1. The act or process of producing buds.
2. Biol. A process of asexual reproduction, in which a new organism or cell is formed by a protrusion of a portion of the animal or vegetable organism, the bud thus formed sometimes remaining attached to the parent stalk or cell, at other times becoming free; gemmation. See Hydroidea.
3. The act or process of ingrafting one kind of plant upon another stock by inserting a bud under the bark.
Bud, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Budded; p. pr. & vb. n. Budding.]
1. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
2. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
3. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin.
Syn: -- To sprout; germinate; blossom.
n 1: a partially opened flower
2: a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping
immature leaves or petals
v 1: develop buds; "The hibiscus is budding!"
2: start to grow or develop; "a budding friendship"
[also: budding, budded]
adj : beginning to develop; "a budding genius"
n : reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts)
by growth and specialization followed by the separation
by constriction of a part of the parent