A plant is a living organism with multiple cells that produce its food through photosynthesis.
Facts About Plants
- Plants are 90% water, while the percentage of water in animals goes as low as 75%.
- The amount of water needed by a plant depends on its type, how much light it gets, and how old the plant is.
- The reason plants wilt when they are not watered properly is because of a reduction in their turgor, the water pressure inside the cells that make up the plants’ skeletons.
- Plants exchange water for carbon dioxide to make food.
- Some plants curl up their leaves in the winter to limit the amount of leaf surface exposed to drying winds, which limits evaporation and keeps the plant hydrated.
- Plants that grow in the snow include: evergreens, Chinese juniper and oleaster (often called the Russian Olive).
An example of a plant is a flower or vegetable.
- The definition of a plant is a factory.
An example of plant is where running shoes are produced.
- A plant is a person who has been secretly placed into a situation in order to report back to someone.
An example of plant is an undercover FBI agent acting as a drug dealer.
- Plant means to put something in the ground.
An example of plant is putting a zucchini seedling in soil.
- any of a kingdom (Plantae) of eukaryotes generally characterized by the ability to carry on photosynthesis in its cells which contain chloroplasts and have cellulose in the cell wall, including all thallophytes and embryophytes
- a young tree, shrub, or herb, ready to put into other soil for growth to maturity; a slip, cutting, or set
- an herb, as distinguished from a tree or shrub
- the tools, machinery, buildings, grounds, etc. of a factory or business
- the equipment, buildings, etc. of any institution, as a hospital, school, etc.
- the apparatus or equipment for some particular mechanical operation or process: the power plant of a ship
- Slang a person placed, or thing planned or used, to trick, mislead, or trap
Origin of plantMiddle English plante ; from Old English ; from Classical Latin planta, sprout, twig, probably back-formation ; from plantare, to smooth the soil for planting ; from planta, sole of the foot ; from Indo-European an unverified form plat-, variant, variety of base an unverified form pla-, broad, flat from source plain
- to put into soil, esp. into the ground, to grow
- to set plants in (a piece of ground)
- to set firmly as into the ground; fix in position
- to fix in the mind; implant (an idea, etc.)
- to settle (a colony, colonists, etc.); found; establish
- to furnish or stock with animals
- ☆ to put a stock of (oysters, young fish, etc.) in a body of water
- Slang to deliver (a punch, blow, etc.) with force
- to place (a person or thing) in such a way as to trick, trap, etc.
- to place (an ostensible news item) in a newspaper, etc. with some ulterior motive, as in order to mold public opinion
- to hide or conceal
- to place (something) surreptitiously where it is certain to be found or discovered
Origin of plantME planten < OE plantian & OFr planter, both < L plantare < the n.
- Botany a. Any of various photosynthetic, eukaryotic, multicellular organisms of the kingdom Plantae characteristically containing chloroplasts, having cell walls made of cellulose, producing embryos, and lacking the power of locomotion. Plants include trees, bushes, herbs, ferns, mosses, and certain green algae.b. A plant having no permanent woody stem; an herb.c. Any of various fungi, algae, or protists that resemble plants and were formerly classified in the plant kingdom. Not in scientific use.
- a. A building or group of buildings for the manufacture of a product; a factory: works in an auto plant.b. The buildings, fixtures, and equipment, including machinery, tools, and instruments, necessary for an industrial operation or an institution: the university's mechanical plant.
- A person or thing put into place in order to mislead or function secretly, especially:a. A person placed in a group of spectators to influence behavior.b. A person stationed in a given location as a spy or observer.c. A misleading piece of evidence placed so as to be discovered.d. A remark or action in a play or narrative that becomes important later.
- Slang A scheming trick; a swindle.
transitive verbplant·ed, plant·ing, plants
- a. To place or set (seeds, for example) in the ground to grow.b. To place seeds or young plants in (land); sow: plant a field in corn.
- a. To place (spawn or young fish) in water or an underwater bed for cultivation: plant oysters.b. To stock with spawn or fish.
- To introduce (an animal) into an area.
- a. To place or fix in a certain position: planted both feet on the ground; planted a kiss on my cheek.b. To deliver (a punch or blow).c. To fix firmly in the mind; implant: “The right of revolution is planted in the heart of man” (Clarence Darrow).
- To establish; found: plant a colony.
- a. To station (a person) for the purpose of functioning in secret, as by observing, spying, or influencing behavior: Detectives were planted all over the store.b. To place secretly or deceptively so as to be discovered or made public: planted a gun on the corpse to make the death look like suicide.
- To conceal; hide: planted the stolen goods in the warehouse.
Origin of plantMiddle English plante, from Old English and Old French, both from Latin planta, sprout, seedling; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
(plural plants or plantæ)
- 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.
- The garden had a couple of trees, and a cluster of colourful plants around the border.
- (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.
- (ecology) Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.
- (proscribed as biologically inaccurate) Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.
- A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
- An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.
- That gun's not mine! It's a plant! I've never seen it before!
- Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
- A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
- (snooker) A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
- A large piece of machinery, such as the kind used in earthmoving or construction.
- knotty legs and plants of clay
- (dated, slang) A plan; a swindle; a trick.
- An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.
- (US, dialect) A young oyster suitable for transplanting.
The scientific definition of what organisms should be considered plants changed dramatically during the 20th century. Bacteria, algae, and fungi are no longer considered plants by those who study them. Many textbooks do not reflect the most current thinking on classification.
From Latin planta, later influenced by French plante.
(third-person singular simple present plants, present participle planting, simple past and past participle planted)
- To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.
- To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit.
- That gun's not mine! It was planted there by the real murderer!
- To place or set something firmly or with conviction.
- Plant your feet firmly and give the rope a good tug.
- to plant cannon against a fort; to plant a flag; to plant one's feet on solid ground
- To place in the ground.
- To furnish or supply with plants.
- to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest
- To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
- To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish.
- to plant a colony
- To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of.
- to plant Christianity among the heathen
- To set up; to install; to instate.
From Middle English planten, from Old English plantian (“to plant”), from Latin plantare, later influenced by Old French planter. Compare also Dutch planten (“to plant”), German pflanzen (“to plant”), Swedish planta (“to plant”), Icelandic planta (“to plant”).
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plant - Investment & Finance Definition
An asset category that describes certain fixed assets listed on a company’s balance sheet, such as buildings, manufacturing facilities, and offices. See also fixed asset.