Associations to the word «Plain»


PLAIN, adjective. (now rare) (regional) Flat, level. [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Simple.
PLAIN, adjective. Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished. [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Of just one colour; lacking a pattern.
PLAIN, adjective. Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary. [from 16th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. (of food) Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras. [from 17th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. (computing) Containing no extended or nonprinting characters (especially in plain text). [from 20th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Obvious.
PLAIN, adjective. Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, clear, unmistakable. [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier). [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Open.
PLAIN, adjective. Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt. [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, adjective. Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
PLAIN, adjective. Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. [from 17th c.]
PLAIN, adverb. (colloquial) Simply
PLAIN, noun. (rare) (poetic) A lamentation.
PLAIN, verb. (reflexive) (obsolete) To complain. [13th-19th c.]
PLAIN, verb. (ambitransitive) (now) (rare) (poetic) To lament, bewail. [from 14th c.]
PLAIN, noun. An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
PLAIN, noun. A battlefield.
PLAIN, noun. (obsolete) A plane.
PLAIN, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
PLAIN, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To make plain or manifest; to explain.
PLAIN AND SIMPLE, adverb. Clearly, without any doubt or complexity.
PLAIN AS A PIKESTAFF, adjective. (simile) Extremely clear and plain to see.
PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON ONE'S FACE, adjective. (simile) Extremely clear and plain to see.
PLAIN CLOTHES, noun. Civilian clothes worn by someone in an occupation or organization for which a uniform might be expected, as the police or clergy.
PLAIN DEALER, noun. Someone who interacts or does business straightforwardly and honestly. [from 16th c.]
PLAIN DUNSTABLE, noun. (archaic) straightforward language; straight talk.
PLAIN DUNSTABLE, adjective. (archaic) Straightforward, honest.
PLAIN FLOUR, noun. (US standard of identity) exact synonym of flour
PLAIN JANE, noun. (informal) A young woman of unremarkable appearance.
PLAIN JANES, noun. Plural of plain Jane
PLAIN LINE, noun. (rail transport) a stretch of railway track that does not have any junctions, crossovers or points on it.
PLAIN LINE, verb. (rail transport) to remove points and crossovers from a stretch of track.
PLAIN LINED, verb. Simple past tense and past participle of plain line
PLAIN LINES, noun. Plural of plain line
PLAIN LINES, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of plain line
PLAIN LINING, verb. Present participle of plain line
PLAIN OF JARS, proper noun. A plateau in Laos, known for the thousands of large megalithic jars scattered in the landscape.
PLAIN OLD TELEPHONE SERVICE, noun. A traditional telephony system based on analog transmission of sound, as opposed to newer alternatives like ISDN or VoIP.
PLAIN PAPER, noun. Paper that has no markings on it, usable paper.
PLAIN SAILING, noun. (nautical) The navigation of waters free from hazards or unfavourable winds.
PLAIN SAILING, noun. (nautical) obsolete spelling of plane sailing
PLAIN SAILING, adjective. (by extension) simple, straightforward, or easy
PLAIN SONG, noun. Alternative spelling of plainsong
PLAIN TEXT, noun. (cryptography) Not encrypted text; text that is readable.
PLAIN TEXT, noun. (computing) Data which consists only of human-readable text, as opposed to machine-readable binary data or formatting markup.
PLAIN TEXT, adjective. (computing) Consisting only of plain text.
PLAIN TO SEE, adjective. Evident, obvious
PLAIN WORK, noun. Basic, non-ornamental work; specifically (now (historical)) simple needlework. [from 13th c.]
PLAIN WORK, noun. (masonry) Smooth stonework without decoration or ornamentation. [from 15th c.]

Dictionary definition

PLAIN, noun. Extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth".
PLAIN, noun. A basic knitting stitch.
PLAIN, verb. Express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about".
PLAIN, adverb. 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"; "she has apparently been living here for some time"; "I thought he owned the property, but apparently not"; "You are plainly wrong"; "he is plain stubborn".
PLAIN, adjective. Clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; "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".
PLAIN, adjective. Not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building".
PLAIN, adjective. Lacking patterns especially in color.
PLAIN, adjective. Not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing".
PLAIN, adjective. Free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children".
PLAIN, adjective. Lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete".
PLAIN, adjective. Lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face".

Wise words

Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life - in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do, as well as talk, and to make our words and actions all of a color.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca