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English definition of “plant”


noun (BUILDING/MACHINES)    /plɑːnt/ US  /plænt/
[U] machines used in industry: The industry was accused of having invested little in workers, plant or infrastructure.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresFactories [C] a factory in which such machines are used: Two more car-assembly plants were closed by the strike.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresFactories [U] UK a large, heavy machine or vehicle used in industry, for building roads, etc.: The sign by the roadworks said 'Slow - heavy plant crossing'. The firm's main business was plant hire.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic choresFactoriesTrucks, vans and caravans
(Definition of plant noun (BUILDING/MACHINES) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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