What does plain mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. knit, knit stitch, plain, plain stitch(adj)

    a basic knitting stitch

  3. 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"

  4. plain(adj)

    not elaborate or elaborated; simple

    "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

  5. plain, unpatterned(adj)

    lacking patterns especially in color

  6. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

  7. plain, unvarnished(adj)

    free from any effort to soften to disguise

    "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"

  8. plain, bare, spare, unembellished, unornamented(adj)

    lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

  9. homely, plain(verb)

    lacking in physical beauty or proportion

    "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"

  10. 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"

  11. 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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plain(verb)

    to lament; to bewail; to complain

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  2. Plain(verb)

    to lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  3. Plain

    without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  4. Plain

    open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  5. Plain

    not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  6. Plain

    void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  7. Plain

    not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  8. Plain

    free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  9. Plain

    not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  10. Plain

    without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  11. Plain

    not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  12. Plain

    not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  13. Plain(adverb)

    in a plain manner; plainly

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  14. Plain(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  15. Plain(adj)

    a field of battle

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  16. Plain

    to plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

  17. Plain

    to make plain or manifest; to explain

    Etymology: [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.]

Freebase

  1. Plain

    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

  1. Plain

    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.]

  2. Plain

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plain

    A term used in contradistinction to mountain, though far from implying a level surface, and it may be either elevated or low.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plain

    A field of battle.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Plain

    The name given to the Girondist party on the floor of the French House of Assembly during the Revolution, as opposed to the “Mountain” party.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3492

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2790

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Nouns Frequency: #2147

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plain' in Adjectives Frequency: #453

Anagrams for plain »

  1. Lapin

  2. Lipan

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How to say plain in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of plain in a Sentence

  1. Lydia Alpizar:

    The overwhelming lack of political commitment and financial resources, plain old sexism and misogyny, along with increasing religious fundamentalisms have affected the quality of the agreements produced by governments within the U.N. and at other levels.

  2. Edward Dahlberg:

    Intellectual sodomy, which comes from the refusal to be simple about plain matters, is as gross and abundant today as sexual perversion and they are nowise different from one another.

  3. Giorgio Armani:

    I think it's time for me to say what I think. Women keep getting raped by designers, by us, if a lady walks on the street and sees an ad with a woman with her boobs and arse in plain sight and she wants to be like that too, that's a way of raping her.

  4. Terry McAuliffe:

    I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: Go home, you are not wanted in this great Commonwealth. ... You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.

  5. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein:

    While some civilians were killed in crossfire between the fighting forces, others were reportedly summarily executed by Government (SPLA) soldiers, who appear to have specifically targeted people of Nuer origin, the fighting also resulted in widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes.

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