Man vs Plant - What's the difference?

man | plant |

As a pronoun man

is i.

As a noun plant is

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.

As a verb plant is

to place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.




  • An adult male human.
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), Henry V , act 4, scene 1:
  • The king is but a man , as I am; the violet smells to him as it doth to me.
  • *
  • *:“it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  • (lb) All human males collectively: mankind.
  • * 2011 , Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In , p.109:
  • Unsurprisingly, if modern man is a sort of camera, modern woman is a picture.
  • A human, a person of either gender, usually an adult.
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), Henry IV, Part 2 , act 4, scene 2:
  • a man cannot make him laugh.
  • * 1611 , Bible (KJV), (w) 12.17:
  • Recompence to no man euill for euill.
  • * (Joseph Addison), Monaco, Genoa, &c. , p.9:
  • A man would expect, in so very ancient a town of Italy, to find some considerable antiquities; but all they have to show of this nature is an old Rostrum of a Roman ship, that stands over the door of their arsenal.
  • * 1991' edition (original: '''1953 ), Darell Huff, ''[// How to Lie with Statistics] , pp.19–20:
  • Similarly, the next time you learn from your reading that the average man (you hear a good deal about him these days, most of it faintly improbable) brushes his teeth 1.02 times a day—a figure I have just made up, but it may be as good as anyone else's – ask yourself a question. How can anyone have found out such a thing? Is a woman who has read in countless advertisements that non-brushers are social offenders going to confess to a stranger that she does not brush her teeth regularly?
  • (lb) All humans collectively: mankind, humankind, humanity.
  • * 1647 , Westminster Shorter Catechism, question 10:
  • How did God create man ?
    God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
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  • A member of the genus Homo'', especially of the species ''Homo sapiens .
  • * 1990 , The Almanac of Science and Technology (ISBN 0151050503), p.68:
  • The evidence suggests that close relatives of early man , in lineages that later became extinct, also were able to use tools.
  • (lb) A sentient being, whether human or supernatural.
  • * A Gest of Robyn Hode'', in the ''Child Ballads :
  • For God is holde a ryghtwys man .
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), Much Ado about Nothing , act 3, scene 5:
  • God's a good man .
  • * 1609 , (Ben Jonson), :
  • Expect: But was the devil a proper man , gossip?
    As fine a gentleman of his inches as ever I saw trusted to the stage, or any where else.
  • An adult male who has, to an eminent degree, qualities considered masculine, such as strength, integrity, and devotion to family; a mensch.
  • * 1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), :
  • He’s more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house
  • * 2011 , Timothy Shephard, Can We Help Us?: Growing Up Bi-Racial in America (ISBN 1456754610), p.181:
  • I had the opportunity to marry one of them but wasn't mature enough to be a man and marry her and be close to the.
  • Manliness; the quality or state of being manly.
  • * 1598 , (Ben Jonson), (Every Man in His Humour)
  • Methought he bare himself in such a fashion, / So full of man , and sweetness in his carriage, /
  • A husband.
  • * Book of Common Prayer :
  • I pronounce that they are man and wife.
  • * 1715 , (Joseph Addison), The Freeholder :
  • In the next place, every wife ought to answer for her man .
  • A lover; a boyfriend.
  • A male enthusiast or devotee; a male who is very fond of or devoted to a specified kind of thing.
  • A person, usually male, who has duties or skills associated with a specified thing.
  • A person, usually male, who can fulfill one's requirements with regard to a specified matter.
  • * 2007 , Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night (ISBN 0778324567), p.553:
  • *:"She's the man for the job."
  • * 2008 , Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season (ISBN 160239329X), p.148:
  • Joanie volunteered, of course — if any dirty job is on offer requiring running, she's your man
  • * 2012 , The Island Caper: A Jake Lafferty Action Novel (ISBN 1622951999), p.34:
  • He also owns the only backhoe tractor on Elbow Cay, so whenever anyone needs a cistern dug, he's their man .
  • A male who belongs to a particular group: an employee, a student or alumnus, a representative, etc.
  • * 1909 , Harper's Weekly , Vol.53, p.iii:
  • When President Roosevelt goes walking in the country about Washington he is always accompanied by two Secret Service men .
  • * 1913 , Robert Herrick, One Woman's Life , p.46:
  • *:"And they're very good people, I assure you — he's a Harvard man ." It was the first time Milly had met on intimate terms a graduate of a large university.
  • An adult male servant. (lb) A vassal. A subject.
  • (old proverb)
  • * William Blackstone:
  • The vassal, or tenant, kneeling, ungirt, uncovered, and holding up his hands between those of his lord, professed that he did become his man from that day forth, of life, limb, and earthly honour.
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  • A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
  • * 1883 , Henry Richter, Chess Simplified! , p.4:
  • The white men' are always put on that side of the board which commences by row I, and the black ' men are placed opposite.
  • (non-gloss definition, Used to refer to oneself or one's group): I, we; (construed in the third person).
  • * 2011 , (Top Boy) :
  • *:Sully: If it weren’t for that snake ... Man wouldn’t even be in this mess right now.
  • Usage notes

    * The most common modern sense of the word is “an adult male human”, not “a generic human” or “humankind”, which explains the awkwardness of the following sentence: *: Man, like other mammals, breastfeeds his young. Nonsexist Language Guideline , the University of New Hampshire. * Nonsexist language advocates recommend the use of human'', ''human being'', ''humankind'' or ''person'', depending on context, instead of ''man .


