seal


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seal \Seal\ (s[=e]l), n. [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.
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   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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seal \Seal\, n. [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, n., 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.
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   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.
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            Till thou canst rail the seal from off my bond
            Thou but offend'st thy lungs to speak so loud.
                                                  --Shak.
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   3. That which seals or fastens; esp., the wax or wafer placed
      on a letter or other closed paper, etc., to fasten it.
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   4. That which confirms, ratifies, or makes stable; that which
      authenticates; that which secures; assurance. "Under the
      seal of silence." --Milton.
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            Like a red seal is the setting sun
            On the good and the evil men have done.
                                                  --Longfellow.
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   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.
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   Great seal. See under Great.

   Privy seal. See under Privy, a.

   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, a.

   Seal ring, a ring having a seal engraved on it, or
      ornamented with a device resembling a seal; a signet ring.
      --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seal \Seal\, v. t. [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.
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            And with my hand I seal my true heart's love.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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.
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   3. To fasten with a seal; to attach together with a wafer,
      wax, or other substance causing adhesion; as, to seal a
      letter.
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   4. Hence, to shut close; to keep close; to make fast; to keep
      secure or secret.
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            Seal up your lips, and give no words but "mum".
                                                  --Shak.
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   5. To fix, as a piece of iron in a wall, with cement,
      plaster, or the like. --Gwilt.
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   6. To close by means of a seal; as, to seal a drainpipe with
      water. See 2d Seal, 5.
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   7. Among the Mormons, to confirm or set apart as a second or
      additional wife. [Utah, U.S.]
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            If a man once married desires a second helpmate . .
            . she is sealed to him under the solemn sanction of
            the church.                           --H.
                                                  Stansbury.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Seal \Seal\, v. i.
   To affix one's seal, or a seal. [Obs.]
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         I will seal unto this bond.              --Shak.
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