from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany Any of various photosynthetic, eukaryotic, multicellular organisms of the kingdom Plantae characteristically producing embryos, containing chloroplasts, having cellulose cell walls, and lacking the power of locomotion.
  • n. Botany A plant having no permanent woody stem; an herb.
  • n. A building or group of buildings for the manufacture of a product; a factory.
  • n. The equipment, including machinery, tools, instruments, and fixtures and the buildings containing them, necessary for an industrial or manufacturing operation.
  • n. The buildings, equipment, and fixtures of an institution: the entire plant of a university.
  • n. A person or thing put into place in order to mislead or function secretly, especially:
  • n. A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior.
  • n. A person stationed in a given location as a spy or observer.
  • n. A misleading piece of evidence placed so as to be discovered.
  • n. A remark or action in a play or narrative that becomes important later.
  • n. Slang A scheming trick; a swindle.
  • transitive v. To place or set (seeds, for example) in the ground to grow.
  • transitive v. To place seeds or young plants in (land); sow: plant a field in corn.
  • transitive v. To place (spawn or young fish) in water or an underwater bed for cultivation: plant oysters.
  • transitive v. To stock with spawn or fish.
  • transitive v. To introduce (an animal) into an area.
  • transitive v. To set firmly in position; fix: planted both feet on the ground.
  • transitive v. To establish; found: plant a colony.
  • transitive v. To fix firmly in the mind; implant: "The right of revolution is planted in the heart of man” ( Clarence Darrow).
  • transitive v. To station (a person) for the purpose of functioning in secret, as by observing, spying, or influencing behavior: Detectives were planted all over the store.
  • transitive v. To place secretly or deceptively so as to be discovered or made public: planted a gun on the corpse to make the death look like suicide.
  • transitive v. To conceal; hide: planted the stolen goods in the warehouse.
  • transitive v. Slang To deliver (a blow or punch).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An organism that is not an animal, especially an organism capable of photosynthesis. Typically a small or herbaceous organism of this kind, rather than a tree.
  • n. An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the Embryophyta (land plants) or of the Chlorophyta (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll a and b, or any organism closely related to such an organism.
  • n. Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.
  • n. Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.
  • n. A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
  • n. An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.
  • n. Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
  • n. A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
  • n. A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
  • n. A large piece of machinery, such as used in earthmoving or construction.
  • v. To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.
  • v. To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit.
  • v. To place or set something firmly or with conviction.
  • v. To place in the ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vegetable; an organized living being, generally without feeling and voluntary motion, and having, when complete, a root, stem, and leaves, though consisting sometimes only of a single leafy expansion, or a series of cellules, or even a single cellule.
  • n. A bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.
  • n. The sole of the foot.
  • n. The whole machinery and apparatus employed in carrying on a trade or mechanical business; also, sometimes including real estate, and whatever represents investment of capital in the means of carrying on a business, but not including material worked upon or finished products.
  • n. A plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick.
  • n.
  • n. An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.
  • n. A young oyster suitable for transplanting.
  • intransitive v. To perform the act of planting.
  • transitive v. To put in the ground and cover, as seed for growth.
  • transitive v. To set in the ground for growth, as a young tree, or a vegetable with roots.
  • transitive v. To furnish, or fit out, with plants.
  • transitive v. To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish.
  • transitive v. To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of.
  • transitive v. To set firmly; to fix; to set and direct, or point
  • transitive v. To set up; to install; to instate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put or set in the ground for growth, as seed, young shoots, cuttings, vegetables with roots, etc.: as, to plant potatoes; to plant trees.
  • To lay out and prepare by putting or setting seed, etc., in the ground; furnish with plants: as, to plant a garden or an orchard.
  • To implant; sow the seeds or germs of; engender.
  • To put; place; set; especially, to post or place firmly in position; fix; set up: as, he planted himself in front of me; to plant a standard on the enemy's battlements.
  • To establish or set up for the first time; introduce and establish: as, to plant Christianity among the heathen; to plant a colony.
  • To furnish; provide with something that is set in position or in order.
  • To introduce and establish new settlers in; settle; colonize.
  • To place or locate as colonists or settlers.
  • To hide; conceal; place in concealment, as plunder or swag.
  • In fish-culture, to deposit (eggs or fry) in a river, lake, or pond.
  • To bed (oysters); bed down, transplant, or sow (young or small oysters).
  • To put, as gold or the like, in the ground, or in a pretended mine, where it can be easily found, for the purpose of affecting the price of the land; also, to treat, as land, in this way; “salt.”
  • To sow seed or set shoots, etc., in the soil, that they may grow.
  • To settle down; locate as settlers or colonists; take up abode as a new inhabitant, or as a settler in a new country or locality; settle.
  • In chess, to play (a piece) to a square whence it cannot easily be dislodged.
  • n. A shoot or slip recently sprouted from seed, or rooted as a cutting or layer; especially. such a slip ready for transplanting, as one of the cabbage-plants, tomato-plants, etc., of the market.
  • n. A sapling; hence, a stick or staff; a cudgel.
  • n. An herb or other small vegetable growth, in contrast with trees.
  • n. An individual living being with a material organism, not animal in its nature; a member of the vegetable kingdom; a vegetable, in the widest sense
  • n. The fixtures, machinery, tools, apparatus, appliances, etc., necessary to carry on any trade or mechanical business, or any mechanical operation or process.
  • n. Concealed plunder.
  • n. A trick; dodge; swindle; artifice.
  • n. In fish-culture, a deposit of fry or eggs.
  • n. plural Oysters which have been bedded: in distinction from natives: as, Virginia plants.
  • n. plural Young oysters suitable for planting or transplantation.
  • n. The sole of the foot, or the foot itself. See planta.
  • n. In billiards generally, the lay or position of balls; in pocket-pool, a sure shot from frozen balls; in one kind of pin-pool, a procedure by which a player may unwittingly make another, instead of himself, winner of the stakes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fix or set securely or deeply
  • n. an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
  • n. buildings for carrying on industrial labor
  • n. (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
  • v. put firmly in the mind
  • v. set up or lay the groundwork for
  • v. place into a river
  • v. put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  • v. place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive
  • n. something planted secretly for discovery by another


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English plante, from Old English and Old French, both from Latin planta, sprout, seedling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin planta, later influenced by French plante.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English planten, from Old English plantian ("to plant"), from Latin plantare, later influenced by Old French planter. Compare also Dutch planten ("to plant"), German pflanzen ("to plant"), Swedish planta ("to plant"), Icelandic planta ("to plant").



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