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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.]




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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, a. [Fr. plain; It. piano; Sp. plano, llano; Port. plano; from L. planus; G. and Sw. plan; D. plein; Sw. Dan. D. and G. plan, a plan or scheme; W. plan, a plane, a plantation, a shoot or cion, a ray of light, whence plant, children, issue; pleiniaw, to radiate; plenig, radiant, splendid, whence ysplan, clear, bright, splendid, and ysplander, L. splendor. The Gr. πλαναω, to wander, is from the same root. Here we have decisive evidence, that plain, plan, plant, and splendor, are from the same radix. See Plant. Class Ln, No. 4, 6, 7.]

  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. – Felton.
  3. Void of ornament; simple; as, a plain dress. Plain without pomp, and rich without a show. – Dryden.
  4. Artless; simple; unlearned; without disguise, cunning or affectation; without refinement; as, men of the plainer sort. – Gen. xxv. Bacon. Plain, but pious Christians. Hammond.
  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. – Bacon.
  7. Mere; bare; as, a plain knave or fool. – Shak. Pope.
  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. – Locke.
  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 course is very plain. – Ps. xxvii. 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. – Encyc. 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. – Encyc. A horizontal plain is parallel to the horizon. An inclined plain is any plain inclined to the horizon, by whatever angle.

PLAIN, adv.

  1. Not obscurely; in a manner to be easily understood.
  2. Distinctly; articulately; as, to speak plain. – Mark vii.
  3. With simplicity; artlessly; bluntly.

PLAIN, n. [Ir. cluain; W. llan; Fr. plaine. See the adjective.]

  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. xiii.
  2. Field of battle. – Arbuthnot.

PLAIN, v.i. [Fr. plaindre; L. plango.]

To lament or wail. [Not used.] [See Complain.] – Spenser.


PLAIN, v.t.

To level; to make plain or even on the surface. – Hayward.


Plain
  1. To lament; to bewail; to complain.

    [Archaic *** Poetic] Milton.

    We with piteous heart unto you pleyne. Chaucer.

  2. To lament] to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.

    [Archaic *** Poetic] Sir J. Harrington.
  3. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.

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

  4. In a plain manner; plainly.

    "To speak short and pleyn." Chaucer. "To tell you plain." Shak.
  5. 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.

  6. To plane or level] to make plain or even on the surface.

    [R.]

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

  7. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.

    Our troops beat an army in plain fight. Felton.

  8. A field of battle.

    [Obs.] Arbuthnot.

    Lead forth my soldiers to the plain. Shak.

  9. To make plain or manifest; to explain.

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

  10. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.

    "'T is a plain case." Shak.
  11. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.

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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 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.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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