What does plant mean?

Definitions for plant
plænt, plɑntplant

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plant.

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"

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

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

  2. Plantnoun

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

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

  3. Plantnoun

    the sole of the foot

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

  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

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

  5. Plantnoun

    a plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick

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

  6. Plantnoun

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

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

  7. Plantnoun

    a young oyster suitable for transplanting

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

  8. Plantnoun

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

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

  9. Plantnoun

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

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

  10. Plantnoun

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

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

  11. Plantnoun

    to engender; to generate; to set the germ of

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

  12. Plantnoun

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

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

  13. Plantnoun

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

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

  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

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

  15. Plantnoun

    to set up; to install; to instate

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

  16. Plantverb

    to perform the act of planting

    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  

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. Wolfgang Buechele:

    Especially German plant and mechanical engineers could benefit from it.

  2. Clint Nesbitt:

    If it's a GMO, that's basically what they've been looking at over and over again for the past 20 years, they're saying they don't need to look at new examples, if what you've done with gene editing could have been done with plant breeding, you're good to go.

  3. Siren Fisekci:

    Syncrude has operated for 35 years and at other prices in the crude oil cycle, we'll put as much production as possible through the plant.

  4. The IAEA:

    Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act recently passed by the countrys parliament, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran intends to produce low-enriched uranium ... up to 20 percent at the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant.

  5. Ompi Aphane:

    As it stands, it is difficult to finance coal fired power stations, because banks and lenders are also under environmental pressure, one of the mistakes we made in the past was that we extended the life-span of coal fired power stations that came to an end. That has now changed, you find that we might not necessarily extend its life when a plant comes to an end.

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    applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
    • A. arbalist
    • B. meerschaum
    • C. jocularity
    • D. anestrus

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