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Usage statistics for the noun plant:

imaginative writing17.18%informational writing82.82%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun plant:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb plant:


Plant is sometimes a misspelling of peculiar or planets.

The word plant is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun plant

What does plant mean as a name of something?

Plant is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: plants

  1. buildings for carrying on industrial labor
  2. (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
    • domain: botany / phytology
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonyms of plant: flora / plant life
    • more generic words: being / organism = a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • more specific terms:
      • phytoplankton = photosynthetic or plant constituent of plankton
      • microflora = microscopic plants
      • 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
      • ornamental = any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value
      • pot plant = a plant suitable for growing in a flowerpot
      • 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
      • biennial = a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete
      • perennial = a plant lasting for three seasons or more
      • escape = a plant originally cultivated but now growing wild
      • 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 = a minute rudimentary plant contained within a seed or an archegonium
      • monocarpous plant / monocarpic plant / monocarp = 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
      • 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
      • vascular plant / tracheophyte = 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
      • epiphytic plant / aerophyte / air plant / epiphyte = plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain
      • rock plant = plant that grows on or among rocks or is suitable for a rock garden
      • autotrophic organism / autophytic plant / autophyte / autotroph = plant capable of synthesizing its own food from simple organic substances
      • myrmecophyte = plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it
    • parts:
    • member of: kingdom Plantae / plant kingdom / Plantae = the taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct plants
  3. an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
  4. something planted secretly for discovery by another
    • examples: the police used a plant to trick the thieves | he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: contrivance / dodge / stratagem = an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

Alternative definition of the noun plant


  1. 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.
  2. [botany] 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.
  3. [context: ecology] Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.
  4. [context: proscribed as biologically inaccurate] Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.
  5. A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
  6. An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.
  7. Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
  8. A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
  9. [context: snooker] A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
  10. A large piece of machinery, such as used in earthmoving or road construction.

Specialised definition of the noun plant

Glossary of sports / billiards

a shot where the cue ball strikes the object ball which then strikes another ball into a pocket (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb plant

What does plant mean as a doing word?

Plant is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: planted | planting | plants

  1. put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
    • examples: Let's plant flowers in the garden | They plant rye in the field
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I stashed the bookVerbs of Putting: bury, deposit, embed, insert, install, park, stash, stow
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the storeVerbs of Putting: dab, daub, drape, dust, heap, load, mound, slather, stack, stock, stuff
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of plant: set
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific words:
      • root = plant by the roots
      • puddle = dip into mud before planting
      • checkrow = plant in checkrows
      • bed = place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil
      • dibble = plant with a wooden hand tool
      • afforest / forest = establish a forest on previously unforested land
      • replant = plant again or anew
      • tree = plant with trees
  2. fix or set securely or deeply
    • example: He planted a knee in the back of his opponent
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination]Jessica sprayed the wall | Leslie staffed the store
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Destination] with [Theme]Jessica loaded the wagon with boxes
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Jessica squirted water
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Jessica loaded boxes into the wagon

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dab, daub, drape, dust, heap, load, mound, slather, stack, stock, stuff.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of plant: embed / engraft / imbed / implant
    • more generic words: enter / infix / insert / introduce = put or introduce into something
    • more specific words:
      • pot = plant in a pot
      • nest = fit together or fit inside
      • bury / sink = embed deeply
  3. set up or lay the groundwork for
  4. place into a river
    • example: plant fish
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I stashed the book
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]I put the book here/there | I spooned the sauce there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]I put the book on/under/near the table

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): bury, deposit, embed, insert, install, park, stash, stow.

    • domain: animal husbandry
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: stock = provide or furnish with a stock of something
  5. place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive
    • examples: Plant a spy in Moscow | plant bugs in the dissident's apartment
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 4
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  6. put firmly in the mind


Plant is a musical group.

  • albums: "You Don't Fool Me", "Skid Row"


  1. "Plant" is a musical album of Justin Ancheta Band.
    • released on
  2. "plant" is a cataloged instance, composition.


"Plant" is a film, directed by Brian Cummins.

  • starring: Andrew Sachs
  • genre: Documentary film
  • released in (22 years ago)


Plant is a fictional film character.


  1. Plant: A plant in control theory is the combination of process and actuator. A plant is often referred to with a transfer function which indicates the relation between an input signal and the output signal of a system without feedback, commonly determined by physical properties of the system. An example would be an actuator with its transfer of the input of the actuator to its physical displacement. In a system with feedback, the plant still has the same transfer function, but a control unit and a feedback loop are added to the system.
  2. Plant is a TV spot.
  3. The plant where this item is manufactured.
  4. Plant is a print ad.

Phrases with Plant

Phrases starting with the word Plant:

  1. plant bug
  2. Plant Out

Phrases ending with the word Plant:

  1. air plant
  2. ant plant
  3. Bee-Plant
  4. bog plant
  5. cup plant
  6. Cup-Plant
  7. gas plant
  8. gum plant
  9. ice plant
  10. pea plant
  11. pie plant
  12. pot plant
  13. sun plant
  14. tea plant
  15. wax plant
  16. yam plant
  17. bean plant
  18. beef plant

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Plant

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Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (1991)


Distributing plant. - Distributing plant means a plant in which milk approved by a duly constituted health authority for fluid consumption is processed or packaged and which has route disposition in the marketing area during the month.

