What does simple mean?

Definitions for simple
ˈsɪm pəlsim·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. simplenoun

    any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties

  2. simpleton, simpleadjective

    a person lacking intelligence or common sense

  3. simpleadjective

    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

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

  4. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematicadjective

    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)adjective

    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, simpleadjective

    exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity

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

  7. dim-witted, simple, simple-mindedadjective

    lacking mental capacity and subtlety

  8. simple, unsubdividedadjective

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

  9. simpleadjective

    unornamented

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

Wiktionary

  1. simplenoun

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

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

  2. simplenoun

    A simple or atomic proposition

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

  3. simpleverb

    To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.

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

  4. simpleadjective

    Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.

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

  5. simpleadjective

    Without ornamentation; plain.

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

  6. simpleadjective

    Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.

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

  7. simpleadjective

    Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.

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

  8. simpleadjective

    Trivial; insignificant.

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

  9. simpleadjective

    Feeble-minded; foolish.

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

  10. simpleadjective

    Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.

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

  11. simpleadjective

    Of a group: having no normal subgroup.

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

  12. simpleadjective

    Not compound, but possibly lobed.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Simpleadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  2. Simpleadjective

    plain; unadorned; as, simple dress

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  3. Simpleadjective

    mere; not other than; being only

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  4. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  5. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  6. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  7. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  8. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  9. Simpleadjective

    humble; lowly; undistinguished

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  10. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  11. Simpleadjective

    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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  12. Simpleadjective

    homogenous

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  13. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  14. Simpleadjective

    something not mixed or compounded

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  15. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  16. Simpleadjective

    a drawloom

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  17. Simpleadjective

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  18. Simpleadjective

    a feast which is not a double or a semidouble

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  19. Simpleverb

    to gather simples, or medicinal plants

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

Freebase

  1. SIMPLE

    SIMPLE, the session initiation protocol for instant messaging and presence leveraging extensions, is an instant messaging and presence protocol suite based on Session Initiation Protocol managed by the IETF. Contrary to the vast majority of IM and presence protocols used by software deployed today, SIMPLE is an open standard like XMPP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Simple

    sim′pl, adj. single: undivided: resisting decomposition: elementary, undeveloped: plain, single, entire: homogeneous: open: unaffected: undesigning: true: clear: straightforward: artless: guileless: unsuspecting: credulous: not cunning: weak in intellect: silly: of mean birth—opposed to Gentle.—n. something not mixed or compounded: a medicinal herb: a simple feast—opposed to a double or semidouble.—v.i. to gather simples or medicinal plants.—adjs. Sim′ple-heart′ed, having a simple heart: guileless; Sim′ple-mind′ed, having a simple mind: unsuspecting: undesigning.—ns. Sim′ple-mind′edness, the state or quality of being simple-minded: artlessness; Sim′pleness, the state or quality of being simple: artlessness: simplicity: folly; Sim′pler, a gatherer of simples; Sim′pless (Spens.), simplicity; Sim′pleton, a weak or foolish person.—adv. Simplic′iter, simply, not relatively.—ns. Simplic′ity, the state or quality of being simple: singleness: want of complication: openness: clearness: freedom from excessive adornment: plainness: sincerity: artlessness: credulity, silliness, folly; Simplificā′tion, the act of making simple.—adj. Sim′plificātive.—n. Sim′plificātor, one who simplifies.—v.t. Sim′plify, to make simple: to render less difficult: to make plain:—pa.t. and pa.p. sim′plified.ns. Sim′plism, affected simplicity; Sim′plist, one skilled in simples.—adj. Simplis′tic.—adv. Sim′ply, in a simple manner: artlessly: foolishly: weakly: plainly: considered by itself: alone: merely: solely. [Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.]

CrunchBase

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Editors Contribution

  1. simple

    Easy, perfect and concise to create, understand or do

    The presentation is simple and effective.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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

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

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of simple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of simple in a Sentence

  1. Lee Rainie:

    We find that a portion of the population is adjusting some activity at least in some simple ways like changing their privacy settings and being a bit more discreet in the things they say and search for.

  2. Miyah Cleckley:

    I always know that Kristen is in very good hands with him, i thought it was really cute because her father he does their hair a lot. We have five girls and one son so when Im working he has to pick up the weight of doing their hair, she detailed. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Oliver, meanwhile, said hes just glad that Paulk asked for a simple style. It was a good thing she asked for a ponytail.

  3. Bernie Ecclestone:

    The bottom line is simple: in the end, the major shareholder really doesn't want to sell. That's really the truth of things, people keep tempting him. And one day maybe...at the moment, there's people that may be doing a little more than in the past. But I think it will be difficult to get him to say yes.

  4. Debra Katz:

    Although not allowed at National Institutes of Health to utilize Rick Bright expertise in vaccines or therapeutics, Rick Bright developed a plan to implement a robust national testing infrastructure, which emphasized the critical need to provide screening tests for asymptomatic individuals and to provide services to underserved populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, national Institutes of Health leadership declined to support Dr. Bright's recommendations because of political considerations, plain and simple. After having Rick Bright work suppressed for political reasons to the detriment of public health and safety, Rick Bright was sidelined from doing any further work to combat this deadly virus.

  5. José Andrés:

    We shouldn't be here to feel good because we do something [ for ourselves ] but to see what we are doing to change the lives of others, it's a simple way of trying to see World Central. In my case it was that one plate of food can change the lives of others.

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