plain

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1plain

verb \ˈplān\

Definition of PLAIN

intransitive verb
archaic
:  complain

Origin of PLAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French pleindre, plaindre, from Latin plangere to lament — more at plaint
First Known Use: 14th century

2plain

noun

: a large area of flat land without trees

Full Definition of PLAIN

1
a :  an extensive area of level or rolling treeless country
b :  a broad unbroken expanse
2
:  something free from artifice, ornament, or extraneous matter

Examples of PLAIN

  1. the Great Plains of the United States
  2. <the first settlers in that area lived on the vast plains in lonely log cabins>

Origin of PLAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin planum, from neuter of planus flat, plain — more at floor
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

3plain

adjective

: having no pattern or decoration

: not having any added or extra things

: easy to see or understand

Full Definition of PLAIN

1
archaic :  even, level
2
:  lacking ornament :  undecorated
3
:  free of extraneous matter :  pure
4
:  free of impediments to view :  unobstructed
5
a (1) :  evident to the mind or senses :  obvious <it's perfectly plain that they will resist> (2) :  clear <let me make my meaning plain>
b :  marked by outspoken candor :  free from duplicity or subtlety :  blunt <plain talk>
6
a :  belonging to the masses :  common
b :  lacking special distinction or affectation :  ordinary
7
:  characterized by simplicity :  not complicated <plain home-cooked meals>
8
:  lacking beauty or ugliness
plain·ly adverb
plain·ness \ˈplān-nəs\ noun

Examples of PLAIN

  1. It was a plain room with no curtains.
  2. She was wearing plain black shoes.
  3. He printed the picture on plain paper.
  4. a piece of plain chicken
  5. You don't have to call me Mr. Johnson—just plain Fred will be fine.
  6. What he said is a lie, plain and simple.

First Known Use of PLAIN

14th century

4plain

adverb

Definition of PLAIN

:  in a plain manner :  without obscurity or ambiguity <saw them clearly and told you plainAmerican Documentation>

First Known Use of PLAIN

14th century

5plain

adverb

Definition of PLAIN

:  absolutely 1 <plain wrong>

Origin of PLAIN

partly from Middle English plein entire, complete, from Anglo-French, full, from Latin plenus; partly from 4plain — more at full
First Known Use: 1535

plain

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any relatively level area of the Earth's surface that exhibits gentle slopes and small local relief (differences in elevation). Occupying slightly more than one-third of the terrestrial surface, plains are found on all continents except Antarctica. Some are tree-covered, and others are grassy. Still others support scrub brush and bunch grass, and a few are nearly waterless deserts. With certain exceptions, plains have become the sites of major centres of population, industry, commerce, and transportation.

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