Definitions of plane

  1. an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; " the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
  2. a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood; " the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work"
  3. having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; " a flat desk"; " acres of level farmland"; " a plane surface"
  4. ( 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"
  5. a level of existence or development; " he lived on a worldly plane"
  6. make even or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane
  7. cut or remove with or as if with a plane; " The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
  8. make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane; " plane the top of the door"
  9. Of a boat, to lift more or less out of the water while in motion, after the manner of a hydroplane; to hydroplane.
  10. Any tree of the genus Platanus.
  11. Without elevations or depressions; even; level; flat; lying in, or constituting, a plane; as, a plane surface.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. A block or plate having a perfectly flat surface, used as a standard of flatness; a surface plate.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. To efface or remove.
  18. Figuratively, to make plain or smooth.
  19. The plane tree.
  20. Flat; level; even; without elevations or depressions.
  21. A flat or even surface; a grade or level of life; as, a person's social plane; a carpenter's tool for smoothing wood.
  22. To make level; make smooth or even with a tool.
  23. A level surface: ( geom.) an even superficies.
  24. Plain: even: level: pertaining to, lying in, or forming a plane.
  25. A carpenter's tool.
  26. To make a surface ( as of wood) level.
  27. An even surface; tool for smoothing surfaces; tree with broad leaves.
  28. To smooth with a plane.
  29. To make smooth or even; bring to a level; dress with a plane.
  30. Planer.
  31. Lying in a plane; level; flat.
  32. A flat surface.
  33. A grade of development; stage; level.
  34. Aero. The principal, or one of the principal supporting elements of an aeroplane.
  35. A tool for producing a smooth, even surface.
  36. The sycamore or buttonwood. planetree.
  37. 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.
  38. An even or level surface; an instrument used in smoothing boards.
  39. To make smooth. Inclined plane, a plane inclined to the horizon at any angle whatever.
  40. Level; flat; even; without elevations or depressions, as the surface of water at rest; opposed to a curved surface.
  41. 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.
  42. To make level or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane; to free from inequalities of surface.

Usage examples for plane

  1. I ought to fire this plane of mine. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  2. Not so Frank, who, held in by the wheel, was carried down with the plane. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  3. Where is Lightwood's plane? – The Great Drought by Sterner St. Paul Meek
  4. Behind the palace, on the slope of the Janiculan, are large and beautiful Gardens adorned with fountains, cypresses, and some grand old plane- trees. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  5. Her love for Harry was never in that plane. – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  6. He was just a young kid and I never did believe that anything was really wrong with the plane. – The Biography of a Rabbit by Roy Benson, Jr.
  7. Generally, if the make of the plane is similar to those attached to the aviator's side he is able to recognize it by the special mark it carries. – The Boy Volunteers with the French Airmen by Kenneth Ward
  8. If so, they might plane off a wide belt of hillside and carry the soil and broken timber into the valley. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  9. The plane seemed to wait for a very long time. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  10. And what had happened to Kress' plane? – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  11. We are not on the same plane. – Doctor Luttrell's First Patient by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  12. " It will plane down and it is nothing we could help, Marta," said Mrs. Galland. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  13. How many people were in this plane? – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  14. Distance from or nearness to the sun or planets or their being scattered or all on the same plane or in a straight line has nothing to do with the supply of electric power from the sun. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  15. We are told, however, that in actual trial the horizontal motion much increases the pressure under the falling plane, and it is this fact on which the possibility of natural and artificial flight depends. – The Dominion of the Air by J. M. Bacon
  16. He'll probably come dashing up just as the plane takes off. – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
  17. The negroes led all the horses down an inclined plane into the cellar. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  18. Barclay occupies a plane above it. – A Trooper Galahad by Charles King