from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area under cultivation.
- n. A group of cultivated trees or plants.
- n. A large estate or farm on which crops are raised, often by resident workers.
- n. A newly established settlement; a colony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Large farm; estate or area of land designated for agricultural growth. Often includes housing for the owner and workers.
- n. The importation of large numbers of workers and soldiers to displace the local population, such as in medieval Ireland and in the Caribbean.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or practice of planting, or setting in the earth for growth.
- n. The place planted; land brought under cultivation; a piece of ground planted with trees or useful plants; esp., in the United States and West Indies, a large estate appropriated to the production of the more important crops, and cultivated by laborers who live on the estate
- n. An original settlement in a new country; a colony.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of planting seeds or plants.
- n. Introduction; establishment.
- n. A planting with people or settlers; colonization.
- n. A planted place, A small wood; a grove; a piece of ground planted with trees or shrubs for the purpose of producing timber or coppice-wood.
- n. A farm, estate, or tract of land, especially in a tropical or semi-tropical country, such as the southern parts of the United States, South America, the West Indies, Africa, India, Ceylon, etc., in which cotton, sugar-cane, tobacco, coffee, etc., are cultivated, usually by negroes, peons, or coolies: as, a sugar plantation; also used attributively: as, plantation life; plantation songs.
- n. An original settlement in a new country; a colony: as, Rhode Island and Providence plantations.
- n. In Maine and New Hampshire, an unorganized and thinly settled division of a county.
- n. An oyster-bed in which the oysters have been artificially planted; a cultivated area of oyster-bottom: a legal term in the State of Delaware.
- n. In organ-building, the disposition or arrangement of the pipes of a stop, or of all the stops, on a wind-chest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
- n. an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale (especially in tropical areas)
- n. a newly established colony (especially in the colonization of North America)
Latin plantatio, from perfect passive participle plantatus ("planted"), from verb plantare, + noun of action suffix -tio (Wiktionary)