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Definitions of plain

  1. clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; " 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"
  2. unmistakably; " 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"; (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly' as in" he is plain stubborn")
  3. extensive tract of level open land; " they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; " he longed for the fields of his youth"
  4. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; " My mother complains all day"; " She has a lot to kick about"
  5. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; " a homely child"; " several of the buildings were downright homely"; " a plain girl with a freckled face"
  6. a basic knitting stitch
  7. lacking stylistic embellishment; " a literal description"; " wrote good but plain prose"; " a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; " a forthright unembellished style"
  8. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; " a plain hair style"; " unembellished white walls"; " functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
  9. free from any effort to soften to disguise; " the plain and unvarnished truth"; " the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
  10. comprehensible to the general public; " written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
  11. lacking patterns especially in color
  12. not mixed with extraneous elements; " plain water"; " sheer wine"; " not an unmixed blessing"
  13. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; " plain food"; " stuck to the plain facts"; " a plain blue suit"; " a plain rectangular brick building"
  14. unmistakably (` plain' is often used informally for ` plainly'); " 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".
  15. To lament; to bewail; to complain.
  16. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
  17. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
  18. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
  19. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
  20. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
  21. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common.
  22. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.
  23. Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.
  24. Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.
  25. Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.
  26. Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.
  27. In a plain manner; plainly.
  28. 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.
  29. A field of battle.
  30. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
  31. To make plain or manifest; to explain.
  32. Clearly.
  33. Level; flat; even; smooth; clear; evident; as, in plain sight; easily understood; as, plain talk; unlearned; unpolished; simple in manners; as, a plain man; not luxurious; as, plain living; without ornament; as, plain furniture; without beauty; homely; as, a plain face.
  34. Level land; any flat expanse.
  35. Plainly.
  36. Plainness.
  37. A more or less smooth and level area.
  38. Even: flat: level: smooth: simple: homely: artless: sincere: evident: mere: not colored or figured.
  39. Plain level land: any flat expanse: an open field.
  40. Honestly: distinctly.
  41. Level land.
  42. Level; simple; homely; clear; mere; not figured or gay.
  43. Flat; smooth; easy; readily understood.
  44. Lowly; unlearned; unadorned; unpretending; simple.
  45. Lacking personal beauty.
  46. An expanse of level land.
  47. Smooth; level: open; void of ornament; artless; simple; unaffected; undisguised; sincere; clear; easily seen or discovered; not difficult; not rich.
  48. Not obscurely; artlessly.
  49. Level land or open field.
  50. Without ornament or embellishment; homely; artless; frank; sincere; candid; easily understood; not difficult; clear; not luxurious, as in food; smooth, level, or flat.
  51. Not obscurely; distinctly.
  52. Level land; a flat expanse- extensive plains in Asia are called steppes, in Africa, deserts, in S. Amer., pampas and llanos, in N. Amer., prairies and savannahs.
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Usage examples for plain

  1. The story at bottom is very plain – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  2. This does not mean that a friend should always be what is called plain spoken. – Friendship by Hugh Black
  3. My duty is plain I must go with Lucy. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
  4. The plain people are better off than they have ever been before. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  5. Now let me be sure I make myself plain – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  6. Then they'll not believe him- they'll believe you a deal sooner than him that way; but you must be plain about this, Brady, that they were talking about Ussher that night- d'ye hear? – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  7. Can't we be plain with one another? – The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
  8. But it's plain as day, man! – They Call Me Carpenter by Upton Sinclair
  9. That was plain to be seen. – Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  10. The plain clothes men returned almost at once. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  11. I made the point as plain as I have made it now? – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  12. It was plain that he had forgotten us. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  13. " Mistress Margaret," she said, " I have been thinking a great deal; and it seems very plain when you talk. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  14. And in this case my duty is plain – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  15. That had been plain to her for some time. – Missing by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  16. That he had some bad news to report was plain to all of us. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. " It is plain to see that the husband wants to get rid of his wife," she said after a while. – The Privet Hedge by J. E. Buckrose
  18. One thing was plain – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  19. Then, hastening across the plain with their rich prize, they soon reached the Grecian camp, where Nestor and the other chiefs joyfully welcomed them. – The Story of Troy by Michael Clarke
  20. She had made it quite plain that on her side she wanted frankness. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
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