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Plain
WordNet 2.0
  • a basic knitting stitch
  • extensive tract of level open land
  • "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"
  • "he longed for the fields of his youth"
  • express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • "My mother complains all day"
  • "She has a lot to kick about"
  • 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"
  • free from any effort to soften to disguise
  • "the plain and unvarnished truth"
  • "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  • comprehensible to the general public
  • "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  • clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses
  • "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 reac
  • lacking patterns especially in color
  • not elaborate or elaborated
  • simple
  • "plain food"
  • "stuck to the plain facts"
  • "a plain blue suit"
  • "a plain rectangular brick building"
  • not mixed with extraneous elements
  • "plain water"
  • "sheer wine"
  • "not an unmixed blessing"
  • lacking stylistic embellishment
  • "a literal description"
  • "wrote good but plain prose"
  • "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"
  • "a forthright unembellished style"
  • 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 apparent
Plain
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To lament; to bewail; to complain. [Archaic & Poetic] Milton.

    "We with piteous heart unto you pleyne." -- Chaucer.

  • 1. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss. [Archaic & Poetic] Sir J. Harrington.

  • 1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.

    "The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain." -- Isa. xl. 4.

    2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.

    "Our troops beat an army in plain fight." -- Felton.

    3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. "'T is a plain case." Shak.

    4. (a) Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. (b) Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. "Plain yet pious Christians." Hammond. "The plain people." A. Lincoln. (c) Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. "An honest mind, and plain." Shak. (d) Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food. (e) Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman. (f) Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin. (g) Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.

    Plain battle
    open battle; pitched battle. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    Plain chant
    (Mus.) Same as Plain song, below.

    Plain chart
    (Naut.), a chart laid down on Mercator's projection.

    Plain dealer
    (a) One who practices plain dealing. (b) A simpleton. [Obs.] Shak.

    Plain dealing
    See under Dealing.

    Plain molding
    (Join.), molding of which the surfaces are plain figures.

    Plain sewing
    sewing of seams by simple and common stitches, in distinct from fancy work, embroidery, etc.; -- distinguished also from designing and fitting garments.

    Plain song
    (a) The Gregorian chant, or canto fermo; the prescribed melody of the Roman Catholic service, sung in unison, in tones of equal length, and rarely extending beyond the compass of an octave. (b) A simple melody.

    Plain speaking
    plainness or bluntness of speech.

    Syn. -- Level; flat; smooth; open; artless; unaffected; undisguised; frank; sincere; honest; candid; ingenuous; unembellished; downright; blunt; clear; simple; distinct; manifest; obvious; apparent. See Manifest.

  • 1. In a plain manner; plainly. "To speak short and pleyn." Chaucer. "To tell you plain." Shak.

  • 1. 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.

    "Descending fro the mountain into playn." -- Chaucer.

    "Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain." -- Milton.

    2. A field of battle. [Obs.] Arbuthnot.

    "Lead forth my soldiers to the plain." -- Shak.

  • 1. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface. [R.]

    "We would rake Europe rather, plain the East." -- Wither.

    2. To make plain or manifest; to explain.

    "What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech." -- Shak.

 

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