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  10  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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. 
  Till  thou  canst  rail  the  seal  from  off  my  bond  Thou 
  but  offend;st  thy  lungs  to  speak  so  loud.  --Shak. 
  3.  That  which  seals  or  fastens;  esp.,  the  wax  or  wafer  placed 
  on  a  letter  or  other  closed  paper,  etc.,  to  fasten  it 
  4.  That  which  confirms,  ratifies,  or  makes  stable;  that  which 
  authenticates;  that  which  secures;  assurance.  ``under  the 
  seal  of  silence.''  --Milton. 
  Like  a  red  seal  is  the  setting  sun  On  the  good  and 
  the  evil  men  have  done  --Lonfellow. 
  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 
  {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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Seal  \Seal\  (s[=e]l),  n.  [OE.  sele,  AS  seolh  akin  to  OHG. 
  selah,  Dan.  s[ae]l,  Sw  sj["a]l,  Icel.  selr.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  aquatic  carnivorous  mammal  of  the  families  {Phocid[ae]} 
  and  {Otariid[ae]}. 
  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 
  crustata}),  and  the  ringed  seal  ({Phoca  f[oe]tida}), 
  are  northern  species.  See  also  {Eared  seal},  {Harp 
  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. 
  {Harbor  seal}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Seal  \Seal\,  v.  i. 
  To  affix  one's  seal,  or  a  seal.  [Obs.] 
  I  will  seal  unto  this  bond.  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Seal  \Seal\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Sealed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Skaling}.]  [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. 
  And  with  my  hand  I  seal  my  true  heart's  love. 
  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. 
  3.  To  fasten  with  a  seal;  to  attach  together  with  a  wafer, 
  wax,  or  other  substance  causing  adhesion;  as  to  seal  a 
  4.  Hence  to  shut  close  to  keep  close  to  make  fast  to  keep 
  secure  or  secret. 
  Seal  up  your  lips,  and  give  no  words  but  ``mum''. 
  5.  To  fix,  as  a  piece  of  iron  in  a  wall,  with  cement, 
  plaster,  or  the  like  --Gwilt. 
  6.  To  close  by  means  of  a  seal;  as  to  seal  a  drainpipe  with 
  water.  See  2d  {Seal},  5. 
  7.  Among  the  Mormons,  to  confirm  or  set  apart  as  a  second  or 
  additional  wife.  [Utah,  U.S.] 
  If  a  man  once  married  desires  a  second  helpmate  .  . 
  .  she  is  sealed  to  him  under  the  solemn  sanction  of 
  the  church.  --H. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Center  \Cen"ter\,  or  Centre  \Cen"tre\,  seal  \seal\  .  (Gas 
  A  compound  hydraulic  valve  for  regulating  the  passage  of  the 
  gas  through  a  set  of  purifiers  so  as  to  cut  out  each  one  in 
  turn  for  the  renewal  of  the  lime. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  resinous  composition  that  is  plastic  when  warm;  used  for 
  sealing  documents  and  parcels  and  letters  [syn:  {sealing 
  2:  a  device  incised  to  make  an  impression;  used  to  secure  a 
  closing  or  to  authenticate  documents  [syn:  {stamp}] 
  3:  the  pelt  or  fur  (especially  the  underfur)  of  a  seal;  "a  coat 
  of  seal"  [syn:  {sealskin}] 
  4:  a  stamp  affixed  to  a  document  (as  to  attest  to  its 
  authenticity  or  to  seal  it);  "the  warrant  bore  the 
  sheriff's  seal" 
  5:  an  indication  of  approved  or  superior  status  [syn:  {cachet}, 
  {seal  of  approval}] 
  6:  a  finishing  coating  applied  to  seal  out  especially  moisture 
  7:  a  tight  and  perfect  closure 
  8:  any  of  numerous  marine  mammals  that  come  on  shore  to  breed; 
  chiefly  of  cold  regions 
  v  1:  make  tight;  secure  against  leakage  [syn:  {seal  off}] 
  2:  close  with  a  seal;  "She  selaed  the  letter  with  hot  wax" 
  [ant:  {unseal}] 
  3:  decide  irrevocably;  "sealing  dooms" 
  4:  affix  a  seal  to 
  5:  cover  with  varnish  [syn:  {varnish}] 
  6:  hunt  seals 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  Semantics-directed  Environment  Adaptation  Language. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  commonly  a  ring  engraved  with  some  device  (Gen.  38:18,  25). 
