A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.
A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra.
To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
The swollen portion at the end of a stem that will mature into a flower.
To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
develop buds; "The hibiscus is budding!"
start to grow or develop; "a budding friendship"