Definitions of plane

  1. To make level; make smooth or even with a tool.
  2. To make a surface ( as of wood) level.
  3. To smooth with a plane.
  4. To make smooth or even; bring to a level; dress with a plane.
  5. Of a boat, to lift more or less out of the water while in motion, after the manner of a hydroplane; to hydroplane.
  6. make even or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane
  7. To make smooth. Inclined plane, a plane inclined to the horizon at any angle whatever.
  8. To make level or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane; to free from inequalities of surface.
  9. an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; " the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
  10. a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood; " the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work"
  11. ( mathematics) an unbounded two- dimensional shape; " we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X- Y plane"; " any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
  12. a level of existence or development; " he lived on a worldly plane"
  13. Any tree of the genus Platanus.
  14. A flat or even surface; a grade or level of life; as, a person's social plane; a carpenter's tool for smoothing wood.
  15. A level surface: ( geom.) an even superficies.
  16. An even surface; tool for smoothing surfaces; tree with broad leaves.
  17. Planer.
  18. A flat surface.
  19. A grade of development; stage; level.
  20. Aero. The principal, or one of the principal supporting elements of an aeroplane.
  21. A tool for producing a smooth, even surface.
  22. The sycamore or buttonwood. planetree.
  23. An even or level surface; an instrument used in smoothing boards.
  24. An even or level surface; a surface without curvature; an imaginary surface assumed to cut and pass through a body, or one of the supposed curves of the celestial sphere; in surv., a level surface parallel to the horizon; a tool for smoothing wood.
  25. cut or remove with or as if with a plane; " The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
  26. make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane; " plane the top of the door"
  27. Without elevations or depressions; even; level; flat; lying in, or constituting, a plane; as, a plane surface.
  28. A surface, real or imaginary, in which, if any two points are taken, the straight line which joins them lies wholly in that surface; or a surface, any section of which by a like surface is a straight line; a surface without curvature.
  29. An ideal surface, conceived as coinciding with, or containing, some designated astronomical line, circle, or other curve; as, the plane of an orbit; the plane of the ecliptic, or of the equator.
  30. A block or plate having a perfectly flat surface, used as a standard of flatness; a surface plate.
  31. A tool for smoothing boards or other surfaces of wood, for forming moldings, etc. It consists of a smooth- soled stock, usually of wood, from the under side or face of which projects slightly the steel cutting edge of a chisel, called the iron, which inclines backward, with an apperture in front for the escape of shavings; as, the jack plane; the smoothing plane; the molding plane, etc.
  32. To make smooth; to level; to pare off the inequalities of the surface of, as of a board or other piece of wood, by the use of a plane; as, to plane a plank.
  33. To efface or remove.
  34. Figuratively, to make plain or smooth.
  35. Flat; level; even; without elevations or depressions.
  36. Plain: even: level: pertaining to, lying in, or forming a plane.
  37. Lying in a plane; level; flat.
  38. Without elevations or depressions; even; flat. Plane chart, a chart constructed on the supposition of the earth and sea being an extended plane. Plane geometry, the geometry of figures on a plane surface. Plane sailing, the art of determining the ship's place on the supposition that she is moving on a plane. Plane- table, an instrument or board marked off into degrees from the centre.
  39. Level; flat; even; without elevations or depressions, as the surface of water at rest; opposed to a curved surface.