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PLANT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plant mean? 

PLANT (noun)
  The noun PLANT has 4 senses:

1. buildings for carrying on industrial labor
2. a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
3. something planted secretly for discovery by another
4. an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience

  Familiarity information: PLANT used as a noun is uncommon.


PLANT (verb)
  The verb PLANT has 6 senses:

1. put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
2. fix or set securely or deeply
3. set up or lay the groundwork for
4. place into a river
5. place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive
6. put firmly in the mind

  Familiarity information: PLANT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLANT (noun)


Sense 1plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Buildings for carrying on industrial labor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

industrial plant; plant; works

Context example:

they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles

Hypernyms ("plant" is a kind of...):

building complex; complex (a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures)

Domain member category:

gas system (facility (plant and equipment) for providing natural-gas service)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plant"):

smelter; smeltery (an industrial plant for smelting)

disposal plant; sewage disposal plant (a plant for disposing of sewage)

saltworks (a plant where salt is produced commercially)

refinery (an industrial plant for purifying a crude substance)

recycling plant (a plant for reprocessing used or abandoned materials)

packing plant; packinghouse (a plant where livestock are slaughtered and processed and packed as meat products)

mint (a plant where money is coined by authority of the government)

factory; manufactory; manufacturing plant; mill (a plant consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing)

distillery; still (a plant and works where alcoholic drinks are made by distillation)

brewery (a plant where beer is brewed by fermentation)

bottling plant (a plant where beverages are put into bottles with caps)


Sense 2plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Synonyms:

plant life; flora; plant

Hypernyms ("plant" is a kind of...):

being; organism (a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently)

Meronyms (parts of "plant"):

plant part; plant structure (any part of a plant or fungus)

Domain member category:

deciduous ((of plants and shrubs) shedding foliage at the end of the growing season)

evergreen ((of plants and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year)

monocotyledonous ((of a flowering plant) having a single cotyledon in the seed as in grasses and lilies)

dicotyledonous ((of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed)

tender ((of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition)

half-hardy ((of plants) requiring protection from frost)

blanched; etiolate; etiolated ((especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light)

insectivorous ((of animals and plants) feeding on insects)

saprophytic ((of some plants or fungi) feeding on dead or decaying organic matter)

carnivorous ((used of plants as well as animals) feeding on animals)

pappose ((of plants such as dandelions and thistles) having pappi or tufts of featherlike hairs or delicate bristles)

campylotropous ((of a plant ovule) curved with the micropyle near the base almost touching its stalk)

orthotropous ((of a plant ovule) completely straight with the micropyle at the apex)

threatened ((of flora or fauna) likely in the near future to become endangered)

endangered ((of flora or fauna) in imminent danger of extinction)

leggy; tall-growing ((of plants) having tall spindly stems)

caespitose; cespitose; tufted ((of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts)

ungregarious ((of plants) growing together in groups that are not close together)

clustered (growing close together but not in dense mats)

gregarious ((of plants) growing in groups that are close together)

amentaceous; amentiferous ((of plants) bearing or characterized by aments or catkins)

epiphytotic ((of plants) epidemic among plants of a single kind especially over a wide area)

amphitropous ((of a plant ovule) partly inverted; turned back 90 degrees on its stalk)

anatropous; inverted ((of a plant ovule) completely inverted; turned back 180 degrees on its stalk)

hispid ((of animals or plants) having stiff coarse hairs or bristles)

floccose ((of plants) having tufts of soft woolly hairs)

sedgy (covered with sedges (grasslike marsh plants))

photosynthesis (synthesis of compounds with the aid of radiant energy (especially in plants))

perennation (the process of living through a number of years (as a perennial plant))

nitrification (the oxidation of ammonium compounds in dead organic material into nitrates and nitrites by soil bacteria (making nitrogen available to plants))

squamule (a minute scale)

botany; flora; vegetation (all the plant life in a particular region or period)

circulation (free movement or passage through a series of vessels (as of water through pipes or sap through a plant))

fugaciousness; fugacity (the lack of enduring qualities (used chiefly of plant parts))

coca (dried leaves of the coca plant (and related plants that also contain cocaine); chewed by Andean people for their simulating effect)

parasite (an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host)

micro-organism; microorganism (any organism of microscopic size)

botanical medicine; herbal therapy; phytotherapy (the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes (especially plants that are not part of the normal diet))