  Jezebel  "wrote  letters  in  Ahab's  name  and  sealed  them  with  his 
  seal"  (1  Kings  21:8).  Seals  are  frequently  mentioned  in  Jewish 
  history  (Deut.  32:34;  Neh.  9:38;  10:1;  Esther  3:12;  Cant.  8:6; 
  Isa.  8:16;  Jer.  22:24;  32:44,  etc.).  Sealing  a  document  was 
  equivalent  to  the  signature  of  the  owner  of  the  seal.  "The  use 
  of  a  signet-ring  by  the  monarch  has  recently  received  a 
  remarkable  illustration  by  the  discovery  of  an  impression  of 
  such  a  signet  on  fine  clay  at  Koyunjik  the  site  of  the  ancient 
  Nineveh.  This  seal  appears  to  have  been  impressed  from  the  bezel 
  of  a  metallic  finger-ring.  It  is  an  oval,  2  inches  in  length  by 
  1  inch  wide,  and  bears  the  image,  name  and  titles  of  the 
  Egyptian  king  Sabaco"  (Rawlinson's  Hist.  Illus.  of  the  O.T.,  p. 
  46).  The  actual  signet-rings  of  two  Egyptian  kings  (Cheops  and 
  Horus)  have  been  discovered.  (See  {SIGNET}.) 
  The  use  of  seals  is  mentioned  in  the  New  Testament  only  in 
  connection  with  the  record  of  our  Lord's  burial  (Matt.  27:66). 
  The  tomb  was  sealed  by  the  Pharisees  and  chief  priests  for  the 
  purpose  of  making  sure  that  the  disciples  would  not  come  and 
  steal  the  body  away  (ver.  63,  64).  The  mode  of  doing  this  was 
  probably  by  stretching  a  cord  across  the  stone  and  sealing  it  at 
  both  ends  with  sealing-clay.  When  God  is  said  to  have  sealed  the 
  Redeemer,  the  meaning  is  that  he  has  attested  his  divine 
  mission  (John  6:27).  Circumcision  is  a  seal,  an  attestation  of 
  the  covenant  (Rom.  4:11).  Believers  are  sealed  with  the  Spirit, 
  as  God's  mark  put  upon  them  (Eph.  1:13;  4:30).  Converts  are  by 
  Paul  styled  the  seal  of  his  apostleship,  i.e.,  they  are  its 
  attestation  (1  Cor.  9:2).  Seals  and  sealing  are  frequently 
  mentioned  in  the  book  of  Revelation  (5:1;  6:1;  7:3;  10:4; 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
  Simple  and  Efficient  Adaptation  Layer  (ATM) 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  SEAL,  n.  A  mark  impressed  upon  certain  kinds  of  documents  to  attest 
  their  authenticity  and  authority.  Sometimes  it  is  stamped  upon  wax, 
  and  attached  to  the  paper,  sometimes  into  the  paper  itself  Sealing, 
  in  this  sense  is  a  survival  of  an  ancient  custom  of  inscribing 
  important  papers  with  cabalistic  words  or  signs  to  give  them  a  magical 
  efficacy  independent  of  the  authority  that  they  represent.  In  the 
  British  museum  are  preserved  many  ancient  papers,  mostly  of  a 
  sacerdotal  character,  validated  by  necromantic  pentagrams  and  other 
  devices,  frequently  initial  letters  of  words  to  conjure  with  and  in 
  many  instances  these  are  attached  in  the  same  way  that  seals  are 
  appended  now  As  nearly  every  reasonless  and  apparently  meaningless 
  custom,  rite  or  observance  of  modern  times  had  origin  in  some  remote 
  utility,  it  is  pleasing  to  note  an  example  of  ancient  nonsense 
  evolving  in  the  process  of  ages  into  something  really  useful.  Our 
  word  sincere"  is  derived  from  _sine  cero_,  without  wax,  but  the 
  learned  are  not  in  agreement  as  to  whether  this  refers  to  the  absence 
  of  the  cabalistic  signs,  or  to  that  of  the  wax  with  which  letters  were 
  formerly  closed  from  public  scrutiny.  Either  view  of  the  matter  will 
  serve  one  in  immediate  need  of  an  hypothesis.  The  initials  L.S., 
  commonly  appended  to  signatures  of  legal  documents,  mean  _locum 
  sigillis_,  the  place  of  the  seal,  although  the  seal  is  no  longer  used 
  --  an  admirable  example  of  conservatism  distinguishing  Man  from  the 
  beasts  that  perish.  The  words  _locum  sigillis_  are  humbly  suggested 
  as  a  suitable  motto  for  the  Pribyloff  Islands  whenever  they  shall  take 
  their  place  as  a  sovereign  State  of  the  American  Union. 

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