7 letter word starting with se

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
sea ape The thrasher shark., The sea otter.
sea-bar noun A tern.
sea bat See Batfish (a).
seaboat A boat or vessel adapted to the open sea; hence, a vessel considered with reference to her power of resisting a storm, or maintaining herself in a heavy sea; as, a good sea boat., A chitin.
seabord noun & adjective See Seaboard.
sea bow See Marine rainbow, under Rainbow.
sea boy A boy employed on shipboard.
sea bug A chiton.
sea cat The wolf fish., Any marine siluroid fish, as Aelurichthys marinus, and Arinus felis, of the eastern coast of the United States. Many species are found on the coasts of Central and South America.
sea cob The black-backed gull.
sea cow The mantee., The dugong., The walrus.
sea dog The dogfish., The common seal., An old sailor; a salt.
sea-ear noun Any species of ear-shaped shells of the genus Haliotis. See Abalone.
sea eel The conger eel.
sea egg A sea urchin.
sea fan Any gorgonian which branches in a fanlike form, especially Gorgonia flabellum of Florida and the West Indies.
sea fir A sertularian hydroid, especially Sertularia abietina, which branches like a miniature fir tree.
sea fox The thrasher shark. See Thrasher.
seagirt adjective Surrounded by the water of the sea or ocean; as, a seagirt isle.
sea god A marine deity; a fabulous being supposed to live in, or have dominion over, the sea, or some particular sea or part of the sea, as Neptune.
sea hen the common guillemot; — applied also to various other sea birds.
sea hog The porpoise.
seaming present participle & vb. noun of Seam, The act or process of forming a seam or joint., The cord or rope at the margin of a seine, to which the meshes of the net are attached.
seamark noun Any elevated object on land which serves as a guide to mariners; a beacon; a landmark visible from the sea, as a hill, a tree, a steeple, or the like.
sea mat Any bryozoan of the genus Flustra or allied genera which form frondlike corals.
sea maw The sea mew.
sea mew A gull; the mew.
sea mud A rich slimy deposit in salt marshes and along the seashore, sometimes used as a manure; — called also sea ooze.
sea-orb noun A globefish.
sea owl The lumpfish.
sea pad The puffin.
sea-pen noun A pennatula.
sea pie The oyster catcher, a limicoline bird of the genus Haematopus., A dish of crust or pastry and meat or fish, etc., cooked together in alternate layers, — a common food of sailors; as, a three-decker sea pie.
sea pig A porpoise or dolphin., A dugong.
seaport noun A port on the seashore, or one accessible for seagoing vessels. Also used adjectively; as, a seaport town.
sea pye See 1st Sea pie.
searing present participle & vb. noun of Sear
sea rat A pirate., The chimaera.
searcer noun One who sifts or bolts., A searce, or sieve.
seasick adjective Affected with seasickness.
seaside noun The land bordering on, or adjacent to, the sea; the seashore. Also used adjectively.
seating present participle & vb. noun of Seat, The act of providong with a seat or seats; as, the seating of an audience., The act of making seats; also, the material for making seats; as, cane seating.
seawant noun The name used by the Algonquin Indians for the shell beads which passed among the Indians as money.
seawand See Sea girdles.
seaward adjective Directed or situated toward the sea., Toward the sea.
seaware noun Seaweed; esp., coarse seaweed. See Ware, and Sea girdles.
seaweed noun Popularly, any plant or plants growing in the sea., Any marine plant of the class Algae, as kelp, dulse, Fucus, Ulva, etc.
seawife noun A European wrasse (Labrus vetula).
sebacic adjective Of or pertaining to fat; derived from, or resembling, fat; specifically, designating an acid (formerly called also sebic, and pyroleic, acid), obtained by the distillation or saponification of certain oils (as castor oil) as a white crystalline substance.
secancy noun A cutting; an intersection; as, the point of secancy of one line by another.
seceded imp. & past participle of Secede
seceder noun One who secedes., One of a numerous body of Presbyterians in Scotland who seceded from the communion of the Established Church, about the year 1733, and formed the Secession Church, so called.
sechium noun The edible fruit of a West Indian plant (Sechium edule) of the Gourd family. It is soft, pear-shaped, and about four inches long, and contains a single large seed. The root of the plant resembles a yam, and is used for food.
seclude verb t. To shut up apart from others; to withdraw into, or place in, solitude; to separate from society or intercourse with others., To shut or keep out; to exclude.
