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1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

1828 Noah Webster Dictionary
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41211 plain PLAIN, a. [L. planus; splendor. Gr. to wander. ]1. Smooth; even; level; flat; without elevations and depressions; not rough; as plain ground or land; a
41212 plain-dealing PLAIN-DE'ALING, a. [plain and deal. ] Dealing or communicating with frankness and sincerity; honest; open; speaking and acting without art; as a
41213 plain-hearted PLA'IN-HE`ARTED, a. Having a sincere heart; communicating without art, reserve or hypocrisy; of a frank disposition.
41214 plain-heartedness PLAIN-HE`ARTEDNESS, n. Frankness of disposition; sincerity.
41218 plainly PLA'INLY, adv. With a level surface. [Little used. ]1. Without cunning or disguise. 2. Without ornament or artificial embellishment; as, to be plainly
41219 plainness PLA'INNESS, n. Levelness; evenness or surface. 1. Want of ornament; want of artificial show. So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit. 2. Openness;
41215 plain-song PLA'IN-SONG, n. The plain unvaried chant of churches; so called in contradistinction from the prick-song, or variegated music sung by note.
41216 plain-spoken PLA'IN-SPOKEN, a. Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity.
41220 plaint PLAINT, n. [L. plango, to strike, to beat, to lament, whence complaint; Gr. to strike, from the root disused, whence, a stroke; L. plaga, Eng.
41221 plaintful PLA'INTFUL, a. Complaining; expressing sorrow with an audible voice; as my plaintful tongue.
41222 plaintif PLA'INTIF, n. In law, the person who commences a suit before a tribunal, for the recovery of a claim; opposed to defendant. [Prior uses this word as an
41223 plaintive PLA'INTIVE, a. Lamenting; complaining; expressive of sorrow; as a plaintive sound or song. 1. Complaining; expressing sorrow or grief; repining. To sooth
41224 plaintively PLA'INTIVELY , adv. In a manner expressive of grief.
41225 plaintiveness PLA'INTIVENESS, n. The quality or state of expressing grief.
41226 plaintless PLA'INTLESS, a. Without complaint; unrepining.
41217 plain-work PLA'IN-WORK, n. Plain needlework, as distinguished from embroidery.
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PLAIN, a. [L. planus; splendor. Gr. to wander.]

1. Smooth; even; level; flat; without elevations and depressions; not rough; as plain ground or land; a plain surface. In this sense, in philosophical writings, it is written plane.

2. Open; clear.

Our troops beat an army in plain fight and open field.

3. Void of ornament; simple; as a plain dress.

Plain without pomp, and rich without a show.

4. Artless; simple; unlearned; without disguise, cunning or affectation; without refinement; as men of the plainer sort.

Gen. 25.

Plain but pious christians--

5. Artless; simple; unaffected; unembellished; as a plain tale or narration.

6. Honestly undisguised; open; frank; sincere; unreserved. I will tell you the plain truth.

Give me leave to be plain with you.

7. Mere; bare; as a plain knave or fool.

8. Evident to the understanding; clear; manifest; not obscure; as plain words or language; a plain difference; a plain argument.

It is plain in the history, that Esau was never subject to Jacob.

9. Not much varied by modulations; as a plain song or tune.

10. Not high seasoned; not rich; not luxuriously dressed; as a plain diet.

11. Not ornamented with figures; as plain muslin.

12. Not dyed.

13. Not difficult; not embarrassing; as a plain case in law.

14. Easily seen or discovered; not obscure or difficult to be found; as a plain road or path. Our coarse is very plain. Ps.27.

A plain or plane figure, in geometry, is a uniform surface, from every point of whose perimeter right lines may be drawn to every other point in the same.

A plain figure, in geometry, is a surface in which, if any two points are taken,the straight line which joins them lies wholly in that surface.

A plain angle, is one contained under two lines or surfaces, in contradistinction to a solid angle.

PLAIN, adv. Not obscurely; in a manner to be easily understood.

1. Distinctly; articulately; as, to speak plain. Mark 7.

2. With simplicity; artlessly; bluntly.

PLAIN, n.

1. Level land; usually, an open field with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as all the plain of Jordan. Gen.13.

2. Field of battle.

PLAIN, v.t. To level; to make plain or even on the surface.

PLAIN, v.i. [L. plango.] To lament or wail. [Not used.] [See Complain.]


plain-dealing

PLAIN-DE'ALING, a. [plain and deal.] Dealing or communicating with frankness and sincerity; honest; open; speaking and acting without art; as a plain-dealing man.

