Definitions for simpleˈsɪm pəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sim•pleˈsɪm pəl(adj.; n.)-pler, -plest

  1. (adj.)easy to understand or deal with.

  2. not elaborate or complicated; plain; unembellished:

    a simple design.

  3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned:

    a simple dress.

  4. unaffected; unassuming; modest.

  5. occurring or considered alone; mere; bare:

    the simple truth.

  6. free of deceit or guile; sincere; artless.

  7. common or ordinary:

    a simple soldier.

  8. not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious:

    simple tastes.

  9. humble or lowly:

    simple folk.

  10. unlearned; ignorant.

  11. lacking mental acuteness or sense.

  12. naive; credulous.

  13. mentally deficient; simpleminded.

  14. Chem. composed of only one substance or element: not mixed.

    a simple substance.

    Category: Chemistry

  15. Bot. not divided into parts:

    a simple leaf.

    Category: Botany

  16. Zool. not compound:

    a simple ascidian.

    Category: Zoology

  17. Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single:

    a simple tone.

    Category: Music and Dance

  18. (of a subject or predicate) having only the head without modifying elements included. (of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) .

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: Compare complete (def. 5). 5; (opposed to compound 1 5 )

  19. Math.

    Category: Math

    Ref: linear (def. 7) 7

  20. (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.

    Category: Optics

  21. (n.)an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.

  22. something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.

  23. a person of humble origins; commoner.

  24. an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes:

    country simples.

    Category: Pharmacology

Origin of simple:

1175–1225; < OF < LL simplus simple = L sim- one +-plus, as in duplusduple (see -fold )

sim′ple•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. simple(noun)

    any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

  2. simpleton, simple(adj)

    a person lacking intelligence or common sense

  3. simple(adj)

    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

    "a simple problem"; "simple mechanisms"; "a simple design"; "a simple substance"

  4. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic(adj)

    easy and not involved or complicated

    "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"

  5. bare(a), mere(a), simple(a)(adj)

    apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

    "only the bare facts"; "shocked by the mere idea"; "the simple passage of time was enough"; "the simple truth"

  6. childlike, wide-eyed, round-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple(adj)

    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

    "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"

  7. dim-witted, simple, simple-minded(adj)

    lacking mental capacity and subtlety

  8. simple, unsubdivided(adj)

    (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions

  9. simple(adj)

    unornamented

    "a simple country schoolhouse"; "her black dress--simple to austerity"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. simple(adjective)ˈsɪm pəl

    ≠ difficult

    The math test was simple.

  2. simpleˈsɪm pəl

    not complicated; = straightforward

    It's a simple mechanism.

  3. simpleˈsɪm pəl

    ≠ fancy

    They led a very simple life.

Wiktionary

  1. simple(Noun)

    A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.

  2. simple(Noun)

    A simple or atomic proposition

  3. simple(Verb)

    To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.

  4. simple(Adjective)

    Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.

  5. simple(Adjective)

    Without ornamentation; plain.

  6. simple(Adjective)

    Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.

  7. simple(Adjective)

    Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.

  8. simple(Adjective)

    Trivial; insignificant.

  9. simple(Adjective)

    Feeble-minded; foolish.

  10. simple(Adjective)

    Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.

  11. simple(Adjective)

    Of a group: having no normal subgroup.

  12. simple(Adjective)

    Not compound, but possibly lobed.

  13. Origin: From simple, from and simple, from simplex, from sim- + plicare: see same and fold. Compare single, singular, simultaneous, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simple(adj)

    single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks

  2. Simple(adj)

    plain; unadorned; as, simple dress

  3. Simple(adj)

    mere; not other than; being only

  4. Simple(adj)

    not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true

  5. Simple(adj)

    artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward

  6. Simple(adj)

    direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language

  7. Simple(adj)

    weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly

  8. Simple(adj)

    not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living

  9. Simple(adj)

    humble; lowly; undistinguished

  10. Simple(adj)

    without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf

  11. Simple(adj)

    not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. Cf. Ultimate, a

  12. Simple(adj)

    homogenous

  13. Simple(adj)

    consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; -- opposed to compound

  14. Simple(adj)

    something not mixed or compounded

  15. Simple(adj)

    a medicinal plant; -- so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy

  16. Simple(adj)

    a drawloom

  17. Simple(adj)

    a part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom

  18. Simple(adj)

    a feast which is not a double or a semidouble

  19. Simple(verb)

    to gather simples, or medicinal plants

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #696

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #953

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'simple' in Adjectives Frequency: #68


Translations for simple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

simple(adjective)

not difficult; easy

a simple task.

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