secondo noun The second part in a concerted piece.
secrecy noun The state or quality of being hidden; as, his movements were detected in spite of their secrecy., That which is concealed; a secret., Seclusion; privacy; retirement., The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery.
secrely adverb Secretly.
secrete verb t. To deposit in a place of hiding; to hide; to conceal; as, to secrete stolen goods; to secrete one’s self., To separate from the blood and elaborate by the process of secretion; to elaborate and emit as a secretion. See Secretion.
sectant noun One of the portions of space bounded by the three coordinate planes. Specif. (Crystallog.), one of the parts of a crystal into which it is divided by the axial planes.
sectary noun A sectarian; a member or adherent of a sect; a follower or disciple of some particular teacher in philosophy or religion; one who separates from an established church; a dissenter.
sectile adjective Capable of being cut; specifically (Min.), capable of being severed by the knife with a smooth cut; — said of minerals.
section noun The act of cutting, or separation by cutting; as, the section of bodies., A part separated from something; a division; a portion; a slice., A distinct part or portion of a book or writing; a subdivision of a chapter; the division of a law or other writing; a paragraph; an article; hence, the character /, often used to denote such a division., A distinct part of a country or people, community, class, or the like; a part of a territory separated by geographical lines, or of a people considered as distinct., One of the portions, of one square mile each, into which the public lands of the United States are divided; one thirty-sixth part of a township. These sections are subdivided into quarter sections for sale under the homestead and preemption laws., The figure made up of all the points common to a superficies and a solid which meet, or to two superficies which meet, or to two lines which meet. In the first case the section is a superficies, in the second a line, and in the third a point., A division of a genus; a group of species separated by some distinction from others of the same genus; — often indicated by the sign /., A part of a musical period, composed of one or more phrases. See Phrase., The description or representation of anything as it would appear if cut through by any intersecting plane; depiction of what is beyond a plane passing through, or supposed to pass through, an object, as a building, a machine, a succession of strata; profile.
sectism noun Devotion to a sect.
sectist noun One devoted to a sect; a soetary.
secular adjective Coming or observed once in an age or a century., Pertaining to an age, or the progress of ages, or to a long period of time; accomplished in a long progress of time; as, secular inequality; the secular refrigeration of the globe., Of or pertaining to this present world, or to things not spiritual or holy; relating to temporal as distinguished from eternal interests; not immediately or primarily respecting the soul, but the body; worldly., Not regular; not bound by monastic vows or rules; not confined to a monastery, or subject to the rules of a religious community; as, a secular priest., Belonging to the laity; lay; not clerical., A secular ecclesiastic, or one not bound by monastic rules., A church official whose functions are confined to the vocal department of the choir., A layman, as distinguished from a clergyman.
secured imp. & past participle of Secure
securer noun One who, or that which, secures.
sedilia noun pl. Seats in the chancel of a church near the altar for the officiating clergy during intervals of service.
sedlitz adjective Same as Seidlitz.
seduced imp. & past participle of Seduce
seducer noun One who, or that which, seduces; specifically, one who prevails over the chastity of a woman by enticements and persuasions.
seeding present participle & vb. noun of Seed
seedbox noun A capsule., A plant (Ludwigia alternifolia) which has somewhat cubical or box-shaped capsules.
seedcod noun A seedlip.
seedlip noun Alt. of Seedlop
seedlop noun A vessel in which a sower carries the seed to be scattered.
seedman see Seedsman.
seeking present participle & vb. noun of Seek
seeling present participle & vb. noun of Seel, The rolling or agitation of a ship in a storm.
seelily adverb In a silly manner.
seeming present participle & vb. noun of Seem, Having a semblance, whether with or without reality; apparent; specious; befitting; as, seeming friendship; seeming truth., Appearance; show; semblance; fair appearance; speciousness., Apprehension; judgment.
seepage noun Alt. of Sipage
seeress noun A female seer; a prophetess.
seethed imp. of Seethe, of Seethe
seether noun A pot for boiling things; a boiler.
segment noun One of the parts into which any body naturally separates or is divided; a part divided or cut off; a section; a portion; as, a segment of an orange; a segment of a compound or divided leaf., A part cut off from a figure by a line or plane; especially, that part of a circle contained between a chord and an arc of that circle, or so much of the circle as is cut off by the chord; as, the segment acb in the Illustration., A piece in the form of the sector of a circle, or part of a ring; as, the segment of a sectional fly wheel or flywheel rim., A segment gear., One of the cells or division formed by segmentation, as in egg cleavage or in fissiparous cell formation., One of the divisions, rings, or joints into which many animal bodies are divided; a somite; a metamere; a somatome., To divide or separate into parts in growth; to undergo segmentation, or cleavage, as in the segmentation of the ovum.
