plant

Definitions

  • Nelly watering some of her plants
    Nelly watering some of her plants
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plant put firmly in the mind "Plant a thought in the students' minds"
    • v plant 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"
    • v plant fix or set securely or deeply "He planted a knee in the back of his opponent","The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"
    • v plant put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground "Let's plant flowers in the garden"
    • v plant set up or lay the groundwork for "establish a new department"
    • v plant place into a river "plant fish"
    • n plant (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
    • n plant buildings for carrying on industrial labor "they built a large plant to manufacture automobiles"
    • n plant 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"
    • n plant an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which Raleigh and Gilbert dreamed Jamestown Island, Virginia. On this small island—half forest and half marsh—was planted the English colony of which...
BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a...
Carricature Plant Carricature Plant
Planté's storage battery Planté's storage battery
Chemical plant to make wood pulp Chemical plant to make wood pulp
Coal gas plant Coal gas plant
Ice plant compression pumps Ice plant compression pumps
Tobacco Plant Tobacco Plant

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bamboo plants can grow up to 36 inches in a day.
    • Plant A bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff. "A plant of stubborn oak."
    • Plant A plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick. "It was n't a bad plant , that of mine, on Fikey."
    • Plant 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.
    • Plant (Zoöl) A young oyster suitable for transplanting.
    • Plant (Zoöl) An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.
    • Plant The sole of the foot. "Knotty legs and plants of clay."
    • Plant (Com) 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.
    • Plant To engender; to generate; to set the germ of. "It engenders choler, planteth anger."
    • Plant To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish; as, to plant a colony. "Planting of countries like planting of woods."
    • Plant To furnish, or fit out, with plants; as, to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest.
    • Plant To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of; as, to plant Christianity among the heathen.
    • v. i Plant To perform the act of planting. "I have planted ; Apollos watered."
    • Plant To put in the ground and cover, as seed for growth; as, to plant maize.
    • Plant 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.
    • Plant To set in the ground for growth, as a young tree, or a vegetable with roots. "Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees."
    • Plant To set up; to install; to instate. "We will plant some other in the throne."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Welwitschia plant can live up to 1,000 years
    • n plant 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 plant A sapling; hence, a stick or staff; a cudgel.
    • n plant An herb or other small vegetable growth, in contrast with trees.
    • n plant 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 while the difference between plants and animals in all their higher forms is clearly marked, science has hitherto been unable to fix upon any one absolutely universal criterion between them. Nothing perhaps is so distinctive of the plant as its power to appropriate and assimilate mineral matter directly, whereas most animals live on the products of previous organization. The plant thus mediates in the scheme of nature between the mineral and the animal world, forming an essential condition of most animal existence. But many plants, including the whole group of Fungi, and the saprophytic, parasitic, and carnivorous flowering plants, live wholly or in part on organic matter, while not all animals are confined to organic nutriment. See animal and Protista. For the fundamental classification of plants, see Cryptogamia and Phanerogamia.
    • n plant The fixtures, machinery, tools, apparatus, appliances, etc., necessary to carry on any trade or mechanical business, or any mechanical operation or process.
    • n plant Concealed plunder.
    • n plant A trick; dodge; swindle; artifice.
    • n plant In fish-culture, a deposit of fry or eggs.
    • n plant plural Oysters which have been bedded: in distinction from natives: as, Virginia plants.
    • n plant plural Young oysters suitable for planting or transplantation.
    • plant 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.
    • plant 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.
    • plant To implant; sow the seeds or germs of; engender.
    • plant 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.
    • plant To establish or set up for the first time; introduce and establish: as, to plant Christianity among the heathen; to plant a colony.
    • plant To furnish; provide with something that is set in position or in order.
    • plant To introduce and establish new settlers in; settle; colonize.
    • plant To place or locate as colonists or settlers.
    • plant To hide; conceal; place in concealment, as plunder or swag.
    • plant In fish-culture, to deposit (eggs or fry) in a river, lake, or pond.
    • plant To bed (oysters); bed down, transplant, or sow (young or small oysters).
    • plant 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.”
    • plant To sow seed or set shoots, etc., in the soil, that they may grow.
    • plant 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.
    • n plant The sole of the foot, or the foot itself. See planta.
    • n plant 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.
    • plant In chess, to play (a piece) to a square whence it cannot easily be dislodged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1998, approximately 1.6 billion tree seedlings were planted in the United States. This amounts to about five trees per American
    • n Plant plant 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:
    • v.t Plant to put into the ground for growth: to furnish with plants: to set in the mind, implant: to establish
    • v.i Plant to set shoots in the ground
    • n Plant plant (slang) a trick, dodge, hidden plunder
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.”
  • William Pitt
    William Pitt
    “Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged heart.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “I want death to find me planting my cabbage”
  • Robert Collier
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    “The first principle of success is desire -- knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”
  • Anne Campbell
    Anne Campbell
    “You can plant a dream.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. plantian, L. plantare,. See Plant (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plante (Fr. plante)—L. planta, a shoot, a plant.

