Definitions for Planepleɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

planepleɪn(n.; adj.; v.)planed, plan•ing.

  1. (n.)a flat or level surface.

  2. Geom. a surface generated by a straight line moving at a constant velocity with respect to a fixed point.

    Category: Math

  3. an area of a two-dimensional surface having determinate extension and spatial direction or position:

    horizontal plane.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. a level of dignity, character, or the like:

    a high moral plane.

  5. Aeron. an airplane or a hydroplane. a thin, flat or curved, extended section of an airplane or a hydroplane, affording a supporting surface.

    Category: Aeronautics

  6. (adj.)flat or level, as a surface.

  7. of or pertaining to planes or plane figures.

    Category: Math

  8. (v.i.)to glide or soar.

  9. (of a boat) to rise partly out of the water when moving at high speed.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  10. Informal. to fly or travel in an airplane.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of plane:

1400–50; (n., adj.) < L plānum flat surface, plānus flat; (v.) late ME planen (of a bird) to soar (cf. MF planer); (defs. 5,10,11 ) shortening of aeroplane , airplane , or hydroplane

planepleɪn(n.; v.)planed, plan•ing.

  1. (n.)any of various woodworking instruments for paring, truing, or smoothing, or for forming moldings, chamfers, etc., by means of an inclined, adjustable blade moved along and against the piece being worked.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. (v.t.)to smooth or dress with or as if with a plane or a planer.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. to remove by or as if by means of a plane (usu. fol. by away or off).

    Category: Building Trades

  4. (v.i.)to work with a plane.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. to function as a plane.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of plane:

1275–1325; (n.) ME (< MF) < LL plāna, der. of plānāre to smooth, der. of L plānusplain1; (v.) ME planen (< MF planer) < LL plānāre


  1. Category: Plants

    Ref: plane tree.

Origin of plane:

1350–1400; ME < MF < L platanus < Gk plátanos, der. of platýs broad, flat1 (with reference to the leaves)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. airplane, aeroplane, plane(noun)

    an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets

    "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"

  2. plane, sheet(noun)

    (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape

    "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"

  3. plane(noun)

    a level of existence or development

    "he lived on a worldly plane"

  4. plane, planer, planing machine(noun)

    a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood

  5. plane, carpenter's plane, woodworking plane(adj)

    a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood

    "the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work"

  6. flat, level, plane(verb)

    having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another

    "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface"; "skirts sewn with fine flat seams"

  7. plane, shave(verb)

    cut or remove with or as if with a plane

    "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"

  8. plane, skim(verb)

    travel on the surface of water

  9. plane(verb)

    make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane

    "plane the top of the door"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. plane(noun)ɪn

    an airplane

    passengers boarding the plane; as the plane landed/took off; to travel by plane

  2. planeɪn

    a level in a system

    a higher plane of existence


  1. plane(Noun)

    A tool for smoothing wood by removing thin layers from the surface.

  2. plane(Verb)

    To smooth (wood) with a plane.

  3. plane(Noun)

    An airplane; an aeroplane.

  4. plane(Verb)

    To move in a way that lifts the bow of a boat out of the water.

  5. plane(Verb)

    To glide or soar.

  6. plane(Noun)

    A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus.

  7. plane(Noun)

    A sycamore.

  8. Origin: From planum, a noun use of the neuter of planus. The word was introduced in the seventeenth century to distinguish the geometrical senses from the other senses of plain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plane(noun)

    any tree of the genus Platanus

  2. Plane(adj)

    without elevations or depressions; even; level; flat; lying in, or constituting, a plane; as, a plane surface

  3. Plane(adj)

    a surface, real or imaginary, in which, if any two points are taken, the straight line which joins them lies wholly in that surface; or a surface, any section of which by a like surface is a straight line; a surface without curvature

  4. Plane(adj)

    an ideal surface, conceived as coinciding with, or containing, some designated astronomical line, circle, or other curve; as, the plane of an orbit; the plane of the ecliptic, or of the equator

  5. Plane(adj)

    a block or plate having a perfectly flat surface, used as a standard of flatness; a surface plate

  6. Plane(adj)

    a tool for smoothing boards or other surfaces of wood, for forming moldings, etc. It consists of a smooth-soled stock, usually of wood, from the under side or face of which projects slightly the steel cutting edge of a chisel, called the iron, which inclines backward, with an apperture in front for the escape of shavings; as, the jack plane; the smoothing plane; the molding plane, etc

  7. Plane(adj)

    to make smooth; to level; to pare off the inequalities of the surface of, as of a board or other piece of wood, by the use of a plane; as, to plane a plank

  8. Plane(adj)

    to efface or remove

  9. Plane(adj)

    figuratively, to make plain or smooth


  1. Plane

    In esoteric cosmology, a plane, other than the physical plane is conceived as a subtle state of consciousness that transcends the known physical universe. The concept may be found in religious, and esoteric teachings—e.g. Vedanta, Ayyavazhi, shamanism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, Kashmir Shaivism, Sant Mat/Surat Shabd Yoga, Sufism, Druze, Kabbalah, Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Rosicrucianism, Eckankar, Ascended Master Teachings, etc.—which propound the idea of a whole series of subtle planes or worlds or dimensions which, from a center, interpenetrate themselves and the physical planet in which we live, the solar systems, and all the physical structures of the universe. This interpenetration of planes culminates in the universe itself as a physical structured, dynamic and evolutive expression emanated through a series of steadily denser stages, becoming progressively more material and embodied. The emanation is conceived, according to esoteric teachings, to have been originated, at the dawn of the universe's manifestation, in The Supreme Being Who sent out—from the unmanifested Absolute beyond comprehension—the dynamic force of creative energy, as sound-vibration, into the abyss of space. On the other hand, it states that this dynamic force is being sent forth, through the ages, framing all things that constitute and inhabit the universe.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plane' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2986

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plane' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2910

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Plane' in Nouns Frequency: #1018

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an aeroplane.

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