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plant (contrivance)

Definition:

something planted secretly for discovery by another

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

plants

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

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

Etymology:

Old English plante "young tree or shrub, herb newly planted", from Latin planta...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of plant...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Plant | Plants | green plants | Viridiplantae | 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 ... (40 of 7767 words, 12 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Plant

Plant (disambiguation)

a living organism that generally does not move and absorbs nutrients from its surroundings. Plant may also refer to: Chemical plant | Physical plant, often just called "plant", a facility's infrastructure (i.e., "Plant Room") | Any type of mobile ... (37 of 292 words, 20 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Plant (disambiguation)

Wiktionary:

plant | plants [plural] | plantæ [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | gametophyte [botany] | gametophytes [botany, plural] | sporophyte [botany] | sporophytes [botany, plural] | ...

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. | [botany] An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the ... (40 of 332 words, 14 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plant

Collins Dictionary:

plant | found [synonym, sense-specific] | plantable [adjective, derived]

any living organism that typically synthesizes its food from inorganic ... | such an organism that is green, terrestrial, and smaller than a shrub or ... (24 of 710 words, 16 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plant

Random House Dictionary:

plant

any member of the kingdom Plantae, comprising multicellular organisms that ... | an herb or other small vegetable growth, in contrast with a tree or a ... (25 of 517 words, 29 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plant

Oxford Dictionary:

plant | plant something out | plantable [derived] | plantlet [derived] | plant-like [derived]

a living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ... | a small plant, as distinct from a shrub or tree Plants differ from ... (26 of 452 words, 18 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plant

American Heritage Dictionary:

plant | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | plants [3rd-person singular present] | phyto- | phyt- | plantable [adjective, related]

[botany] ; Any of various photosynthetic, eukaryotic, multicellular ... | A plant having no permanent woody stem; an herb. | A building or group of ... (23 of 347 words, 22 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plant

New World Dictionary:

plant | plantlike [adjective, related]

any of a kingdom (Plantae) of eukaryotes generally characterized by the ... | a young tree, shrub, or herb, ready to put into other soil for growth to ... (27 of 302 words, 16 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plant

Merriam-Webster:

plant [entry 1, verb] | establish [synonym, sense-specific] | implant [synonym, sense-specific] | institute [synonym, sense-specific] | settle [synonym, sense-specific] | conceal [synonym, sense-specific] | colonize [synonym, sense-specific] | drill [synonym, sense-specific] | put in [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to put or set in the ground for growth ; to set or sow with seeds or plants ; "implant" | "establish", "institute" ; "colonize", "settle" ; to place ... (28 of 262 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plant

plant [entry 2, noun] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | manufactory [synonym, sense-specific] | mill [synonym, sense-specific] | factory [synonym, sense-specific] | shop [synonym, sense-specific] | works [synonym, sense-specific] | workshop [synonym, sense-specific] | sweatshop [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a young tree, vine, shrub, or herb planted or suitable for planting ; any ... | the land, buildings, machinery, apparatus, and fixtures employed in ... (24 of 178 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plant show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plant [transitive, verb] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | plants [3rd-person singular present]

to put trees, plants, or seeds in soil or the ground so that they will grow there ; to use an area of land for growing trees, plants, crops etc | to ... (31 of 254 words, 6 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plant 16

plant | plants [plural]

[countable] a living thing that grows in soil, has leaves and roots, and needs water and light from the sun to live | [countable] a factory that ... (26 of 149 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plant

Columbia Encyclopedia:

plant

any organism of the plant kingdom, as opposed to one of the animal kingdom or of the kingdoms Fungi, Protista, or Monera in the five-kingdom system of ... (27 of 245 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0839293​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

plant [entry 1]

a living thing which grows in earth, in water or on other plants, and usually has a stem, leaves, roots and flowers and produces seeds (25 of 42 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 1

plant [entry 2]

machines used in industry | a factory in which such machines are used | [British, Australian English] a large heavy machine or vehicle used in ... (23 of 76 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 2

plant [entry 3]

something illegal or stolen that has been put secretly in a person's clothing or among the things that belong to them to make them seem guilty of a ... (28 of 46 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 3

plant [entry 4] | planting [noun, derived]

to put a plant into the ground or into a container of earth so that it will grow | If you plant a particular area, you put plants into the ground ... (30 of 92 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 4

plant [entry 5] | planting [noun, derived]

to put something firmly and strongly in a particular place | to cause an idea or story to exist (18 of 76 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 5

plant [entry 6, informal] | planting [noun, derived]

to put something or someone in a position secretly, especially in order to deceive someone (15 of 56 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 6

Britannica Encyclopedia:

plant [biology]

any member of the kingdom Plantae, multicellular eukaryotic life forms characterized by photosynthetic nutrition, in which chemical energy is produced ... (20 of 1811 words, 74 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/463192​/plant

Encarta Dictionary:

plant | plants [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle]

a photosynthetic organism that has cellulose cell walls, cannot move of its ... | a vegetable organism that does not have a permanent woody stem, e.g. ... (25 of 580 words, 17 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738761​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

plant

Origin: Old English plante "young tree or shrub, herb newly planted", from Latin planta "sprout, shoot, cutting", perhaps from *plantare ... (19 of 115 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=plant

New World Dictionary:

plant

Origin: Middle English plante from Old English from Latin planta, ... | Middle English planten from Old English plantian and Old ... (19 of 56 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plant

Wiktionary:

plant | plants [plural] | plantæ [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle]

Origin: Latin planta, later influenced by French plante. | Middle English planten, from Old English plantian ("to plant"), from Latin plantare, later influenced by Old French planter. Compare also Dutch planten ... (29 of 43 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plant

Oxford Dictionary:

plant | plant something out

Origin: Old English plante "seedling", plantian (verb), from Latin planta "sprout, cutting" (later influenced by French plante) ... (16 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plant

American Heritage Dictionary:

plant | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | plants [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English plante, from Old English and Old French, both from Latin planta, sprout, seedling; see plat- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plant

Collins Dictionary:

plant

First use: 20th century

Origin: Old English, from Latin planta a shoot, cutting | special use of plant1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plants

Merriam-Webster:

plant [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English plantian, from Late Latin plantare to plant, fix in place, from Latin, to plant, from planta plant

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plant

plant [entry 2, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English plante, from Old English, from Latin planta

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plant show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

plant | plants [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle]

First use: Pre-12th century

Origin: Latin plantare "plant in the ground" from planta "sole of the foot"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738761​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

plant | plants [plural] | plantæ [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plant"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plant

Collins Dictionary:

plant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plant"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plant

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plant [transitive, verb] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | plants [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plant 16

plant | plants [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plant

Macmillan American Dictionary:

plant [transitive, verb] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle] | plants [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plant 15

plant [noun] | plants [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plant"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plant

Cambridge Dictionary:

plant [entry 4]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "plant"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "plant"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plant 4

the Free Dictionary:

plant

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "plant"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "plant"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "plant" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/plant

Google Dictionary:

plant | plants [plural] | planted [past tense] | planting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "plant"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=plant

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plant

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plant"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=plant​001 word=plant

YourDictionary Audio:

plant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plant" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Plant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Plant" by speech synthesizer

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