What does the word bud mean?

Usage examples for bud

  1. I hope so, Bud; but why don't you do it to- day? – A Tar-Heel Baron by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
  2. Prompt and strict measures by Boston magistrates nipped in the bud this feeble dramatic plant, and Boston had no more plays for many years. – Customs and Fashions in Old New England by Alice Morse Earle
  3. I used to beseech Him to increase the fragrance of the little flowers of virtues- which were beginning, as it seemed to bud- and preserve them, that they might be to His glory; for I desired nothing for myself. – The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus by Teresa of Avila