- 1A wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants: keep the seedlings clear of weedsMore example sentences
- Write down which plants were infected with diseases and where the weeds grew most.
- Typically, herbicides are applied only to the strip of ground directly under the vine, and weeds growing between the rows are controlled by cultivation or mowing.
- There are several small varieties that grow wild as weeds in North America.
- 1.1 [mass noun] Any wild plant growing in salt or fresh water: at the far side of the beach the rocks began, some humped with brown weedMore example sentences
- The weed impedes water's natural flow and can destroy native communities of aquatic plants and animals.
- There's plenty of weed growing around them, and although not particularly pleasant to look at, among its folds you will see plenty of hovering juvenile pike.
- The west bank is more sandy and shallow with weed growing, and the opposite bank more rocky and deeper.
- 1.2 [mass noun] • informal Cannabis.More example sentences
- You may have heard it called marijuana, weed or hash but it is still cannabis, a natural drug that comes from a plant.
- He never touched weed, cocaine or anything else.
- On Villa Road there are kids selling crack, weed and cocaine.
- 1.3 (the weed) • informal Tobacco: smokers are advised to eat more fruit, as the weed can increase the risk of gastric cancerMore example sentences
- But the first time these two came into contact with each other, they had to share the spotlight with, yes, the weed, tobacco.
- Do addicts of the demon weed, tobacco, experience increased pleasure from life as a result of smoking tobacco?
- 2British • informal A contemptibly feeble person: he thought party games were for weeds and wetsMore example sentences
- ‘I have always been a bit of a weed, to be honest, and I am always being told to try weight training and go to a gym,’ he said.
- ‘Well, some thought he was a bit of a weed, but he doesn't come around anymore,’ he quipped.
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- 1Remove unwanted plants from (an area of ground): I was weeding a flower bedMore example sentences
- Once an area is weeded, a deep mulch will go some way towards stopping weeds from reappearing.
- The group cleared and cleaned the pond, weeded the area, pruned the shrubs, fertilised the soil and planted out bedding plants.
- I'd worked through worse weather weeding the fields and it wasn't that cold.
- 2 (weed someone/thing out) Remove an inferior or unwanted component of a group or collection: we must raise the level of research and weed out the poorest workMore example sentences
- Incompetent and dangerous laboratories would be weeded out and further tragedies like these minimized.
- Of course there is no easy way of weeding them out.
- It would also fund the hiring of 10,000 new Department of Homeland Security personnel dedicated to weeding illegal immigrants out of the workforce and an additional 1,000 for detecting immigration fraud.
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- As the plants mature, wire weeders can be run extremely close to the cotton's woody stalks without doing harm, allowing thorough cultivation.
- Many organic farmers use flame weeders as an alternative to herbicides.
- Propane weeders, which kill plants by searing them with a flame, should be used with extreme caution.
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- It was a place where sanity prevailed; a place of full employment; conventional white, white-collar corporate families; clean streets; well-kept weedless lawns; neatly trimmed hedges.
- Their world in general seemed in disrepair - a beautiful, tangled waste of bushes and flowers; a long-neglected and yet weedless garden.
- Every one of those fields is absolutely weedless; the GM giant has seen to that.
Old English wēod (noun), wēodian (verb), of unknown origin; related to Dutch wieden (verb).