Definitions of simple

  1. apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; " only the bare facts"; " shocked by the mere idea"; " the simple passage of time was enough"; " the simple truth"
  2. a person lacking intelligence or common sense
  3. ( archaic) any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
  4. not elaborate in style; unornamented; " a simple country schoolhouse"; " her black dress-- simple to austerity"
  5. ( botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
  6. having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved; " a simple problem"; " simple mechanisms"; " a simple design"; " a simple substance"
  7. any herbaceous plant having medicinal properties
  8. A simpleton.
  9. Single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.
  10. Plain; unadorned; as, simple dress.
  11. Mere; not other than; being only.
  12. Not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true.
  13. Artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward.
  14. Direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language.
  15. Weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly.
  16. Not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living.
  17. Humble; lowly; undistinguished.
  18. Without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf.
  19. Not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. Cf. Ultimate, a.
  20. Homogenous.
  21. Something not mixed or compounded.
  22. A drawloom.
  23. A part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
  24. A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
  25. To gather simples, or medicinal plants.
  26. Consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; - opposed to compound.
  27. A medicinal plant; - so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy.
  28. Single; not complex; undivided; not mixed or compounded; mere; as, a simple fact; plain; not luxurious; unadorned; sincere; natural; unaffected; direct; clear; as, simple language; of low rank or degree; weak in intellect; resulting from feeblemindedness; as, a simple answer.
  29. That which is unmixed; a plant from which medicine is extracted.
  30. Simpleness.
  31. Simpler.
  32. Simplest.
  33. Single: undivided: resisting decomposition: elementary: homogeneous: open: unaffected: undesigning: true: clear: straightforward: artless: guileless: unsuspecting: credulous: not cunning: weak in intellect: silly.
  34. Something not mixed or compounded: a medicinal herb.
  35. Simply.
  36. Single; unmixed; mere; plain; unaffected; artless; weak in mind.
  37. Something not compounded.
  38. Consisting of one thing; single; plain; unadorned; sincere; artless.
  39. Silly; feeble minded.
  40. That which is simple.
  41. A medicinal plant.
  42. Consisting of one thing; uncompounded; pure; plain; artless; unaffected; unadorned; not complex; silly; weak in intellect; unsuspecting; undivided; not decomposed.
  43. Herbs that have a medicinal value.
  44. To gather simples or plants.
  45. Consisting of one thing; not combined; not compounded; not complicated; elementary; artless; harmless; unartificial; true to nature; unadorned; silly; shallow; in bot., not branching; not divided into separate parts, as simple fruits, those formed by one flower.
  46. Something not mixed or compounded; in med., a single herb or plant, or its particular virtue.

Usage examples for simple

  1. The answer is a simple one. – Burke by John Morley
  2. Walter was not simple. – Home Again by George MacDonald
  3. Now there are not three other fellows in the regiment who can ask a simple question. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  4. It had been that simple. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  5. The trouble is, I don't know much and only understand simple things. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  6. Do you know, I never thought of that; and, of course, it would have been quite simple. – Barbara in Brittany by E. A. Gillie
  7. That hour of simple, child- like faith passed away. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  8. Yet the answer is simple. – In the Day of Adversity by John Bloundelle-Burton
  9. I haven't come to talk, but to ask you a simple question. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  10. In the first place, his style is simple. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  11. I'm a simple man and I ain't afraid to say what I think! – Honor: A Play in Four Acts by Hermann Sudermann
  12. How different this is from the simple English of Langlande! – A Brief History of the English Language and Literature, Vol. 2 (of 2) by John Miller Dow Meiklejohn
  13. Fancy my never thinkin' of anything so simple as that! – Wandering Heath by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. The 'surprise' they had thought of was a very simple one, and one that I knew grandmamma would like. – My New Home by Mary Louisa Molesworth
  15. It sounded simple enough. – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  16. Oh, it is simple; I have often done it. – Woodland Tales by Ernest Seton-Thompson
  17. " It's a simple sort of game. – The Gem Collector by P. G. Wodehouse