PLAIN-DE'ALING, n. A speaking or communicating with openness and sincerity; management without art, stratagem or disguise; sincerity.


plain-hearted

PLA'IN-HE`ARTED, a. Having a sincere heart; communicating without art, reserve or hypocrisy; of a frank disposition.


plain-heartedness

PLAIN-HE`ARTEDNESS, n. Frankness of disposition; sincerity.


plainly

PLA'INLY, adv. With a level surface. [Little used.]

1. Without cunning or disguise.

2. Without ornament or artificial embellishment; as, to be plainly clad.

3. Frankly; honestly; sincerely; as, deal plainly with me.

4. In earnest; fairly.

5. In a manner to be easily seen or comprehended.

Thou shalt write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly. Deut.27.

6. Evidently; clearly; not obscurely. The doctrines of grace are plainly taught in the Scriptures.

plainness

PLA'INNESS, n. Levelness; evenness or surface.

1. Want of ornament; want of artificial show.

So modest plainness sets off sprightly wit.

2. Openness; rough, blunt or unrefined frankness.

Your plainness and your shortness please me well.

3. Artlessness; simplicity; candor; as unthinking plainness.

4. Clearness; openness; sincerity.

Seeing then we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. 2 Cor.3.

plain-song

PLA'IN-SONG, n. The plain unvaried chant of churches; so called in contradistinction from the prick-song, or variegated music sung by note.


plain-spoken

PLA'IN-SPOKEN, a. Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity.


plaint

PLAINT, n. [L. plango, to strike, to beat, to lament, whence complaint; Gr. to strike, from the root disused, whence, a stroke; L. plaga, Eng. plague.]

1. Lamentation; complaint; audible expression of sorrow.

From inward grief

His bursting passion into plaints thus pour'd.

2. Complaint; representation made of injury or wrong done.

There are three just grounds of war with Spain; one of plaints; two upon defense.

3. In law, a private memorial tendered to a court, in which the person sets forth his cause of action.

4. In law, a complaint; a formal accusation exhibited by a private person against an offender for a breach of law or a public offense.

plaintful

PLA'INTFUL, a. Complaining; expressing sorrow with an audible voice; as my plaintful tongue.


plaintif

PLA'INTIF, n. In law, the person who commences a suit before a tribunal, for the recovery of a claim; opposed to defendant.

[Prior uses this word as an adjective, in the French sense, for plaintive, but the use is not authorized.]

plaintive

PLA'INTIVE, a. Lamenting; complaining; expressive of sorrow; as a plaintive sound or song.

1. Complaining; expressing sorrow or grief; repining.

To sooth the sorrows of her plaintive son.

plaintively

PLA'INTIVELY ,adv. In a manner expressive of grief.


plaintiveness

PLA'INTIVENESS, n. The quality or state of expressing grief.


plaintless

PLA'INTLESS, a. Without complaint; unrepining.


plain-work

PLA'IN-WORK, n. Plain needlework, as distinguished from embroidery.


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grave

GRAVE, a final syllable, is a grove.

GRAVE, v.t. pret. graved; pp. graven or graved. [Gr. to write; originally all writing was graving; Eng. to scrape.]

1. To carve or cut letters or figures on stone or other hard substance, with a chisel or edged tool; to engrave. [The latter word is now more generally used.]

Thou shalt take two onyx-stones and grave on them the names of the children of Israel. Ex.28.

2. To carve; to form or shape by cutting with a chisel; as, to grave an image.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Ex.20.

3. To clean a ship's bottom by burning off filth, grass or other foreign matter, and paying it over with pitch.

4. To entomb. [Unusual.]

GRAVE, v.i. To carve; to write or delineate on hard substances; to practice engraving.

GRAVE, n. [L. scrobs.]

1. The ditch, pit or excavated place in which a dead human body is deposited; a place for the corpse of a human being; a sepulcher.

2. A tomb.

3. Any place where the dead are reposited; a place of great slaughter or mortality. Flanders was formerly the grave of English armies. Russia proved to be the grave of the French army under Bonaparte. The tropical climates are the grave of American seamen and of British soldiers.

4. Graves, in the plural, sediment of tallow melted. [Not in use or local.]

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buzz

BUZZ, v.i.

1. To make a low hissing sound, as bees; to make the sound of z, with an expiration of breath between the tongue and the roof of the mouth or upper teeth.

2. To whisper; to speak with a low hissing voice; to make a low hissing sound.

BUZZ, v.t. To whisper; to spread, as report, by whispers, or to spread secretly.

BUZZ, n. The noise of bees; also,a whisper.

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