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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spore a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant puffball, lycoperdon giganteum, produces 7,000,000,000,000 spores, each of which could grow into a puffball a foot in diameter and collectively cover an area of 280,000 square mile, greater than the size of Texas. Fortunately, only one of the spores actually becomes a puffball, and all the others die.
    • Spore (Biol) A minute grain or germ; a small, round or ovoid body, formed in certain organisms, and by germination giving rise to a new organism; as, the reproductive spores of bacteria, etc.
    • Spore (Bot) An embryo sac or embryonal vesicle in the ovules of flowering plants.
    • Spore (Bot) One of the minute grains in flowerless plants, which are analogous to seeds, as serving to reproduce the species.
    • Spore (Biol) One of the parts formed by fission in certain Protozoa. See Spore formation, belw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spore A. Middle English form of spur.
    • n spore In botany, a single cell which becomes free and is capable of developing directly into a new morphologically and physiologically independent individual. The name is given to all the reproductive bodies of cryptogamous plants, which are the analogues of the seeds of the higher or flowering plants, from which they further differ by having no embryo. In the majority of cases a spore consists of a nucleated mass of protoplasm, inclosing starch or oil as reserve nutritive material, surrounded by a cellwall. In those cases in which the spore is capable of germination immediately on the completion of its development, the cell-wall is a single delicate membrane consisting of cellulose; but in those cases in which the spore must pass through a period of quiescence before germination, the wall is thick and may consist of two layers, an inner, the endospore, which is delicate and consists of cellulose, and an outer, the exo spore, which is thick and rigid, frequently dark-colored, and beset externally with spines or bosses, and which consists of cutin. In certain plants, as some algæ and fungi, spores are produced which are for a time destitute of any cell-wall. They are further peculiar in that they are motile, on which account they are called zoöspores. In the various divisions of cryptogams the spores are produced in many different ways and under various conditions. See æcidiospore, ascospore, bispore, carpospore, chlamydospore, clinospore, macrospore. microspore, oöspore, protospore, pseudospore, pycnidiospore, stylospore, teleutospore, tetraspore, uredospore, zoöspore, zygospore, etc.
    • n spore In zoology, the seed or germ of an organism, of minute size, and not of the morphological value of a cell, such as one of the microscopic bodies into which the substance of many protozoans is resolved in the process of reproduction by sporation; a sporule; a gemmule, as of a sponge.
    • n spore In biology, an organic body of extremely minute size, and not subject to ordinary classification; a sporozoid or zoöspore; a living germ, as a seed of certain diseases.
    • n spore Figuratively, a germ; a seed; a source of being.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spore spōr the reproductive body in flowerless plants like the fern, analogous to the seeds of ordinary flowering plants, but containing no embryo: a germ, a seed, a source of being generally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a sowing, seed, from to sow. Cf. Sperm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sporos, a sowing, seed—speirein, to sow.


In literature:

It is the spore of the game we are tracking.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
Somebody managed to sneak a few of the dormant spores lying around outside the dome into him.
"Shock Absorber" by E.G. von Wald
The red dust which so disagreeably filled our eyes is composed of imperceptible spores, each atom containing a germ.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some plants produce spores and some produce seeds.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
A nucleus of select individuals in a spore-like form of suspended animation was placed on each ship.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
FERNS, reproduction of abnormal forms of, by spores, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
When the spores are ripe the case is ruptured and the spores escape into the air as a dusty powder.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
This is known as spore formation.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Dust or floating spores might settle upon it, and then we should have specks.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
So also with the pink spored, rusty spored, black spored, and others.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
Most of these animals propagate from spores, which are in the air.
"The Blue Ghost Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The spores of late autumn, from their dark color, give an almost black appearance to the spots.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
It grows very freely from spores, and will make good specimens in less than a year.
"Garden and Forest Weekly, Volume 1 No. 1, February 29, 1888" by Various
Each stir of wind brought white spore-dust down in a shower from the trees.
"The World with a Thousand Moons" by Edmond Hamilton
F. will kill all spores.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
Perhaps the blood of the heretics must again wash away a few spores of her sins.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
The peculiar mellowness is perhaps in part caused by myriads of ripe spores adrift in the sky.
"My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir
Good thing, though, that the spores can't live inside the body.
"The Moralist" by Jack Taylor
Some seeds or spores had survived, here, from the mother world of the asteroids.
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
The quantity of trehalose in such plants reaches a maximum just before spore formation begins.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher

In poetry:

He lets the youthful dreamer store
Great projects in his brain,
Until He drops the fungus spore
That smears them out again.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Here swelled the oat-fields/ water-silver sail
Where now the granite winds grind out her fate;
The whitening truth knows neither Sporing nor Fall:
Only the mind’s vision immaculate.
"The Blind Tramp" by Lilian Bowes Lyon

In news:

Martika Spore, Arkansas City High School, Kan.
' Spore ' Game Lands on Facebook.
EA sets up ' Spore ' at Fox.
Spore 's DRM restrictions limited the number of times a user could activate the game, to curb piracy.
The difference is that iTunes lets users de-authorize a computer?while Spore 's DRM doesn't.
Spore 's Piracy Problem.
Spore has landed, and the long-awaited video game brings with it an evolutionary shift in how players interact with — and help create — games.
Game designer Will Wright speaks about his latest game SPORE at a promotion event in Singapore August 13, 2008.
Read our full review of Spore .
You design it, making Spore 's most compelling attribute the way it blurs the line between creator and consumer.
The step-by-step process by which Spore 's creatures change does not have much to do with real evolution.
IEEE Spectrum, the magazine of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is sponsoring a contest to build the ideal engineering life form—using Spore 's Creature Creator.
Spore suspensions are pure suspensions of viable spores from specific organisms of known resistance to various sterilization processes.
Stop the Ug99 Fungus Before Its Spores Bring Starvation .
But there's a deadly spore in air, possibly making it's way to a produce garden near you.

In science:

Once found such a suitable environment, the slug will stop its search and transform itself into a stalk and a fruiting body where cells will be changed into spores to be released. Each spore therefore will become again an amoeba and a new cycle will start.
Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology
The cap is the first part of the mushroom to develop, and then a long stem grows our from the spore at the bottom.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
When close to starvation, these bacteria develop fruiting bodies and form spores, whereby only a minority of the original bacterial cells turn into spores, while the others die.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Some defective mutant bacteria form more spores than the wild type in the presence of the wild type, but few or no spores in the absence of the wild type.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Others have inert stages (like spores) that ensure their long-term survival during times without a host.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
However, new bacteria can be created by using environmental elements (eg. floating spores of bacteria), adding to the members of a colony, and bacteria may die, becoming part of the residual environment.
Generalized Entropy from Mixing: Thermodynamics, Mutual Information and Symmetry Breaking
Of particular note from this series of images are the 2nd-4th rows of this sub-array of images. In the 2nd row, corresponding to the 18th image in the image sequence, we have imaged the red sporing-bodies of a lichen for the first time during this mission. Each of the sporingbodies is approximately 1 mm in diameter.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
The uncommon map for this image finds the sporingbodies to be relatively uncommon colored regions of the image. Impressively, the novelty map for this image finds the red sporing-bodies to be the nearly-unique areas of this image that are novel.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
More impressively, the novelty map for the image in the 3rd row, in the 19th image in the image sequence, does not find these red sporing-bodies to be novel.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
The red sporing-bodies have been observed previously, so the colors of the sporing-bodies are now familiar to the Hopfield neural network.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
In image #18, the sporing-bodies of lichens are identified in image#18 as being novel, whereas in image #19, similar red sporing-bodies are regarded as familiar.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah