from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who plants.
  • noun A machine or tool for planting seeds.
  • noun The owner or manager of a plantation.
  • noun An early settler or colonist.
  • noun A decorative container for a plant or small tree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Specifically, in the Newfoundland fisheries, a middleman between the fisherman and the large dealer. See the extract.
  • noun A cattle-thief: so called from their habit of hiding the stolen cattle.
  • noun One who plants, sets in the ground or in position, introduces, establishes, or sets up: as, a planter of maize or of vines; the first planters of Christianity; a planter of colonies.
  • noun One who owns a plantation, especially in a tropical or semi-tropical country: as, a coffeeplanter; the planters of the West Indies.
  • noun A piece of timber, or the naked trunk of a tree, one end of which is firmly planted in the bed of a river while the other rises near the surface of the water: a dangerous obstruction sometimes encountered by vessels navigating the rivers of the western United States.
  • noun A tool or machine for planting seeds: as, a corn-planter, a cotton-seed planter, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, plants or sows
  • noun One who owns or cultivates a plantation.
  • noun A colonist in a new or uncultivated territory.
  • noun a movable box or a fixed low, open structure, as of brick, in which plants are grown for decorative purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A box or pot for plants, usually large and standing on the floor.
  • noun historical Any of the early English settlers, given the lands of the dispossessed Irish populace during the reign of Elizabeth I.
  • noun A machine used for planting seeds.
  • noun A person who plants seeds, either by hand or by machine.
  • noun The owner of a plantation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a decorative pot for house plants
  • noun the owner or manager of a plantation
  • noun a worker who puts or sets seeds or seedlings into the ground


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