segnity noun Sluggishness; dullness; inactivity.
seiches noun pl. Local oscillations in level observed in the case of some lakes, as Lake Geneva.
seining noun Fishing with a seine.
seismic adjective Alt. of Seismal
seismal adjective Of or pertaining to an earthquake; caused by an earthquake.
seizing present participle & vb. noun of Seize, The act of taking or grasping suddenly., The operation of fastening together or lashing., The cord or lashing used for such fastening.
seizure noun The act of seizing, or the state of being seized; sudden and violent grasp or gripe; a taking into possession; as, the seizure of a thief, a property, a throne, etc., Retention within one’s grasp or power; hold; possession; ownership., That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.
sejeant adjective Sitting, as a lion or other beast.
selenic adjective Of or pertaining to selenium; derived from, or containing, selenium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with selenious compounds.
selfish adjective Caring supremely or unduly for one’s self; regarding one’s own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others., Believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self.
selfism noun Concentration of one’s interests on one’s self; self-love; selfishness.
selfist noun A selfish person.
selling present participle & vb. noun of Sell
selvage noun Alt. of Selvedge
semilor noun A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc. See Simplor.
seminal adjective Pertaining to, containing, or consisting of, seed or semen; as, the seminal fluid., Contained in seed; holding the relation of seed, source, or first principle; holding the first place in a series of developed results or consequents; germinal; radical; primary; original; as, seminal principles of generation; seminal virtue., A seed.
semined adjective Thickly covered or sown, as with seeds.
semiped noun A half foot in poetry.
semitae plural of Semita
semitic adjective Of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs, Jews, and related races.
semivif adjective Only half alive.
semoule noun Same as Semolina.
semster noun A seamster.
senator noun A member of a senate., A member of the king’s council; a king’s councilor.
sending present participle & vb. noun of Send
senecas noun pl. A tribe of Indians who formerly inhabited a part of Western New York. This tribe was the most numerous and most warlike of the Five Nations.
senecio noun A very large genus of composite plants including the groundsel and the golden ragwort.
senegal noun Gum senegal. See under Gum.
senegin noun A substance extracted from the rootstock of the Polygala Senega (Seneca root), and probably identical with polygalic acid.
seniory noun Seniority.
sensate verb t. To feel or apprehend more or less distinctly through a sense, or the senses; as, to sensate light, or an odor., Alt. of Sensated
sensing present participle & vb. noun of Sense
sensism noun Same as Sensualism, 2 & 3.
sensist noun One who, in philosophy, holds to sensism.
sensive adjective Having sense or sensibility; sensitive.
sensery noun Same as Sensorium.
sensory adjective Of or pertaining to the sensorium or sensation; as, sensory impulses; — especially applied to those nerves and nerve fibers which convey to a nerve center impulses resulting in sensation; also sometimes loosely employed in the sense of afferent, to indicate nerve fibers which convey impressions of any kind to a nerve center.
sensual adjective Pertaining to, consisting in, or affecting, the sense, or bodily organs of perception; relating to, or concerning, the body, in distinction from the spirit., Hence, not spiritual or intellectual; carnal; fleshly; pertaining to, or consisting in, the gratification of the senses, or the indulgence of appetites; wordly., Devoted to the pleasures of sense and appetite; luxurious; voluptuous; lewd; libidinous., Pertaining or peculiar to the philosophical doctrine of sensualism.
sentery noun A sentry.
senteur noun Scent.
sentine noun A place for dregs and dirt; a sink; a sewer.
sepaled adjective Having one or more sepals.
seposit verb t. To set aside; to give up.
seppuku noun Same as Hara-kiri.
septane noun See Heptane.
septate adjective Divided by partition or partitions; having septa; as, a septate pod or shell.
septoic adjective See Heptoic.
septula plural of Septulum
septuor noun A septet.
sequela noun One who, or that which, follows., An adherent, or a band or sect of adherents., That which follows as the logical result of reasoning; inference; conclusion; suggestion., A morbid phenomenon left as the result of a disease; a disease resulting from another.
sequent adjective Following; succeeding; in continuance., Following as an effect; consequent., A follower., That which follows as a result; a sequence.