Google previewThe American Agriculturist (1865)

The Lavender plant is a low, much branched shrub, from one to two ...

Google previewSt. Petersburg Noir (2012)

by Natalia Smirnova, Julia Goumen

It's Just a Plant is a book for parents who want to discuss the complexities of pot in a thoughtful, fact-oriented manner. NOTE: THIS BOOK DOES NOT ADVOCATE DRUG/MARIJUANA USE.

Google previewAnnual Report (1887)

by Ohio State Board of Agriculture

The plant is a good grower and bearer. Blossoms perfect. Fruit only medium in size, nearly round, and very uniform in shape. It is qui*e firm and of good quality. It ia too small for market, but will be desirable as a very early sort for home use.

Google previewReport of the Minister of Agriculture and Food (1901)

by Ontario. Dept. of Agriculture and Food

A seedling sent out by the New York Experiment Station ; the plant is a strong one and good grower ; its greatest and perhaps only fault is that sometimes it rusts quite badly, though in some places report says it does not rust at all. It is a very ...

Google previewAn Universal History, from the Earliest Account of Time (1759)

by George Sale, George Psalmanazar, Archibald Bower, George Shelvocke, John Campbell, John Swinton

The pepper plant is a production of this island, and a great part or the company's trade arises from this commodity, □which the natives cultivate with great care, though without all the success which is found in other places on the Indian coast.

Google previewBotany (1838)

In Four Parts: 1. Structural Botany. 2. Physiology. 3. Systematic Botany. 4. Descriptive Botany by Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

A plant is a living body, deprived of sensation or power of moving from place to place, and fed by means of external roots. Animals, on the contrary, are endowed with sensation and the power of voluntary motion from place to place; and are fed ...

Google previewEden (1756)

Or, a Compleat Body of Gardening. Containing Plain and Familiar Directions for Raising the Several Useful Products of a Garden, ... Compiled and Digested from the Papers of the Late Celebrated Mr. Hale, by the Authors of the Compleat Body of Husbandry. ... by John Hill

The Plant is an Annual, and is robe rais'd from them on a Hot-Bed. Let them bevseatter'd with Care t F 1 thick upon a common Bed of Dung; and let a quarter of an Inch of the same Mould be lifted over them. As soon as ssthey are put into the ...

Google previewClean Coal Utilization (1989)

Papers from a Conference, December 1987

The wall-fired plant is the subject of this paper and is described below. The T- fired plant is a nominal 180 MWe constructed by Combustion Engineering and is located in Yorktown, Virginia. Because of the difference in firing systems, the flow ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

PLANT, n plant [AS.

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms. Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

Origins: Latin solanum, a plant name used probably for Solanum nigrum (Aulus Cornelius Celsus, De medicina. Florentiae 1478), solanum applied by Plinius to a plant, ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Nmaes (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

Malaisia Blanco Moraceae Origins: From the Philippine local plant name, malais- is. Species/Vernacular Names: M. scandens (Lour.) Planchon English: crow ash, burny vine, fire vine The Philippines: hingi, hingiu, hinguin, malais-fs, sabd ...

Google previewDictionary of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology (1998)

by O. P. Singh, S. K. Srivastava

While remaining intimately associated with the profession of teaching, research and extension and frequent interactions with the students, teachers and all others dealing with entomology, plant pathology and nematology gave us a firm ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Plant Sciences (2012)

by Michael Allaby

Amborellales Nymphaeales Austrobaileyales Chloranthales Canellales Magnoliales 551 Plant Classification Clade Order Families Rosids Vitales Vitaceae Eurosids. Plant. Classification. Angiosperm Phylogeny Group APG Ill ...

Google previewDictionary of Plant Lore (2007)

by D.C. Watts

The carbuncle usage seems to be confirmed by one of the Welsh names for the plant, Dail fyddigad, carbuncle leaves (Awbery). Perhaps the strangest of the conditions to be treated with tutsan is, not surprisingly, in Gerard, and supposed to be ...

Google previewDictionary of plant sciences (including horticulture) (1989)

by L. L. Somani

movements of plants into a new area. Migration Coefficient of Cereals. The proportion of dry matter of the entire ripe plant, ...

Google previewDictionary Of British And Irish Botantists And Horticulturalists Including plant collectors, flower painters and garden designers (1994)

by Ray Desmond

It was in a commendable attempt to provide a biographical guide not only for such plant collectors, but also for the more important figures in botany, that James Britten and George E.S.Boulger collaborated in a series of regular instalments in ...

Google previewSinhalese English Dictionary (1982)

by B. Clough

plant with flowers in compound umbels, smilax ovalifolia (Lilia- cem). ©ao a>i3S), Maha-karamba, s. thorny shrub, canssa carandas. ©eo ffis<59, Maha-karaw, «. kind of large grass, sclfria elata. ©s ®( 53gi3t ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1981)

Volume 12 - Corrosion to Cottonseed by John J. McKetta Jr

For the overall direct labor costs for an average petrochemical plant, multiply the sum of the delivered equipment costs times 0.58 [22]. When considering the installation of mechanical equipment only or an isolated mechanical system (not a ...

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Quotes about Plant

A plant has been pruned, the gardener beamed.
A plant has been left as such, the plant beamed.
Water the child to beam; prune it not to beam.
14.04.2003 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of P3L1A1N1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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