plain, field, champaign(noun)
extensive tract of level open land
"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch(adj)
a basic knitting stitch
apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable(adj)
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
"plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
lacking patterns especially in color
plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)
not mixed with extraneous elements
"plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
free from any effort to soften to disguise
"the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented(adj)
lacking embellishment or ornamentation
"a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
"a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"
complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(adverb)
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
"My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly, plain(adverb)
unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
"the answer is obviously wrong"; "she was in bed and evidently in great pain"; "he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list"; "it is all patently nonsense"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn"
to lament; to bewail; to complain
to lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss
without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane
open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair
not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable
void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple
not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common
free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank
not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food
without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman
not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin
not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune
in a plain manner; plainly
level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies
a field of battle
to plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface
to make plain or manifest; to explain
Origin: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]
In geography, a plain are fertile regions. They are vast and flat and are very conductive to habitation. For these reasons, the plains of the world have the highest density of population. Some of them have been cradles of famous civilizations. Large rivers and their tributaries that provide enough water for human and animal consumption usually drain plains. Plains occur as lowlands and at the bottoms of valleys but also on plateaus at high elevations. In a valley, a plain is enclosed on two sides but in other cases a plain may be delineated by a complete or partial ring of hills, by mountains or cliffs. Where a geological region contains more than one plain, they may be connected by a pass. Plains may have been formed from flowing lava, deposited by water, ice or wind, or formed by erosion by these agents from hills and mountains. Plains in many areas are important for agriculture because where the soils were deposited as sediments they may be deep and fertile, and the flatness facilitates mechanization of crop production; or because they support grasslands which provide good grazing for livestock.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plān, v.t. and v.i. to complain: to lament.—ns. Plain′ant, one who complains: a plaintiff; Plain′ing (Shak.), complaint. [O. Fr. pleigner (Fr. plaindre)—L. plangĕre, to lament.]
plān, adj. without elevations, even, flat: level, smooth, without obstructions: free from difficulties, easy, simple: without ornament or beauty, homely: artless: sincere: evident, unmistakable: mere: not coloured, figured, or variegated: not highly seasoned, natural, not cooked or dressed: not trumps at cards.—n. an extent of level land: an open field.—adv. clearly: distinctly.—v.t. (obs.) to make plain.—n.pl. Plain′-clothes, clothes worn by an officer when off duty or not in uniform.—ns. Plain′-cook, one able to cook all ordinary dishes; Plain′-deal′er, one who deals or speaks his mind plainly.—adj. Plain′-deal′ing, speaking or acting plainly, candid.—n. candid speaking or acting, sincerity.—adj. Plain′-heart′ed, having a plain or honest heart: sincere.—n. Plain′-heart′edness.—adv. Plain′ly.—ns. Plain′ness; Plain′-song, the music of a recitative-like character and sung in unison, used in the Christian Church of the West from the earliest times, and still in use in all R.C. churches: a simple air without variations: a plain unvarnished statement; Plain′-speak′ing, straight-forwardness or bluntness of speech.—adj. Plain′-spok′en, speaking with plain, rough sincerity.—n.pl. Plain′stanes (Scot.), flagstones, pavement.—n. Plain′work, plain needlework, as distinguished from embroidery.—Plain as a pikestaff, perfectly plain or clear. [Fr.,—L. plānus, plain.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3492
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2790
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Nouns Frequency: #2147
Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Adjectives Frequency: #453
The numerical value of plain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of plain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
He wouldn’t do the plain-speak, that’s what we’re looking for, the plain talk.
Kids need to know that guns aren't toys and we shouldn't provide them to our kids, plain and simple.
When you are in public spaces, where you have a right to be, you can photograph anything that is in plain view.
Images & Illustrations of plain
Translations for plain
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- simple, senzill, net, pla, naturalCatalan, Valencian
- prostý, obyčejný, pláň, planinaCzech
- ensfarvet, sletteDanish
- schlicht, Natur, EbeneGerman
- ebeno, ebenaĵoEsperanto
- [[con]] [[caracter]]es [[normal]]es, desabrido, natural, sencillo, [[sin]] caracteres especiales, llanura, planicie, [[libre]] de caracteres [[especial]]esSpanish
- xume, lau, apalBasque
- tasanko, tavallinen, yksinkertainen, selväFinnish
- plaine, nature, simpleFrench
- sìmplidhScottish Gaelic
- alföld, egyszerű, síkság, rónaHungarian
- հարթավայր, պարզ, դաշտավայրArmenian
- pianura, sempliceItalian
- 平野, 普通, 平地, 平, 普段, 平易, 質素Japanese
- វាល, វាលរាប, វាលទំនាបKhmer
- māmore, tōtōkau, pākihi, taramore, tōkau, māniaMāori
- ensfarget, ensfargaNorwegian
- vlakte, eenvoudig, kaalDutch
- einsfarga, slette, slettNorwegian Nynorsk
- halgaiNavajo, Navaho
- zwyczajny, prosty, równina, zwykłyPolish
- simples, natural, planície, insípidoPortuguese
- șes, câmpieRomanian
- обыкновенный, обычный, равнина, простойRussian
- običan, jednostavan, ravnica, равницаSerbo-Croatian
- rovina, planinaSlovak
- slätt, enfärgad, vanligSwedish
- đồng bằngVietnamese
Get even more translations for plain »
Find a translation for the plain definition in other languages:
Select another language: