What does plant mean?

Definitions for plant
plænt, plɑntplant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plant, works, industrial plantnoun

    buildings for carrying on industrial labor

    "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"

  2. plant, flora, plant lifenoun

    (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

  3. plantnoun

    an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience

  4. plantverb

    something planted secretly for discovery by another

    "the police used a plant to trick the thieves"; "he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant"

  5. plant, setverb

    put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

    "Let's plant flowers in the garden"

  6. implant, engraft, embed, imbed, plantverb

    fix or set securely or deeply

    "He planted a knee in the back of his opponent"; "The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"

  7. establish, found, plant, constitute, instituteverb

    set up or lay the groundwork for

    "establish a new department"

  8. plantverb

    place into a river

    "plant fish"

  9. plantverb

    place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive

    "Plant a spy in Moscow"; "plant bugs in the dissident's apartment"

  10. plant, implantverb

    put firmly in the mind

    "Plant a thought in the students' minds"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plantnoun

    Etymology: plant, Fr. planta, Latin.

    What comes under this denomination, Ray has distributed under twenty-seven genders or kinds:
    1. The imperfect plants, which do either totally want both flower and seed, or else seem to do so.
    2. Plants producing either no flower at all, or an imperfect one, whose seed is so small as not to be discernible by the naked eye.
    3. Those whose seeds are not so small, as singly to be invisible, but yet have an imperfect or staminous flower; i. e. such a one, as is without the petala, having only the stamina and the perianthium.
    4. Such as have a compound flower, and emit a kind of white juice or milk when their stalks are cut off or their branches broken off.
    5. Such as have a compound flower of a discous figure, the seed pappous, or winged with downe, but emit no milk.
    6. The herbæ capitatæ, or such whose flower is composed of many small, long, fistulous or hollow flowers gathered round together in a round button or head, which is usually covered with a squamous or scaly coat.
    7. Such as have their leaves entire and undivided into jags.
    8. The corymbiferous plants, which have a compound discous flower, but the seeds have no downe adhering to them.
    9. Plants with a perfect flower, and having only one single seed belonging to each single flower.
    10. Such as have rough, hairy or bristly seeds.
    11. The umbelliferous plants, which have a pentapetalous flower, and belonging to each single flower are two seeds, lying naked and joining together; they are called umbelliferous, because the plant, with its branches and flowers, hath an head like a lady’s umbrella: [1.] Such as have a broad flat seed almost of the figure of a leaf, which are encompassed round about with something like leaves. [2.] Such as have a longish seed, swelling out in the middle, and larger than the former. [3.] Such as have a shorter seed. [4.] Such as have a tuberose root. [5.] Such as have a wrinkled, channelated or striated seed.
    12. The stellate plants, which are so called, because their leaves grow on their stalks at certain intervals or distances in the form of a radiant star: their flowers are really monopetalous, divided into four segments, which look like so many petala; and each flower is succeeded by two seeds at the bottom of it.
    13. The asperifolia, or rough leaved plants: they have their leaves placed alternately, or in no certain order on their stalks; they have a monopetalous flower cut or divided into five partitions, and after every flower there succeed usually four seeds.
    14. The suffrutices, or verticilate plants: their leaves grow by pairs on their stalks, one leaf right against another; their leaf is monopetalous, and usually in form of an helmet.
    15. Such as have naked seeds, more than four, succeeding their flowers, which therefore they call polyspermæ plantæ semine nudo; by naked seeds, they mean such as are not included in any seed pod.
    16. Bacciferous plants, or such as bear berries.
    17. Multisiliquous, or corniculate plants, or such as have, after each flower, many distinct, long, slender, and many times crooked cases or siliquæ, in which their seed is contained, and which, when they are ripe, open themselves and let the seeds drop out.
    18. Such as have a monopetalous flower, either uniform or difform, and after each flower a peculiar seed-case containing the seed, and this often divided into many distinct cells.
    19. Such as have an uniform tetrapetalous flower, but bear these seeds in oblong siliquous cases.
    20. Vasculiferous plants, with a tetrapetalous flower, but often anomalous.
    21. Leguminous plants, or such as bear pulse, with a papilionaceous flower.
    22. Vasculiferous plants, with a pentapetalous flower; these have, besides the common calix, a peculiar case containing their seed, and their flower consisting of five leaves.
    23. Plants with a true bulbous root, which consists but of one round ball or head, out of whose lower part go many fibres to keep it firm in the earth: the plants of this kind come up but with one leaf; they have no foot stalk, and are long and slender: the seed vessels are divided into three partitions: their flower is sexapetalous.
    24. Such as have their fruits approaching to a bulbous form: these emit, at first coming up, but one leaf, and in leaves, flowers and roots resemble the true bulbous plant.
    25. Culmiferous plants, with a grassy leaf, are such as have a smooth hollow-jointed stalk, with one sharp-pointed leaf at each joint, encompassing the stalk, and set out without any foot stalk: their seed is contained within a chaffy husk.
    26. Plants with a grassy leaf, but not culmiferous, with an imperfect or staminous flower.
    27. Plants whose place of growth is uncertain and various, chiefly water plants.