Usage

In literature:

It is to be planted before its vitality is lessened by exposure and hard usage.
"The Apple-Tree" by L. H. Bailey
Compare the rate of growth of the plants in a plot that is kept hoed and raked with the rate of growth of plants in a neglected plot.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
It is well known that many of the lower species of plants are more widely distributed over the earth than most of the higher plants.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
How does the food which the plant takes from the earth and the air find its way to the different parts of the plant to nourish them?
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
Lower plant shows same plant in position after the tree fell, with new caps growing out in horizontal direction.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The people of this land had learned the secrets of the growing plants and how these plants could be made better by cultivation.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
When spring came, the plant appeared in full bloom: a more beautiful object than any other plant in the forest.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Plants as well as men, and men as well as plants.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Now the question is, how big a plant is necessary, or how small a plant can he get along with.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
One plant was an example of the once popular Dalmany sprouts, and there were many other plants that admitted of no classification.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
In many other States experimental plantings have been made.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
The transference of pollen from plant to plant is by no means the only service which insects render.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
To attain this end, either living plants must be sent, or their seeds.
"Movement of the International Literary Exchanges, between France and North America from January 1845 to May, 1846" by Various
But these old Sycamores were not planted only for beauty: they were sometimes planted for a very unpleasant use.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Any mode of planting that will secure these ends will effect the purpose.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
If the plants died, all plant-eating animals would die.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The fable further affirms that he who would take up a plant thereof ... he should surely die in short space after.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
The gardeners sell tomato-plants for $10 per dozen, and cabbage-plants for 50 cts.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
These are armies of sticks which are planted at particular corners.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The aid of a lad will be useful to hold the tree in its place while the gardener is planting.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
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In poetry:

Was this small plant for thee cut down?
So was the plant of great renown,
Which Mercy sends
For nobler ends.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
Was this small plant for thee cut down?
So was the Plant of great renown;
Which mercy sends
For nobler ends.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
After the fall of the summer rain
The plant was glorious, redly gay,
Blood-red with blossom. Never again
Men saw the child in the Temple play.
"Story" by Laurence Hope
Such innocence around her breathed,
And freshness of young nature's play,
The sensitive plant shrank not away,
And cactus' swords were sheathed.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But one vile Christian slave that lay
A prisoner near that prisoner saith:
"God willing, I will plant some day
A vine where liest thou in death."
"Abu Midjan" by Eugene Field
The birds and the squirrels played round it,
As careless and merry was she,
But not tree ever grew from her planting--
No beautiful blossoming tree.
"Fate" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

The Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials program tests over 3 thousand plant varieties each year searching for the best ones for our unique climate.
I want something I can spray directly onto the plants, obviously without harming either the plants or me.
Dur­ing the Wednes­day, July 11, Sun­bury Ser­vices Com­mit­tee meet­ing, Sun­bury Waste­water Treat­ment Plant super­vi­sor Rich Fel­ton reported that the June 29 storm caused a 24-hour power out­age at the plant.
The plant has been realized with Sacmi technological and plant collaboration.
About four to five years ago, I purchased a small ground-cover type plant at the Hardy Plant Society Spring Sale.
Human waste has been pouring into New York Harbor from the fifth largest sewage treatment plant in the nation since it was hit by Sandy, and the operator of the plant cannot predict when it will stop.
Hydroelectric Plant A Job Creator In Western KY. Get today's industrial maintenance & plant operations headlines and news.
Hydroelectric Plant A Job Creator In Western KY. Get today's industrial maintenance & plant operations headlines and news.
Hydroponics is the method used by gardeners to grow plants using water enriched with nutrients instead of soil to feed plants.
In addition, when plants do not compete for the food supply, more plants can be grown in a much smaller area.
Scott Davis waters milkweed plants that he helped plant in Gibbs Park in Huntington Beach.
The New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands is declaring a moratorium on the planting of both species of plants.
"I wish we would have planted them when we first moved there," says David Leroy about the home and livestock windbreaks they planted in 1992.
Micro Motion EtherNet/IP Module enables quick and cost-effective access to plant-wide networks, providing plant and process data to improve availability and throughput.
Plant Lovers' Almanac : Holiday decorations from landscape plants.
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In science:

Figure 1: Recursive construction of the partition function Zq ,x(µ) of the ensemble of rooted planted trees.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
In Section 5 we introduce the probabilistic setup for our analysis and in Section 6 we discuss how it relates to the case k < 8 and to the “planted assignment” model.
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
As a result, we also prove that in the plantedassignment model the cluster containing the planted assignment already contains frozen variables at r ∼ (2k /k) ln k .
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Before we delve into the probabilistic calculations, in the next section we comment on how our analysis relates to the planted assignment problem and to the existence of non-trivial cores for small values of k .
On the Solution-Space Geometry of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
Energy savings from many sources would add up to a reduced dependence on conventional power plants.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Theorem 10 says that the x-axis pro jections of a random X ∈ BP′ n can be obtained by planting vertex 1 of Tn at x = 0 and stretching the tree to the right, letting the rest of its nodes mark the pro jections.
Branched Polymers
The Planted Ensemble PPlant [F ] is obtained by averaging over X with uniform weight for all possible configurations.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Second, the statements in Theorem 2 hold in probability for formulæ drawn from the Planted Ensemble, while in Hypothesis 1 the Uniform Ensemble is considered.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Hypothesis 1p Planted Even when α is an arbitrarily large constant (independent on N ), there is no polynomial time algorithm that refutes most Random-3-sat formulæ from the Planted Ensemble PPlant , and outputs sat with probability p on a 3-sat formula which is satisfiable.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
I shall now compute the distribution of fields for formulæ extracted from the Planted Ensemble PPlant .
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Comparing with (5.145) we see that the two distributions of fields corresponding to the Satisfiable Ensemble at large α and to the Planted Ensemble differ by terms e−O(α) .
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
The same computation can be easily performed for formulæ from the Planted Ensemble.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
Comparing with (5.158), we see that the distribution of the bias in the Planted Ensemble is the same as in the Satisfiable Ensemble at large α, up to terms e−O(α) .
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
For instance, it may be the case that one type of plant does not grow well in the vicinity of another type of plant, and vice versa.
Relative Density of the Random $r$-Factor Proximity Catch Digraph for Testing Spatial Patterns of Segregation and Association
If a variable i has bhi 6= 0, then the sign of bhi is equal to the value of σi in the planted assignment.
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
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