seal

seal1
noun
1》 a device or substance used to join two things together or render something impervious.
    ↘the state or fact of being joined or rendered impervious with a seal.
2》 a piece of wax, lead, etc. with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document as a guarantee of authenticity.
    ↘a design embossed in paper for this purpose.
    ↘an engraved device used for stamping a seal.
    ↘a decorative adhesive stamp.
3》 a confirmation or guarantee: a seal of approval.
4》 (the seal or the seal of the confessional) the obligation on a priest not to divulge anything said during confession.
5》 the water standing in the trap of a drain to prevent foul air from rising.
verb
1》 fasten or close securely.
    ↘(seal something off) isolate an area by preventing or monitoring access to and from it.
2》 apply a non-porous coating to (a surface) to make it impervious.
3》 conclude, establish, or secure definitively: victory was sealed.
4》 authenticate (a document) with a seal.
Phrases
my lips are sealed I will not discuss or reveal a secret.
put (or set) the seal on finally confirm or conclude.
set (or put) one's seal to (or on) mark with one's distinctive character.
Derivatives
sealable adjective
Origin
ME: from OFr. seel (n.), seeler (v.), from L. sigillum 'small picture', dimin. of signum 'a sign'.
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seal2
noun a fish-eating aquatic mammal with a streamlined body and feet developed as flippers. [Families Phocidae (the true seals) and Otariidae (eared seals): many species.]
verb [usu. as noun sealing] hunt for seals.
Origin
OE seolh, of Gmc origin.

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