    Butchers and villains,
    How sweet a plant have you untimely cropt. William Shakespeare.

    Between the vegetable and sensitive province there are plant-animals and some kind of insects arising from vegetables, that seem to participate of both. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    The next species of life above the vegetable, is that of sense; wherewith some of those productions, which we call plant-animals, are endowed. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    It continues to be the same plant, as long as it partakes of the same life, though that life be communicated to new particles of matter, vitally united to the living plant, in a like continued organization, conformable to that sort of plants. John Locke.

    Once I was skill’d in ev’ry herb that grew,
    And ev’ry plant that drinks the morning dew. Alexander Pope.

    A man haunts the forest, that abuses our young plants with carving Rosalind on their barks. William Shakespeare, As You like it.

    Take a plant of stubborn oak,
    And labour him with many a stubborn stroke. Dryden.

  2. To Plantverb

    Etymology: planto, Lat. planter, Fr.

    Plant not thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord. Deutr. xvi. 21.

    The honour’d gods the chairs of justice
    Supply with worthy men, plant love amongst you. William Shakespeare.

    It engenders choler, planteth anger;
    And better ’twere, that both of us did fast,
    Than feed it with such overroasted flesh. William Shakespeare.

    The fool hath planted in his memory
    An army of good words. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    In this hour,
    I will advise you where to plant yourselves. William Shakespeare.

    The mind through all her powers
    Irradiate, there plant eyes. John Milton.

    When Turnus had assembled all his pow’rs,
    His standard planted on Laurentum’s tow’rs;
    Trembling with rage, the Latian youth prepare
    To join th’ allies. John Dryden, Æneis.

    If you plant where savages are, do not only entertain them with trifles and jingles, but use them justly. Francis Bacon.

    Create, and therein plant a generation. John Milton.

    To the planting of it in a nation, the soil may be mellowed with the blood of the inhabitants; nay, the old extirpated, and the new colonies planted. Decay of Piety.

    To build, to plant, whatever you intend,
    In all let nature never be forgot. Alexander Pope.


  1. Plant

    Plants are predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae. Historically, the plant kingdom encompassed all living things that were not animals, and included algae and fungi; however, all current definitions of Plantae exclude the fungi and some algae, as well as the prokaryotes (the archaea and bacteria). By one definition, plants form the clade Viridiplantae (Latin name for "green plants") which is sister of the Glaucophyta, and consists of the green algae and Embryophyta (land plants). The latter includes the flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms, ferns and their allies, hornworts, liverworts, and mosses. Most plants are multicellular organisms. Green plants obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis by primary chloroplasts that are derived from endosymbiosis with cyanobacteria. Their chloroplasts contain chlorophylls a and b, which gives them their green color. Some plants are parasitic or mycotrophic and have lost the ability to produce normal amounts of chlorophyll or to photosynthesize, but still have flowers, fruits, and seeds. Plants are characterized by sexual reproduction and alternation of generations, although asexual reproduction is also common. There are about 320,000 known species of plants, of which the great majority, some 260,000–290,000, produce seeds. Green plants provide a substantial proportion of the world's molecular oxygen, and are the basis of most of Earth's ecosystems. Plants that produce grain, fruit, and vegetables also form basic human foods and have been domesticated for millennia. Plants have many cultural and other uses, as ornaments, building materials, writing material and, in great variety, they have been the source of medicines and psychoactive drugs. The scientific study of plants is known as botany, a branch of biology.


  1. plant

    A plant is a living organism belonging to the kingdom Plantae, typically characterized by their ability to photosynthesize, meaning they convert light energy into chemical energy to fuel their growth. They have a complex cellular structure, usually fixed in one place with roots in the ground, and most have chlorophyll that gives them a green color. Plants play a crucial role in the world's ecosystem, as they produce oxygen, offer habitats and food for many creatures, and are used by humans for various purposes such as medicine, food, and decoration. This group includes trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plantnoun

    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

  2. Plantnoun

    a bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff

  3. Plantnoun

    the sole of the foot

  4. Plantnoun

    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; as, the plant of a foundry, a mill, or a railroad

  5. Plantnoun

    a plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick

  6. Plantnoun

    an oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth

  7. Plantnoun

    a young oyster suitable for transplanting

  8. Plantnoun

    to put in the ground and cover, as seed for growth; as, to plant maize

  9. Plantnoun

    to set in the ground for growth, as a young tree, or a vegetable with roots

  10. Plantnoun

    to furnish, or fit out, with plants; as, to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest

  11. Plantnoun

    to engender; to generate; to set the germ of

  12. Plantnoun

    to furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish; as, to plant a colony

  13. Plantnoun

    to introduce and establish the principles or seeds of; as, to plant Christianity among the heathen

