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[Plain]

Plain things are simple, unadorned, and even a little boring. Being a plain talker means you don't use pretentious, fancy words. But having a plain face means you're not much to look at.

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To lament; to bewail; to complain.

Noun
a basic knitting stitch

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"

Verb
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

Adjective S.
lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"

Adjective S.
lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"

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Adjective S.
free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"

Adjective S.
comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"

Adjective S.
clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "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 reac

Adjective
lacking patterns especially in color

Adjective
not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

Adjective S.
not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

Adjective S.
lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"

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 apparent


v. i.
To lament; to bewail; to complain.

v. t.
To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.

superl.
Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.

superl.
Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.

superl.
Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.

superl.
Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.

superl.
Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common.

superl.
Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.

superl.
Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.

superl.
Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.

superl.
Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.

superl.
Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.

adv.
In a plain manner; plainly.

a.
Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.

a.
A field of battle.

v.
To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.

v.
To make plain or manifest; to explain.


Plain

Plain , v. i. [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.] To lament; to bewail; to complain. [Archaic & Poetic] Milton.
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.

Plain

Plain, v. t. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss. [Archaic & Poetic] Sir J. Harrington.

Plain

Plain, a. [Compar. Plainer ; superl. Plainest.] [F., level, flat, fr. L. planus, perhaps akin to E. floor. Cf. Llano, Piano, Plan, Plane level, a level surface.] 1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Our troops beat an army in plain fight.
3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. "'T is a plain case." Shak. 4. (a) Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. (b) Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. "Plain yet pious Christians." Hammond. "The plain people." A. Lincoln. (c) Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. "An honest mind, and plain." Shak. (d) Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food. (e) Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman. (f) Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin. (g) Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune. Plain battle, open battle; pitched battle. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Plain chant (Mus.) Same as Plain song, below. -- Plain chart (Naut.), a chart laid down on Mercator's projection. -- Plain dealer. (a) One who practices plain dealing. (b) A simpleton. [Obs.] Shak. -- Plain dealing. See under Dealing. -- Plain molding (Join.), molding of which the surfaces are plain figures. -- Plain sewing, sewing of seams by simple and common stitches, in distinct from fancy work, embroidery, etc.; -- distinguished also from designing and fitting garments. -- Plain song. (a) The Gregorian chant, or canto fermo; the prescribed melody of the Roman Catholic service, sung in unison, in tones of equal length, and rarely extending beyond the compass of an octave. (b) A simple melody. -- Plain speaking, plainness or bluntness of speech. Syn. -- Level; flat; smooth; open; artless; unaffected; undisguised; frank; sincere; honest; candid; ingenuous; unembellished; downright; blunt; clear; simple; distinct; manifest; obvious; apparent. See Manifest.

Plain

Plain, adv. In a plain manner; plainly. "To speak short and pleyn." Chaucer. "To tell you plain." Shak.

Plain

Plain, n. [Cf. OF. plaigne, F. plaine. See Plain, a.] 1. Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.
Descending fro the mountain into playn.
Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain.
2. A field of battle. [Obs.] Arbuthnot.
Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.

Plain

Plain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaining.] [Cf. Plane, v.] 1. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface. [R.]
We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.
2. To make plain or manifest; to explain.
What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.

To lament; to bewail; to complain.

To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.

Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.

In a plain manner; plainly.

Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.

To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface

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Usage Examples

First of all, plain and simple, you have no real idea of what it means to be famous until you become famous. It's a double-edged sword. Obviously there are a lot of amazing things about fame, but there are also a lot of challenging things about it.

In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy. There's a cruelty to childhood, there's an anger.

I think a certain amount of anger has been a fuel of mine, if you want - but also some sort of sadness, and plain mischief, of course.

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

I don't particularly dislike any kind of person that might be reading my stuff. They like it and that's cool, but I don't do the work for any kind of group in particular, except for hobos, who just plain kick ass and light up my life.

I've always been a bit of a decorator. I think if I wasn't a singer I'd probably be in stage setting or interior design or something. I like clutter and I'm quite visually greedy. I can't have things to be plain I have to have things looking interesting... maybe I'm just a frustrated interior designer stuck in a singing career.

Like every aspect of cancer I've weathered thus far, today's experience was not at all demoralizing, expensive or humiliating. No, it was just plain fun.

Everyone prefers some foods over others, but some adults take this tendency to an extreme. These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children - such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches - and to restrict their eating to just a few dishes.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean.

A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.

I don't know what my label is. I just think of myself as a plain forward. I like to think I have some finesse to my game, but inside the paint is where men are made. If you can't play there, you should be home with your mama.

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership.

Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.

In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest, not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior.

I think one of the downsides of the sort of obsession with romantic love and personal fulfillment is that the plain fact of the matter is that those feelings don't last for ever and so they better be replaced and reinforced by things that do.

I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.

It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work.

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