Seal meaning

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Leather made from the hide of one of these animals.
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Seal is defined as to close something shut.

An example of seal is to lick an envelope and close it.

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An indication or symbol regarded as guaranteeing or authenticating something.

The choral director gave the program his seal of approval.

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To affix a seal to (something) in order to prove authenticity, accuracy, or quality.
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To establish or determine irrevocably.

Our fate was sealed.

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To make (a marriage, for example) eternally binding; solemnize forever.
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Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, found chiefly in cold regions and having a sleek torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers.
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The pelt or fur of one of these animals, especially a fur seal.
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To hunt seals.
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A design, initial, or other device placed on a letter, document, etc., as a mark of genuineness or authenticity: letters were, esp. formerly, closed with a wafer of molten wax into which was pressed the distinctive seal of the sender.
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A stamp, signet ring, etc., or the signet itself, used in making such a design.
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A wax wafer, piece of paper, etc. bearing the impression of some official design and used as to authenticate a signature or document.
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Anything that confirms, authenticates, or guarantees; pledge.
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An indication; sign; token.

A handshake as a seal of friendship.

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The standing water in the trap of a drainpipe, that seals off sewer gases.
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An ornamental stamp placed on envelopes, packages, etc.

A Christmas seal.

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To mark with a seal; fix a seal to.
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To secure the contents of (a letter, envelope, etc.), orig. by closing with a sealed wax wafer, now usually with mucilage, tape, or a gummed flap.
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To confirm or authenticate (a document, etc.) by marking with a seal.
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To attest to or confirm the truth or genuineness of (a promise, bargain, etc.)
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To certify as being accurate, exact, of a given size, quality, capacity, etc. by fixing a stamp or seal to.
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To grant, assign, or designate with a seal, pledge, etc.
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To settle, determine, or decide finally or irrevocably.

To seal one's fate.

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To bring (a plug and jack) into full, interlocking contact.
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To bar public examination of.

To seal the transcript of the testimony.

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To solemnize (a marriage) for eternity in a church rite.
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Any of two families (Otariidae and Phocidae) of sea carnivores with a doglike head, a torpedo-shaped body, and four webbed feet or flippers: they typically live in cold or temperate waters and usually eat fish.
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Leather made from sealskin.
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To hunt seals.
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A member of a special U.S. Navy combat unit trained for sea, air, or land commando operations.
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Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers. Seals live chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and, like walruses, are pinnipeds.
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In common law, an impression in wax, wafer, or other substance put on a document and attesting to its authenticity; a similar impression placed over the edge of an envelope, its unbroken condition indicating that the envelope is unopened, hence its contents are untampered with. A corporation’s seal is at times called a common seal. the act of placing an impression upon an envelope or document to designate that it is undisturbed, the act of closing.
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A pinniped, particularly an earless seal (true seal) or eared seal.

The seals in the harbor looked better than they smelled.

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(intransitive) To hunt seals.

They're organizing a protest against sealing.

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A stamp used to impress a design on a soft substance such as wax.
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An impression of a stamp on wax or paper.
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Anything that secures or authenticates.
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Something which will be visibly damaged if a covering or container is opened, and which may or may not bear an official design.

The result was declared invalid, as the seal on the meter had been broken.

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Confirmation or an indication of confirmation.

Her clothes always had her mom's seal of approval.

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Something designed to prevent liquids or gases from leaking through a joint.

The canister is leaking. I think the main seal needs to be replaced.

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To prevent people or vehicles from crossing (something).

The border has been sealed until the fugitives are found.

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To close securely to prevent leakage.

I've sealed the bottle to keep the contents fresh.

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To place in a sealed container.

I've sealed the documents in this envelope.

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(chess) To place a notation of one's next move in a sealed envelope to be opened after an adjournment.

After thinking for half an hour, the champion sealed his move.

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The last-minute goal sealed United's win.

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To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement or plaster, etc.

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To close by means of a seal.

To seal a drainpipe with water.

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(Mormonism) To confirm or set apart as a second or additional wife.
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(dialectal) To tie up animals (especially cattle) in their stalls.
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Sea, Air, Land (used as a name of a military unit)
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A member of the Navy SEALs.
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The definition of a seal is a design pressed into wax or a marine mammal that lives and swims in cold waters.

An example of seal is a college's official stamp.

An example of seal is a harp seal.

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A tight closure, secure against leakage.

Close the lid tightly to get a good seal.

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To place a seal on (a document).
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To mark with a stamp, as an evidence of standard exactness, legal size, or merchantable quality.

To seal weights and measures; to seal silverware.

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To fasten (something) so that it cannot be opened without visible damage.

The cover is sealed. If anyone tries to open it, we'll know about it.

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A design or insignia usually associated with an organization or an official role.

The front of the podium bore the presidential seal.

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(one's) lips are sealed
  • Used to indicate that one will not disclose a piece of information.
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under seal
  • Having an impression or emblem attesting to a document's authenticity and reliability.
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seal off
  • To close completely.
  • To enclose or surround (an area, etc.) with barriers, a cordon, etc.
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set one's seal to
  • To mark with one's seal.
  • To endorse; approve.
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under (one's) seal
  • In a document authenticated by one's seal.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

set one's seal to
under (one's) seal

Origin of seal

  • Middle English die or signet for stamping an impression from Old French seel from Vulgar Latin sigellum from Latin sigillum diminutive of signum sign, seal sekw-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English sele from Old English seolh
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English sele, from an inflectional form of Old English seolh, from Proto-Germanic *selhaz (compare North Frisian selich, Middle Dutch seel, zÄ“le, Old High German selah, Danish sæl, Middle Low German sale), either from Proto-Indo-European *selk, *solk 'to pull' (compare dialectal English sullow 'plough') or from Finno-Ugric *šülke (compare dialectal Finnish hylki, standard hylje, Estonian hüljes). More at sullow.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Anglo-Norman, from Old French seel, from Latin sigillum, a diminutive of signum (“sign")
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old English sÇ£lan (“to bind").
    From Wiktionary