plain Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun extensive tract of level open land
- they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
- he longed for the fields of his youth
noun a basic knitting stitch
plain stitch; knit; knit stitch.
verb express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
kvetch; sound off; kick; complain; quetch.
- My mother complains all day
- She has a lot to kick about
adjective satellite clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
evident; patent; apparent; unmistakable; manifest.
- 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 reactionary
- in plain view
adjective not elaborate or elaborated; simple
- plain food
- stuck to the plain facts
- a plain blue suit
- a plain rectangular brick building
adjective lacking patterns especially in color
adjective satellite not mixed with extraneous elements
sheer; unmingled; unmixed.
- plain water
- sheer wine
- not an unmixed blessing
adjective satellite free from any effort to soften to disguise
- the plain and unvarnished truth
- the unvarnished candor of old people and children
adjective satellite lacking embellishment or ornamentation
spare; unornamented; bare; unembellished.
- a plain hair style
- unembellished white walls
- functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
adjective satellite lacking in physical beauty or proportion
- a homely child
- several of the buildings were downright homely
- a plain girl with a freckled face
adverb unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
patently; plainly; obviously; manifestly; apparently; evidently.
- 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 apparently been living here for some time
- I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
- You are plainly wrong
- he is plain stubborn
Plain intransitive verb
To lament; to bewail; to complain.Archaic & Poetic Milton.
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne. Chaucer.
Plain transitive verb
To lament; to mourn over;Archaic & Poetic Sir J. Harrington. as, to. plaina loss
EtymologyF., level, flat, fr. L.
Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. Isa. xl. 4.
Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Our troops beat an army in plain fight. Felton.
Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable."'T is a plain case." Shak.
(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,. plainfood (e) Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a. plainwoman (f) Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as,. plainmuslin (g) Not much varied by modulations; as, a. plaintune Syn. -- Level; flat; smooth; open; artless; unaffected; undisguised; frank; sincere; honest; candid; ingenuous; unembellished; downright; blunt; clear; simple; distinct; manifest; obvious; apparent. See Manifest.
In a plain manner; plainly."To speak short and pleyn." Chaucer. "To tell you plain." Shak.
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 plainof Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.
Descending fro the mountain into playn. Chaucer.
Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain. Milton.
A field of battle.Obs. Arbuthnot.
Lead forth my soldiers to the plain. Shak.
Plain transitive verb
To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface. R.
We would rake Europe rather, plain the East. Wither.
To make plain or manifest; to explain.
What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech. Shak.
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