verb (used with object)
Origin of plant
Examples from the Web for plant
Contemporary Examples of plant
They learn about science, plant bulbs and watch them grow, and identify birds who visit the birdhouses.Magical Gardens for the Blind, Deaf, and Disabled
October 22, 2014
The Chinese government banned qat earlier this year, and classified the plant as a dangerous narcotic.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
Borlaug studied forestry, and then obtained a Ph.D. in plant pathology.Growth Stocks
The Daily Beast
October 17, 2014
Now, here was a key moment: When she came to America in 2006, where was Hirsi Ali going to plant her flag?Bill Maher 1, Ben Affleck 0
October 5, 2014
Since rat root comes from a plant that grows on the edge of the lake there are concerns that the plant is carrying toxins.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of plant
He might plant two shots before there was a return; he let the idea slip away from him.
I could not succeed in finding the plant for which they had been digging.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
But, when I'm out of this, I'll hunt you down again and I'll plant you full of lead, my son!
True, the plant has enemies, like everything else, enemies which it may not escape.The Conquest of Fear
Now as for these rotters, I'll plant a crop of fists on their faces.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Word Origin for plant
- the land, buildings, and equipment used in carrying on an industrial, business, or other undertaking or service
- (as modifier)plant costs
Word Origin for plant
Old English plante "young tree or shrub, herb newly planted," from Latin planta "sprout, shoot, cutting" (source of Spanish planta, French plante), perhaps from *plantare "to drive in with the feet, push into the ground with the feet," from planta "sole of the foot," from nasalized form of PIE *plat- "to spread, flat" (see place (n.)).
Broader sense of "any vegetable life, vegetation generally" is first recorded 1550s. Most extended usages are from the verb, on the notion of "something planted;" e.g. "construction for an industrial process," 1789, at first with reference to the set-up of machinery, later also the building; also slang meaning "a spy" (1812). Many of these follow similar developments in the French form of the word. German Pflanz, Irish cland, Welsh plant are from Latin.
"put in the ground to grow," Old English plantian, from Latin plantare (see plant (n.)). Reinforced by cognate Old French planter. Without reference to growing, "to insert firmly," late 14c. Of colonies from c.1300. Figuratively, of ideas, etc., from early 15c. Meaning "to bury" is U.S. slang from U.S., 1855. Related: Planted; planting.