Definition of germination in US English:

germination

noun

  • 1The development of a plant from a seed or spore after a period of dormancy.

    ‘successful germination of crops’
    ‘light can influence seed germination’
    • ‘Seedlings surviving fungal infections at germination are often less vigorous.’
    • ‘Cool, wet, seedbeds resulting in delayed germination may warrant including an insecticide seed treatment.’
    • ‘Buy seed with a high germination rate or separate out the small asparagus seed.’
    • ‘Spring applications of pre-emergence herbicides should be made prior to weed seed germination.’
    • ‘Physical or mechanical damage to the seed also will affect germination.’
    • ‘Hot, dry conditions also reduce the favorable climate for pollen germination.’
    • ‘Wireworm feeding may reduce seed germination or produce weak seedlings.’
    • ‘A soil temperature of 86 degrees is optimum for soybean germination.’
    • ‘Plant only well-cleaned, high-quality, disease-free seed with a germination of 80 percent or greater.’
    • ‘Planting rates can be increased to compensate for seed of low germination.’
    1. 1.1 The process of something coming into existence and developing.
      ‘the rules would stifle the germination of new ideas’
      • ‘Can you describe your animation techniques, from the germination of an idea to the finished product?’
      • ‘The germination of this collaboration took shape quite casually over drinks.’
      • ‘The fact that the country has a high degree of cultural homogeneity has prevented the germination of open hostilities between the different ethnic groups.’
      • ‘That is the moment you are you as you really are, prior to the germination of thinking.’
      • ‘You can see zazen prior to the germination of your intellectual sense.’
      • ‘She asked the artist about the germination of this complex sound installation.’
      • ‘Together these circumstances created fertile ground for the germination of modernism.’
      • ‘The classroom is the last available site for the debate and germination of genuinely dangerous ideas.’
      • ‘Our commercial was very carefully crafted and was the germination of showing people how this is a revolutionary and positive experience.’
      • ‘She has barely laid one project to rest before she pins down, in her diary, the germination of a new idea.’

Pronunciation

germination

/ˌdʒərməˈneɪʃ(ə)n//ˌjərməˈnāSH(ə)n/