plain Idioms & Phrases


alluvial plain

  • noun a flat resulting from repeated deposits of alluvial material by running water
    alluvial flat.
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coastal plain

  • noun a plain adjacent to a coast
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Cock of the plains

  • (Zoöl.) See Sage cock.
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flood plain

  • noun a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding
    floodplain.
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great plains

  • noun a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
    Great Plains.
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great plains of north america

  • noun a vast prairie region extending from Alberta and Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada south through the west central United States into Texas; formerly inhabited by Native Americans
    Great Plains.
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great plains paintbrush

  • noun hairy plant with pinkish flowers; Great Plains to northern Mexico
    Castilleja sessiliflora.
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nullarbor plain

  • noun a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited; the site of a major rocket research center
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On the European plain

  • having rooms to let, and leaving it optional with guests whether they will take meals in the house; said of hotels. U. S.
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Plain battle

  • open battle; pitched battle. Obs. Chaucer.
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Plain chant

  • (Mus.) Same as Plain song, below.
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Plain chart

  • (Naut.), a chart laid down on Mercator's projection.
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plain clothes

  • noun ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
    civilian garb; civilian dress; civilian clothing.
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Plain dealer

  • . (a) One who practices plain dealing . (b) A simpleton . Obs. Shak.
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Plain dealing

  • . See under Dealing.
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plain flour

  • noun flour that does not contain a raising agent
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Plain molding

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

  • noun easy unobstructed progress
    clear sailing; easy going.
    • after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing
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Plain sewing

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

  • plainness or bluntness of speech.
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plain stitch

  • noun a basic knitting stitch
    plain; knit; knit stitch.
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plain turkey

  • noun popular Australian game bird
    Choriotis australis.
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plain wanderer

  • noun small Australian bird related to the button quail; classified as wading bird but inhabits plains
    Pedionomus torquatus.
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plain weave

  • noun a basic style of weave in which the weft and warp threads intertwine alternately to produce a checkerboard effect
    taffeta weave.
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plain-dealing

Plain"-deal`ing adjective

Definitions
  1. Practicing plain dealing; artless. See Plain dealing, under Dealing. Shak.
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plain-hearted

Plain"-heart`ed adjective

Definitions
  1. Frank; sincere; artless. Milton. -- Plain"-heart`ed*ness, n.
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plain-laid

Plain"-laid` adjective

Definitions
  1. (Naut.) Consisting of strands twisted together in the ordinary way; as, a plain-laid rope. See Illust. of Cordage.
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plain-spoken

Plain"-spo`ken adjective

Definitions
  1. Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity; also, spoken sincerely; as, plain-spoken words. Dryden.
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plain-woven

  • adjective satellite (of cloth) made in plain weave
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plains indian

  • noun a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
    Buffalo Indian.
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plains lemon monarda

  • noun annual of southern United States
    Monarda pectinata.
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plains pocket gopher

  • noun gopher of chiefly grasslands of central North America
    Geomys bursarius.
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plains pocket mouse

  • noun small rodent of open areas of United States plains states
    Perognathus flavescens.
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plains spadefoot

  • noun this spadefoot toad lives in plains and hills and river bottoms in areas of low rainfall east of the Rocky Mountains
    Scaphiopus bombifrons.
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salt plain

  • noun a flat expanse of salt left by the evaporation of a body of salt water
    salt flat.
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serengeti plain

  • noun a vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife
    Serengeti.
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