alder blight (a disease of alders caused by the woolly alder aphid (a plant louse))

peroxidase (any of a group of enzymes (occurring especially in plant cells) that catalyze the oxidation of a compound by a peroxide)

syncarpous ((of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of united carpels)

apocarpous ((of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses)

alkaline-loving (thriving in a relatively alkaline environment; (especially of plants requiring a pH above 7))

acid-loving (thriving in a relatively acidic environment (especially of plants requiring a pH well below 7))

deaden; girdle (cut a girdle around so as to kill by interrupting the circulation of water and nutrients)

accrete (grow together (of plants and organs))

cultivate; domesticate; naturalise; naturalize; tame (adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment)

bruise (damage (plant tissue) by abrasion of pressure)

etiolate (bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight)

propagate (cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering)

tenderiser; tenderizer (a substance (as the plant enzyme papain) applied to meat to make it tender)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plant"):

myrmecophyte (plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it)

hygrophyte (a plant that grows in a moist habitat)

neophyte (a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously)

embryo ((botany) a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium)

monocarp; monocarpic plant; monocarpous plant (a plant that bears fruit once and dies)

sporophyte (the spore-producing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations)

gametophyte (the gamete-bearing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations)

fungus (a parasitic plant lacking chlorophyll and leaves and true stems and roots and reproducing by spores)

houseplant (any of a variety of plants grown indoors for decorative purposes)

garden plant (any of a variety of plants usually grown especially in a flower or herb garden)

tracheophyte; vascular plant (green plant having a vascular system: ferns, gymnosperms, angiosperms)

poisonous plant (a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism)

aerophyte; air plant; epiphyte; epiphytic plant (plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it)

rock plant (plant that grows on or among rocks or is suitable for a rock garden)

autophyte; autophytic plant; autotroph; autotrophic organism (plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances)

escape (a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild)

perennial (a plant lasting for three seasons or more)

biennial (a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season)

phytoplankton (photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton; mainly unicellular algae)

crop (a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale)

endemic (a plant that is native to a certain limited area)

holophyte (an organism that produces its own food by photosynthesis)

non-flowering plant (a plant that does not bear flowers)

plantlet (a young plant or a small plant)

wilding (a wild uncultivated plant (especially a wild apple or crabapple tree))

ornamental (any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value)

pot plant (a plant suitable for growing in a flowerpot (especially indoors))

acrogen (any flowerless plant such as a fern (pteridophyte) or moss (bryophyte) in which growth occurs only at the tip of the main stem)

apomict (a plant that reproduces or is reproduced by apomixis)

aquatic (a plant that lives in or on water)

cryptogam (formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi)

annual (a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year)

Holonyms ("plant" is a member of...):

kingdom Plantae; plant kingdom; Plantae (the taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct plants)


Sense 3plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something planted secretly for discovery by another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("plant" is a kind of...):

contrivance; dodge; stratagem (an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade)


Sense 4plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("plant" is a kind of...):

actor; histrion; player; role player; thespian (a theatrical performer)


PLANT (verb)


Sense 1plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

plant; set

Context example:

Let's plant flowers in the garden

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plant"):

tree (plant with trees)

replant (plant again or anew)

afforest; forest (establish a forest on previously unforested land)

dibble (plant with a wooden hand tool)

bed (place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil)

checkrow (plant in checkrows)

puddle (dip into mud before planting)

root (plant by the roots)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They plant rye in the field


Sense 2plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fix or set securely or deeply

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

embed; imbed; implant; plant; engraft

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

enter; infix; insert; introduce (put or introduce into something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plant"):

bury; sink (embed deeply)

nest (fit together or fit inside)

pot (plant in a pot)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set up or lay the groundwork for

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

institute; establish; found; plant; constitute

Context example:

establish a new department

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

initiate; pioneer (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "plant"):

fix (set or place definitely)

appoint; constitute; name; nominate (create and charge with a task or function)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place into a river

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

plant fish

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

stock (provide or furnish with a stock of something)

Domain category:

animal husbandry (breeding and caring for farm animals)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 6plant [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put firmly in the mind

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

implant; plant

Context example:

Plant a thought in the students' minds

Hypernyms (to "plant" is one way to...):

communicate; pass; pass along; pass on; put across (transmit information)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They won't plant the story


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