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint)

break seal (a seal that must be broken when first used and cannot easily be resealed)


Sense 9seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

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

pinnatiped; pinniped; pinniped mammal (aquatic carnivorous mammal having a streamlined body specialized for swimming with limbs modified as flippers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "seal"):

crab-eating seal; crabeater seal (silvery grey Antarctic seal subsisting on crustaceans)

eared seal (pinniped mammal having external ear flaps and hind limbs used for locomotion on land; valued for its soft underfur)

earless seal; hair seal; true seal (any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers)


SEAL (verb)


Sense 1seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Close with or as if with a seal

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

She sealed the letter with hot wax

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

close; fill up (fill or stop up)

"Seal" entails doing...:

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

unseal (break the seal of)


Sense 2seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make tight; secure against leakage

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

seal off; seal

Context example:

seal the windows

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

close; shut (move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seal"):

reseal (seal again)

waterproof (make watertight)

calk; caulk (seal with caulking)

pack (seal with packing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to seal the doors


Sense 3seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decide irrevocably

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

sealing dooms

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

decide; determine; make up one's mind (reach, make, or come to a decision about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 4seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affix a seal to

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

seal the letter

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

affix; stick on (attach to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cover with varnish

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

varnish; seal

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

coat; surface (put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "seal"):

shellac; shellack (cover with shellac)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6seal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hunt seals

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "seal" is one way to...):

hunt; hunt down; run; track down (pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

In the summer they like to go out and seal


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