  14. Plantnoun

    to set firmly; to fix; to set and direct, or point; as, to plant cannon against a fort; to plant a standard in any place; to plant one's feet on solid ground; to plant one's fist in another's face

  15. Plantnoun

    to set up; to install; to instate

  16. Plantverb

    to perform the act of planting

  17. Etymology: [AS. plantian, L. plantare. See Plant, n.]


  1. Plant

    Plants, also called green plants, are living organisms of the kingdom Plantae including such multicellular groups as flowering plants, conifers, ferns and mosses, as well as, depending on definition, the green algae, but not red or brown seaweeds like kelp, nor fungi or bacteria. Green plants have cell walls with cellulose and characteristically obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis using chlorophyll contained in chloroplasts, which gives them their green color. Some plants are parasitic and have lost the ability to produce normal amounts of chlorophyll or to photosynthesize. Plants are also characterized by sexual reproduction, modular and indeterminate growth, and an alternation of generations, although asexual reproduction is common, and some plants bloom only once while others bear only one bloom. Precise numbers are difficult to determine, but as of 2010, there are thought to be 300–315 thousand species of plants, of which the great majority, some 260–290 thousand, are seed plants. Green plants provide most of the world's molecular oxygen and are the basis of most of the earth's ecologies, especially on land. Plants described as grains, fruits and vegetables form mankind's basic foodstuffs, and have been domesticated for millennia. Plants serve as ornaments and, until recently and in great variety, they have served as the source of most medicines and drugs. Their scientific study is known as botany.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plant

    plant, n. a something living and growing, fixed on the ground and drawing food therefrom by means of its root, and developing into a stem, leaves, and seed: a sprout: any vegetable production: the tools or material of any trade or business: (slang) a trick, dodge, hidden plunder.—v.t. to put into the ground for growth: to furnish with plants: to set in the mind, implant: to establish.—v.i. to set shoots in the ground.—adj. Plant′able.—ns. Plant′age (Shak.), plants in general, or the vegetable kingdom; Plantā′tion, a place planted: a wood or grove: (U.S.) a large estate: a colony: act or process of introduction: (Milt.) the act of planting; Plant′er, one who plants or introduces: the owner of a plantation; Plant′-house, a garden structure designed for the protection and cultivation of the plants of warmer climates than our own; Plant′icle, a young plant; Plant′ing, the act of setting in the ground for growth: the art of forming plantations of trees: a plantation.—adj. Plant′less, destitute of vegetation.—ns. Plant′let, a little plant; Plant′-louse, a small homopterous insect which infests plants; Plant′ule, the embryo of a plant. [A.S. plante (Fr. plante)—L. planta, a shoot, a plant.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Plant

    The apparatus for commercial manufacturing or technical works. An electric lighting plant includes the boilers, engines and dynamos for producing the current, and the electric mains and subsidiary apparatus.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plant

    A stock of tools, &c. Also, the fixtures, machinery, &c., required to carry on a business.

Editors Contribution

  1. plant

    A type of facility with the accurate and specific tools, equipment, machinery, technology, management, employees and space to provide a specific type of commodities, goods, products or services.

    There are a variety of plants in countries e.g. recycling plants, steel plants, etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

  2. plant

    Is a variety of living organisms with the ability to produce.

    Plants are created in a variety of colors with a purpose, many can produce food we can eat.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2015  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PLANT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plant is ranked #5890 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plant surname appeared 5,858 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Plant.

    83.2% or 4,874 total occurrences were White.
    10.2% or 602 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 196 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 82 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 78 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 26 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1380

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2196

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plant' in Nouns Frequency: #278

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plant' in Verbs Frequency: #610

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of plant in a Sentence

  1. Leslie Neslage:

    Guests told us they wanted to add more vegetables into their diets, and they wanted a plant-forward entrée that tasted uniquely Chick-fil-A.

  2. Winemaker Forrest:

    Being able to reduce the amount of sugar the plant is producing to put into the grape has tremendous commercial potential for all white wine varietals, particularly from global warming and hotter climates, this year, in a drought, I've applied that technique to other white varietals ... and hence I won't be making a 14 percent Chardonnay, I'll be able to keep it at 13 percent.

  3. Terpsichore Lindeman:

    If you water a plant with poison it will embrace it and flower accordingly or die.

  4. Bianca Phillips:

    I loved the taste and texture of meat, but as soon as I understood where meat came from, I could no longer stomach it. Yet I still longed for the taste and texture. And I found the answer in plant meats, thankfully, they've improved a great deal since I first switched to plant meats 20 years ago. So many vegan companies now make plant meats with very high-quality ingredients, resulting in a minimally processed product that's actually nutritious.

  5. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi:

    The country and the balance sheet will not bear the cost of building this plant. It will be paid back through the actual production of electricity that will be generated by this plant.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A aculeate
    B occlusive
    C indiscernible
    D defiant

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