1 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 reactionary"; "in plain view" [syn: apparent, evident, manifest, patent]
2 not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building" [ant: fancy]
4 not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing" [syn: sheer, unmingled, unmixed]
5 free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children" [syn: unvarnished]
6 lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete" [syn: unembellished, unornamented]
7 lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style" [syn: literal, unembellished]
8 comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language" [syn: popular]
9 lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face" [syn: homely]
1 extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth" [syn: field, champaign]
2 a basic knitting stitch [syn: knit, knit stitch, plain stitch] adv : 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" [syn: obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, plainly] v : express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about" [syn: complain, kick, sound off, quetch, kvetch] [ant: cheer]
- , /pl̩eɪn/
- Rhymes: -eɪn
ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation
computing: containing no non-printing characters
- Japanese: 平 (hira)
- An expanse of
land with relatively low
- 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In:
Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological
Association 92. p. 467.
- For Plato the life of the philosopher is a life of struggle towards the goal of knowledge, towards “searching the heavens and measuring the plains, in all places seeking the nature of everything as a whole”
- 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 467.
an expanse of land with relatively low relief
- Dutch: vlakte
- Japanese: 平地 (heichi)
- Portuguese: planície
- Coastal plain, an area of low-lying land adjacent to a sea coast; the term is used especially where they contrast with hills, mountains or plateaux further inland.
- Fluvial plains are formed by rivers and streams, and may be one
of these overlapping types:
- Flood plain, adjacent to a stream, river, lake or wetland that experiences occasional or periodic flooding.
- Alluvial plain, formed over a long period of time by a river depositing sediment on its floodplain or bed which becomes alluvial soil. The difference between a floodplain and an alluvial plain is that the floodplain represents the area experiencing flooding fairly regularly in the present or recently, whereas an alluvial plain includes areas where the floodplain is now and used to be, or areas which only experience flooding a few times a century.
- Scroll plain, a plain through which a river meanders with a very low gradient.
- Lacustrine plain, a plain that originally formed in a lacustrine environment, that is, as the bed of a lake.
- Lava plain, formed by sheets of flowing lava.
- Till plain, a plain of glacial till that forms when a sheet of ice becomes detached from the main body of a glacier and melts in place depositing the sediments it carried.
Other types of plainThe term may also be used for flat areas of the ocean floor or for flat areas on moons and planets.
- Abyssal plain, a flat or very gently sloping area of the deep ocean basin floor.
Notes and references
plain in Arabic: سهل
plain in Guarani: Ñu
plain in Aymara: Pallalla
plain in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Раўніна
plain in Breton: Kompezenn
plain in Bulgarian: Равнина (география)
plain in Catalan: Plana
plain in German: Ebene (Geographie)
plain in Spanish: Llanura
plain in Esperanto: Ebenaĵo
plain in Basque: Ordoki
plain in Persian: جلگه
plain in French: Plaine
plain in Korean: 평야
plain in Italian: Pianura
plain in Hebrew: מישור (גאוגרפיה)
plain in Lithuanian: Lyguma
plain in Dutch: Vlakte
plain in Japanese: 平野
plain in Norwegian Nynorsk: Slette
plain in Polish: Równina
plain in Russian: Равнина
plain in Sicilian: Chianu
plain in Finnish: Tasanko
plain in Swedish: Slätt
plain in Telugu: మైదానం
plain in Turkish: Ova
plain in Ukrainian: Рівнина
plain in Chinese: 平原
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