Seem·ing, a. Having a semblance, whether with or without reality; apparent; specious; befitting; as, seeming friendship; seeming truth.
My lord, you have lost a friend indeed;
And I dare swear you borrow not that face
Of seeming sorrow, it is sure your own. --Shak.
Seem v. i. [imp. & p. p. Seemed p. pr. & vb. n. Seeming.] To appear, or to appear to be; to have a show or semblance; to present an appearance; to look; to strike one's apprehension or fancy as being; to be taken as. “It now seemed probable.”
Thou picture of what thou seem'st. --Shak.
All seemed well pleased; all seemed, but were not all. --Milton.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. --Prov. xiv. 12.
It seems, it appears; it is understood as true; it is said.
A prince of Italy, it seems, entertained his mistress on a great lake. --Addison.
Syn: -- To appear; look.
Usage: Seem, Appear. To appear has reference to a thing's being presented to our view; as, the sun appears; to seem is connected with the idea of semblance, and usually implies an inference of our mind as to the probability of a thing's being so; as, a storm seems to be coming. “The story appears to be true,” means that the facts, as presented, go to show its truth; “the story seems to be true,” means that it has the semblance of being so, and we infer that it is true. “His first and principal care being to appear unto his people such as he would have them be, and to be such as he appeared.” --Sir P. Sidney.
Ham. Ay, madam, it is common.
Queen. If it be,
Why seems it so particular with thee?
Ham. Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not “seems.” --Shak.
1. Appearance; show; semblance; fair appearance; speciousness.
Seeming and savor all the winter long. --Shak.
2. Apprehension; judgment. [Obs.]
Nothing more clear unto their seeming. --Hooker.
His persuasive words, impregned
With reason, to her seeming. --Milton.
adj : appearing as such but not necessarily so; "for all his
apparent wealth he had no money to pay the rent"; "the
committee investigated some apparent discrepancies";
"the ostensible truth of their theories"; "his seeming
honesty" [syn: apparent(a), ostensible, seeming(a)]