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Definitions of "plain"

  • Free from obstructions; open; clear: in plain view. adjective
  • Obvious to the mind; evident: make one's intention plain. See Synonyms at apparent. adjective
  • Not elaborate or complicated; simple: plain food. adjective
  • Straightforward; frank or candid: plain talk. adjective
  • Not mixed with other substances; pure: plain water. adjective
  • Common in rank or station; average; ordinary: a plain man. adjective
  • Not pretentious; unaffected. adjective
  • Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration. adjective
  • Not dyed, twilled, or patterned: a plain fabric. adjective
  • Lacking beauty or distinction: a plain face. adjective
  • Sheer; utter; unqualified: plain stupidity. adjective
  • Archaic Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level. adjective
  • An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. noun
  • A broad level expanse, as a part of the sea floor or a lunar mare. noun
  • Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter. noun
  • Informal Clearly; simply: plain stubborn. adverb
  • Simply adverb
  • An expanse of land with relatively low relief. noun
  • A plane. noun

The word "plain" in example sentences

I do for a plain one, therefore I like the _plain ones best_, and I hope that our "good brother Burch's" prophecy, that "the days of 'fancy locomotives' will return," will never be fulfilled until after I go out of the business.. [Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882]

They live what they call plain lives, of course, as you well know, not using electricity.. [CNN Transcript Feb 21, 2006]

WOODRUFF: And just as important, he is hoping to win over you, the voters in the United States, with what he calls plain-spoken words about his priorities.. [CNN Transcript - Special Event: President Bush Addresses Congress and the Democrats Respond - February 27, 2001]

Throughout the episode, however, Robison expressed difficulty understanding why he should be penalized for preaching what he called the plain message of the Bible: "I did not attack an individual or any group, but rather a life-style condemned by the Bible.". [Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism; with an Introduction by T George Harris]

Possibly, you don't give other people credit for unselfish motives; you are too suspicious; and what you call plain talk may seem impertinence to others -- don't you think?. ['Firebrand' Trevison]

Hence it is necessary for us to realise that these rude and simple worshippers, of all the different forms of worship, really would be bewildered by the ritual dances and elaborate ceremonial antics of John Bull, as by the superstitious forms and almost supernatural incantations of most of what we call plain English.. [The New Jerusalem]

Homer's heaven was an elysium which he describes as a plain at the end of the earth or beneath, with no snow nor rainfall, and the sun never goes down, and Rhadamanthus, the justest of men, rules.. [New Tabernacle Sermons]

It's what you call plain cooking; and bless us all, dinner in the middle of the day, and the children at table.. [Phoebe, Junior]

But, Raoul, let us come down to what I call plain reason.. [Vautrin]

That is what I call plain speaking on the part of the old Roman, Mr. Fairford.. [Redgauntlet]

Therefore morality and religion must be somewhat plan and easy to be understood: it must appeal to what we call plain common sense, as distinguished from superior capacity and improvement; because it appeals to mankind.. [Human Nature and Other Sermons]

Show up with belly pain or breathing trouble and the same kind of X-ray - what we call a plain film. [ Top Stories]

Here is a really, really cool experiment you can do at home explained in "plain" English.. [Supersaturated Solution Crystallizing]

I think too of Laeg looking out from the wounded Cuchulain's tent and making his report at Ilgaireth: "I see a little herd of cattle breaking out from the west of Ailell's camp, and there are lads following after them and trying to bring them back, and I see more lads coming out from the army of Ulster to attack them"; and how Cuchulain said: "That little herd on the plain is the beginning of a great battle.". [Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography]

He obviously meant something else because what he said was in plain English.. [Think Progress » DeMint Claims That Republican Senators Just Wanted ‘Some Debate And A Vote’ On Obama’s Nominees]

Those authors have always recommend not using the post 1960 part of their reconstruction, and so while ‘hiding’ is probably a poor choice of words (since it is ‘hidden’ in plain sight), not using the data in the plot is completely appropriate, as is further research to understand why this happens.. [Think Progress » Obama explains climate science to global warming deniers.]

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@VABVOX @realDonaldTrump If in plain sight then why no charges? It’s gonna go down the same road. Nowhere. Now inv…


@marklevinshow: The growing anti-Semitism on the Left and in the Democrat Party must be confronted. Now! It’s spreading in plain sight.…


@jhgurf: The Starr report was released in full, thus there is no fucking reason why the Mueller Report shouldn’t be released in full! Le…


@SlimeGuyEli: I got a new favorite song every week (Still a kid, I love Barney’s!)


@markgdunstan @GerryDales Plenty of other quid pro quo sort of transactions in plain sight in the summer and fall o…

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