sequoia noun A genus of coniferous trees, consisting of two species, Sequoia Washingtoniana, syn. S. gigantea, the “big tree” of California, and S. sempervirens, the redwood, both of which attain an immense height.
seraphs plural of Seraph
serapis noun An Egyptian deity, at first a symbol of the Nile, and so of fertility; later, one of the divinities of the lower world. His worship was introduced into Greece and Rome.
serfage noun Alt. of Serfdom
serfdom noun The state or condition of a serf.
serfism noun Serfage.
seriate adjective Arranged in a series or succession; pertaining to a series.
sericin noun A gelatinous nitrogenous material extracted from crude silk and other similar fiber by boiling water; — called also silk gelatin.
seriema noun A large South American bird (Dicholophus, / Cariama cristata) related to the cranes. It is often domesticated. Called also cariama.
serious adjective Grave in manner or disposition; earnest; thoughtful; solemn; not light, gay, or volatile., Really intending what is said; being in earnest; not jesting or deceiving., Important; weighty; not trifling; grave., Hence, giving rise to apprehension; attended with danger; as, a serious injury.
serolin noun A peculiar fatty substance found in the blood, probably a mixture of fats, cholesterin, etc., A body found in fecal matter and thought to be formed in the intestines from the cholesterin of the bile; — called also stercorin, and stercolin.
serpens noun A constellation represented as a serpent held by Serpentarius.
serpent noun Any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia., Fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person., A species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground., The constellation Serpens., A bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone, formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes introduced into the orchestra; — so called from its form., To wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander., To wind; to encircle.
serpigo noun A dry, scaly eruption on the skin; especially, a ringworm.
serpula noun Any one of numerous species of tubicolous annelids of the genus Serpula and allied genera of the family Serpulidae. They secrete a calcareous tube, which is usually irregularly contorted, but is sometimes spirally coiled. The worm has a wreath of plumelike and often bright-colored gills around its head, and usually an operculum to close the aperture of its tube when it retracts.
serrate adjective Alt. of Serrated
serried adjective Crowded; compact; dense; pressed together., of Serry
serrous adjective Like the teeth off a saw; jagged.
serrula noun The red-breasted merganser.
servage noun Serfage; slavery; servitude.
servant noun One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper., One in a state of subjection or bondage., A professed lover or suitor; a gallant., To subject.
serving present participle & vb. noun of Serve, a. & n. from Serve.
servian adjective Of or pertaining to Servia, a kingdom of Southern Europe., A native or inhabitant of Servia.
service Alt. of Service, A name given to several trees and shrubs of the genus Pyrus, as Pyrus domestica and P. torminalis of Europe, the various species of mountain ash or rowan tree, and the American shad bush (see Shad bush, under Shad). They have clusters of small, edible, applelike berries., The act of serving; the occupation of a servant; the performance of labor for the benefit of another, or at another’s command; attendance of an inferior, hired helper, slave, etc., on a superior, employer, master, or the like; also, spiritual obedience and love., The deed of one who serves; labor performed for another; duty done or required; office., Office of devotion; official religious duty performed; religious rites appropriate to any event or ceremonial; as, a burial service., Hence, a musical composition for use in churches., Duty performed in, or appropriate to, any office or charge; official function; hence, specifically, military or naval duty; performance of the duties of a soldier., Useful office; advantage conferred; that which promotes interest or happiness; benefit; avail., Profession of respect; acknowledgment of duty owed., The act and manner of bringing food to the persons who eat it; order of dishes at table; also, a set or number of vessels ordinarily used at table; as, the service was tardy and awkward; a service of plate or glass., The act of bringing to notice, either actually or constructively, in such manner as is prescribed by law; as, the service of a subp/na or an attachment., The materials used for serving a rope, etc., as spun yarn, small lines, etc., The act of serving the ball., Act of serving or covering. See Serve, v. t., 13.
servile adjective Of or pertaining to a servant or slave; befitting a servant or a slave; proceeding from dependence; hence, meanly submissive; slavish; mean; cringing; fawning; as, servile flattery; servile fear; servile obedience., Held in subjection; dependent; enslaved., Not belonging to the original root; as, a servile letter., Not itself sounded, but serving to lengthen the preceeding vowel, as e in tune., An element which forms no part of the original root; — opposed to radical.
servite noun One of the order of the Religious Servants of the Holy Virgin, founded in Florence in 1223.
