definition of plainer by The Free Dictionary

plain

simple; clearly evident; unpretentious; unadorned: plain truth

Not to be confused with:

plane – a carpenter’s tool; to smooth: plane the wood; to travel by airplane

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plain

 (plān)

adj. plain·er, plain·est

1. Free from obstructions; open; clear: in plain view.

2. Obvious to the perception or mind; evident: make one’s intention plain. See Synonyms at apparent.
3.

a. Not elaborate or complicated; simple: plain food.

b. Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration: plain garb.

c. Straightforward; frank or candid: plain talk.

d. Not pretentious; unaffected.

e. Lacking beauty or distinction: a plain face.

4. Not mixed with other substances; pure: plain water.

5. Common in rank or station; average; ordinary: a plain man.

6. Not dyed, twilled, or patterned: a plain fabric.

7. Sheer; utter; unqualified: plain stupidity.

8. Archaic Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level.

n.

1.

a. often plains An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.

b. A broad level expanse, as a part of the sea floor or a lunar mare.

2. Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter.

adv. Informal

Clearly; simply: plain stubborn.



plain′ly adv.

plain′ness n.

Synonyms: plain, modest, simple, unpretentious
These adjectives mean not ornate, ostentatious, or showy: a plain hairstyle; a modest cottage; a simple dark suit; an unpretentious country church.

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plain

(pleɪn)

adj

1. flat or smooth; level

2. not complicated; clear: the plain truth.

3. not difficult; simple or easy: a plain task.

4. honest or straightforward

5. lowly, esp in social rank or education

6. without adornment or show: a plain coat.

7. (Textiles) (of fabric) without pattern or of simple untwilled weave

8. not attractive

9. not mixed; simple: plain vodka.

10. (Knitting & Sewing) knitting of or done in plain

n

11. (Physical Geography) a level or almost level tract of country, esp an extensive treeless region

12. (Knitting & Sewing) a simple stitch in knitting made by putting the right needle into a loop on the left needle, passing the wool round the right needle, and pulling it through the loop, thus forming a new loop

13. (Billiards & Snooker) (in billiards)

a. the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls

b. the player using this ball

14. (Brewing) (in Ireland) short for plain porter, a light porter: two pints of plain, please.

adv

(intensifier): just plain tired.

[C13: from Old French: simple, from Latin plānus level, distinct, clear]

ˈplainly adv

ˈplainness n


plain

(pleɪn)

[C14 pleignen, from Old French plaindre to lament, from Latin plangere to beat]

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plain

(pleɪn)

adj. -er, -est,
adv., n. adj.

1. clear or distinct to the eye or ear: in plain view.

2. clear to the mind; evident: to make one’s meaning plain.

3. easily understood: plain talk.

4. downright; sheer; utter: plain stupidity.

5. free from ambiguity or evasion; candid: the plain truth.

6. without special pretensions; ordinary: plain people.

7. not beautiful; unattractive: a plain face.

8. without intricacies or difficulties.

9. with little or no embellishment or decoration: a plain blue suit.

10. without a pattern, figure, or device: a plain fabric.

11. not rich, highly seasoned, or elaborately prepared, as food.

12. flat or level: plain country.

adv.

13. clearly and simply: They’re just plain stupid.

n.

14. an area of land not significantly higher than adjacent areas and with relatively minor differences in elevation, commonly less than 500 ft. (150 m), within the area.

[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin plānus flat, level, plānum flat country]

plain′ly, adv.

plain′ness, n.

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plain

(plān)

1. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.

2. A broad, level expanse, such as an area of the sea floor or a lunar mare.

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plain

Past participle: plained
Gerund: plaining

Present
I plain
you plain
he/she/it plains
we plain
you plain
they plain
Preterite
I plained
you plained
he/she/it plained
we plained
you plained
they plained
Present Continuous
I am plaining
you are plaining
he/she/it is plaining
we are plaining
you are plaining
they are plaining
Present Perfect
I have plained
you have plained
he/she/it has plained
we have plained
you have plained
they have plained
Past Continuous
I was plaining
you were plaining
he/she/it was plaining
we were plaining
you were plaining
they were plaining
Past Perfect
I had plained
you had plained
he/she/it had plained
we had plained
you had plained
they had plained
Future
I will plain
you will plain
he/she/it will plain
we will plain
you will plain
they will plain
Future Perfect
I will have plained
you will have plained
he/she/it will have plained
we will have plained
you will have plained
they will have plained
Future Continuous
I will be plaining
you will be plaining
he/she/it will be plaining
we will be plaining
you will be plaining
they will be plaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been plaining
you have been plaining
he/she/it has been plaining
we have been plaining
you have been plaining
they have been plaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been plaining
you will have been plaining
he/she/it will have been plaining
we will have been plaining
you will have been plaining
they will have been plaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been plaining
you had been plaining
he/she/it had been plaining
we had been plaining
you had been plaining
they had been plaining
Conditional
I would plain
you would plain
he/she/it would plain
we would plain
you would plain
they would plain
Past Conditional
I would have plained
you would have plained
he/she/it would have plained
we would have plained
you would have plained
they would have plained

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plain

A large tract of almost level land.

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