What does simple mean?

Definitions for simple
ˈsɪm pəlsim·ple

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word simple.

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"

Wiktionary

  1. simple(Noun)

    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. simple(Noun)

    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. simple(Verb)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    Without ornamentation; plain.

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

  6. simple(Adjective)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    Trivial; insignificant.

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

  9. simple(Adjective)

    Feeble-minded; foolish.

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

  10. simple(Adjective)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    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. simple(Adjective)

    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. 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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  2. Simple(adj)

    plain; unadorned; as, simple dress

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  3. Simple(adj)

    mere; not other than; being only

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  4. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  5. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  6. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  7. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  8. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  9. Simple(adj)

    humble; lowly; undistinguished

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  10. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  12. Simple(adj)

    homogenous

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  13. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  14. Simple(adj)

    something not mixed or compounded

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  16. Simple(adj)

    a drawloom

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  17. Simple(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  18. Simple(adj)

    a feast which is not a double or a semidouble

    Etymology: [F. See Simple, a.]

  19. Simple(verb)

    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 was simple but effective.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 22, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  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. Rande Gerber and George Clooney:

    We worked on Casamigos for over five years and we took our time and had the patience to get it right, the bottle and label are understated and really simple. Our focus is on what’s inside the bottle.

  2. Latvian Porzingis:

    I always try to stay confident in my ability. I've never really doubted myself on the court, but when things are not clicking you start to tense up a little bit, it took me time to figure some things out. I feel really comfortable out there now, it feels in the rhythm of the game. I know where my jump shots are going to come from and when I can be aggressive. It feels more simple and natural.

  3. Tim Vogus:

    These practices are pretty simple things -- recognizing people publicly for giving especially compassionate care.

  4. Thomas John Watson, Sr.:

    Would you like me to give you a formula for...success It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure... You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all... You can be discouraged by failure--or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success. On the far side.

  5. Marjorie Wallace:

    A simple blood test that could select this group... and offer them more tailored treatment, including more intensive talking therapies, could prevent months, even years, of frustration and suffering.

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