sesqui- A combining form (also used adjectively) denoting that three atoms or equivalents of the substance to the name of which it is prefixed are combined with two of some other element or radical; as, sesquibromide, sesquicarbonate, sesquichloride, sesquioxide.
sessile adjective Attached without any sensible projecting support., Resting directly upon the main stem or branch, without a petiole or footstalk; as, a sessile leaf or blossom., Permanently attached; — said of the gonophores of certain hydroids which never became detached.
session noun The act of sitting, or the state of being seated., The actual sitting of a court, council, legislature, etc., or the actual assembly of the members of such a body, for the transaction of business., Hence, also, the time, period, or term during which a court, council, legislature, etc., meets daily for business; or, the space of time between the first meeting and the prorogation or adjournment; thus, a session of Parliaments is opened with a speech from the throne, and closed by prorogation. The session of a judicial court is called a term.
sestine noun See Sextain.
sestuor noun A sestet.
setting present participle & vb. noun of Set, The act of one who, or that which, sets; as, the setting of type, or of gems; the setting of the sun; the setting (hardening) of moist plaster of Paris; the setting (set) of a current., The act of marking the position of game, as a setter does; also, hunting with a setter., Something set in, or inserted., That in which something, as a gem, is set; as, the gold setting of a jeweled pin.
setback noun Offset, n., 4., A backset; a countercurrent; an eddy., A backset; a check; a repulse; a reverse; a relapse.
setbolt noun An iron pin, or bolt, for fitting planks closely together., A bolt used for forcing another bolt out of its hole.
setdown noun The humbling of a person by act or words, especially by a retort or a reproof; the retort or the reproof which has such effect.
setfoil noun See Septfoil.
setiger noun An annelid having setae; a chaetopod.
setness noun The quality or state of being set; formality; obstinacy.
set-off noun That which is set off against another thing; an offset., That which is used to improve the appearance of anything; a decoration; an ornament., A counterclaim; a cross debt or demand; a distinct claim filed or set up by the defendant against the plaintiff’s demand., Same as Offset, n., 4., See Offset, 7.
settled imp. & past participle of Settle
settler noun One who settles, becomes fixed, established, etc., Especially, one who establishes himself in a new region or a colony; a colonist; a planter; as, the first settlers of New England., That which settles or finishes; hence, a blow, etc., which settles or decides a contest., A vessel, as a tub, in which something, as pulverized ore suspended in a liquid, is allowed to settle.
setulae plural of Setula
setwall noun A plant formerly valued for its restorative qualities (Valeriana officinalis, or V. Pyrenaica).
seventh adjective Next in order after the sixth;; coming after six others., Constituting or being one of seven equal parts into which anything is divided; as, the seventh part., One next in order after the sixth; one coming after six others., The quotient of a unit divided by seven; one of seven equal parts into which anything is divided., An interval embracing seven diatonic degrees of the scale., A chord which includes the interval of a seventh whether major, minor, or diminished.
seventy adjective Seven times ten; one more than sixty-nine., The sum of seven times ten; seventy units or objects., A symbol representing seventy units, as 70, or lxx.
severed imp. &. past participle of Sever
several adjective Separate; distinct; particular; single., Diverse; different; various., Consisting of a number more than two, but not very many; divers; sundry; as, several persons were present when the event took place., By itself; severally., Each particular taken singly; an item; a detail; an individual., Persons oe objects, more than two, but not very many., An inclosed or separate place; inclosure.
sewster noun A seamstress.
sexifid adjective Six-cleft; as, a sexfid calyx or nectary.
sexless adjective Having no sex.
sextain noun A stanza of six lines; a sestine.
sextans noun A Roman coin, the sixth part of an as., A constellation on the equator south of Leo; the Sextant.
sextant noun The sixth part of a circle., An instrument for measuring angular distances between objects, — used esp. at sea, for ascertaining the latitude and longitude. It is constructed on the same optical principle as Hadley’s quadrant, but usually of metal, with a nicer graduation, telescopic sight, and its arc the sixth, and sometimes the third, part of a circle. See Quadrant., The constellation Sextans.
sextary noun An ancient Roman liquid and dry measure, about equal to an English pint., A sacristy.
sexteyn noun A sacristan.
sextile adjective Measured by sixty degrees; fixed or indicated by a distance of sixty degrees., The aspect or position of two planets when distant from each other sixty degrees, or two signs. This position is marked thus: /.
semious adjective Of or pertaining to the Sim/; monkeylike.