    * (adult male human) omi (Polari); see also * See also * See also

    See also

    * the man * boy; male * woman * human

    Derived terms

    * airman * anchor man * bad man * barman * best man * black man * caveman * common man * company man * con man * dead man * dirty old man * Earthman * family man * fireman * foreman * government man * headman * hitman * kept man * lady's man * -man * man among men * manface * manful * manhood * mankind * manly * man of God * man of science * man of the cloth * man of the people * man of the world * man of war * man on * manpower * man's man * mantrap/man-trap/man trap * Marlboro Man * mountain man * old man * overman * policeman * underman * pan man * renaissance man * seaman * see a man about a dog * straight man * straw man * stunt man * strong man * the man * waterman * white man * woman * yes-man


  • To supply (something) with staff or crew (of either sex).
  • The shipped was manned with a small crew.
  • To take up position in order to operate (something).
  • Man the machine guns!
  • * 1876 , Julian Hawthorne, Saxon Studies :
  • he manned himself heroically
  • To wait on, attend to or escort.
  • To accustom (a hawk or other bird) to the presence of men.
  • Derived terms

    * overman (verb)


    (en interjection)
  • Man , that was a great catch!






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  • 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.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, page=217, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants , the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual. Many genes with reproductive roles also have antibacterial and immune functions, which indicate that the threat of microbial attack on the sperm or egg may be a major influence on rapid evolution during reproduction.}}
  • (botany) An organism of the kingdom Plantae''; now specifically, a living organism of the ''Embryophyta'' (land plants) or of the ''Chlorophyta'' (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll ''a'' and ''b , or any organism closely related to such an organism.
  • (ecology) Now specifically, a multicellular eukaryote that includes chloroplasts in its cells, which have a cell wall.
  • Any creature that grows on soil or similar surfaces, including plants and fungi.
  • A factory or other industrial or institutional building or facility.
  • An object placed surreptitiously in order to cause suspicion to fall upon a person.
  • Anyone assigned to behave as a member of the public during a covert operation (as in a police investigation).
  • A person, placed amongst an audience, whose role is to cause confusion, laughter etc.
  • (snooker) A play in which the cue ball knocks one (usually red) ball onto another, in order to pot the second; a set.
  • * 2008 , Phil Yates, The Times , April 28 2008:
  • O’Sullivan risked a plant that went badly astray, splitting the reds.
  • A large piece of machinery, such as the kind used in earthmoving or construction.
  • (obsolete) A young tree; a sapling; hence, a stick or staff.
  • * Dryden
  • a plant of stubborn oak
  • (obsolete) The sole of the foot.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • * knotty legs and plants of clay
  • (dated, slang) A plan; a swindle; a trick.
  • * Charles Dickens
  • It wasn't a bad plant , that of mine, on Fikey.
  • An oyster which has been bedded, in distinction from one of natural growth.
  • (US, dialect) A young oyster suitable for transplanting.
  • Usage notes

    The scientific definition of what organisms should be considered plants changed dramatically during the 20th century. Bacteria, algae, and fungi are no longer considered plants by those who study them. Many textbooks do not reflect the most current thinking on classification.

    Derived terms

    * houseplant * planter * plantlet * plantly * plant-pot * pot-plant * power plant * plant room


    (en verb)
  • To place (a seed or plant) in soil or other substrate in order that it may live and grow.
  • To place (an object, or sometimes a person), often with the implication of intending deceit.
  • That gun's not mine! It was planted there by the real murderer!
  • To place or set something firmly or with conviction.
  • Plant your feet firmly and give the rope a good tug.
    to plant''' cannon against a fort; to '''plant''' a flag; to '''plant one's feet on solid ground
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Chelsea 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=First Anelka curled a shot wide from just outside the box, then Lampard planted a header over the bar from Bosingwa's cross.}}
  • To place in the ground.
  • * 2007 , Richard Laymon, Savage , page 118:
  • Sarah, she kissed each of her grandparents on the forehead. They were planted in a graveyard behind the church.
  • To furnish or supply with plants.
  • to plant a garden, an orchard, or a forest
  • To engender; to generate; to set the germ of.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It engenders choler, planteth anger.
  • To furnish with a fixed and organized population; to settle; to establish.
  • to plant a colony
  • * Francis Bacon
  • planting of countries like planting of woods
  • To introduce and establish the principles or seeds of.
  • to plant Christianity among the heathen
  • To set up; to install; to instate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We will plant some other in the throne.

    Derived terms

    * faceplant, handplant * plant out

    See also

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