2. 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.
3. To furnish, or fit out, with plants; as, to plant a
garden, an orchard, or a forest.
4. To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
It engenders choler, planteth anger. --Shak.
5. To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to
settle; to establish; as, to plant a colony.
Planting of countries like planting of woods.
6. To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of; as,
to plant Christianity among the heathen.
7. 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.
8. To set up; to install; to instate.
We will plant some other in the throne. --Shak.
Note: Plants are divided by their structure and methods of
reproduction into two series, ph[ae]nogamous or
flowering plants, which have true flowers and seeds,
and cryptogamous or flowerless plants, which have no
flowers, and reproduce by minute one-celled spores. In
both series are minute and simple forms and others of
great size and complexity. As to their mode of
nutrition, plants may be considered as self-supporting
and dependent. Self-supporting plants always contain
chlorophyll, and subsist on air and moisture and the
matter dissolved in moisture, and as a general rule
they excrete oxygen, and use the carbonic acid to
combine with water and form the material for their
tissues. Dependent plants comprise all fungi and many
flowering plants of a parasitic or saprophytic nature.
As a rule, they have no chlorophyll, and subsist mainly
or wholly on matter already organized, thus utilizing
carbon compounds already existing, and not excreting
oxygen. But there are plants which are partly dependent
and partly self-supporting. The movements of climbing
plants, of some insectivorous plants, of leaves,
stamens, or pistils in certain plants, and the ciliary
motion of zo["o]spores, etc., may be considered a kind
of voluntary motion.
2. A bush, or young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.
``A plant of stubborn oak.'' --Dryden.
3. The sole of the foot. [R.] ``Knotty legs and plants of
clay.'' --B. Jonson.
4. (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
5. A plan; an artifice; a swindle; a trick. [Slang]
It was n't a bad plant, that of mine, on Fikey.
(a) An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from
one of natural growth.
(b) A young oyster suitable for transplanting. [Local,
I have planted; Apollos watered. --1 Cor. iii.