Crossword clues for plain
- Without bells and whistles
- Without toppings
- Without frills
- Easy to see or understand
- Bagel option
- Without condiments
- Sans nuts, e.g
- Not showy
- Not adorned
- Like the nose on your face?
- Like a pizza with no toppings
- Level expanse
- Lacking toppings
- Eschewing finery
- "... above the fruited ___"
- Without frill
- Without decoration
- Without any toppings or condiments
- With nothing on top
- With no frills
- Unattractive — flat
- Stony _____ , Alberta
- Sans toppings
- Rainy area in Spain
- Porcupine _____
- Pizza choice
- Opposite of everything, in bageldom
- Not frilly
- Like Amish style
- Like a nothing bagel?
- Lacking frills
- Having no toppings, as a pizza
- Classic bagel type
- Certain Jane
- Broad stretch of land
- Bagel or yogurt flavor
- Bagel or yogurt choice
- Adjective for Jane
- "Hey There Delilah" ___ White T's
- "For 2c ___"
- "Above the fruited ___ ..."
- ___ White T's
- __ Jane
- Staightforward procedures involving one in poor health
- Not too good east of prairies for a picnic
- Ordinary attire
- Without extra toppings
- Sans nuts, e.g.
- Bagel variety
- With nothing added
- Nothing fancy
- "Above the fruited ___"
- Bagel choice
- Geographical feature in "America the Beautiful"
- Extensive tract of level open land
- A basic knitting stitch
- Opposite of fancy
- Without embellishments
- Quite ugly
- Ex-UEFA bigwig: "time to move on, for ****'s sake; we'll see you in court!"
- Sound of aircraft that’s quite visible
- Not fancy at all
- No show flat?
- Arrange to include one manifest
- Left in agony? That's evident!
- Reduction in growth around one flat region
- Beginner in discomfort - that's obvious
- Toy bags in supermarket, very clear
- Undecorated; flat area
- Unattractive - flat
- Reporter’s aircraft not much to look at
- Grazing spot
- Yogurt flavor
- Easily understood
- Simple partner?
- Not fancy
- Like the nose on your face
- Hamburger order
- Bagel type
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plain \Plain\, v. t.
To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss. [Archaic &
--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.]
Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
--Isa. xl. 4.
Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Our troops beat an army in plain fight.
Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. ``'T is a plain case.''
Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. ``Plain yet pious Christians.''
--Hammond. ``The plain people.''
Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. ``An honest mind, and plain.''
Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.
Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.
Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.
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.
One who practices plain dealing.
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.
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.
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\, v. i. [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See
To lament; to bewail; to complain. [Archaic & Poetic]
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.
Plain \Plain\, adv.
In a plain manner; plainly. ``To speak short and pleyn.''
--Chaucer. ``To tell you plain.''
Plain \Plain\, n. [Cf. OF. plaigne, F. plaine. See Plain, 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.
Descending fro the mountain into playn.
Him the Ammonite Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain.
A field of battle. [Obs.]
Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.
Plain \Plain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plained; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaining.] [Cf. Plane, v.]
To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.
To make plain or manifest; to explain.
What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"level country," c.1300 (in reference to Salisbury Plain), from Old French plain "open countryside," from Latin planum "level ground, plain," noun use of neuter of planus (adj.) "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Latin planum was used for "level ground" but much more common was campus.
c.1300, "flat, smooth," from Old French plain "flat, smooth, even" (12c.), from Latin planus "flat, even, level" (see plane (n.1)). Sense of "evident" is from, c.1300; that of "free from obstruction" is early 14c.; meaning "simple, sincere, ordinary" is recorded from late 14c., especially of dress, "unembellished, without decoration."\n
\nIn reference to the dress and speech of Quakers, it is recorded from 1824; of Amish and Mennonites, from 1894 (in the Dutch regions of Pennsylvania Plain with the capital is shorthand adjective for "Amish and Old Order Mennonite"). Of appearance, as a euphemism for "ill-favored, ugly" it dates from 1749. Of envelopes from 1913. As an adverb from early 14c. Plain English is from c.1500. Plain dealer "one who deals plainly or speaks candidly" is from 1570s, marked "Now rare" in OED 2nd edition. To be as plain as the nose on (one's) face is from 1690s.
1 (label en now rare regional) flat, level. (from 14th c.) 2 Simple. 3 # ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished. (from 14th c.) adv. (context colloquial English) simply Etymology 2
alt. (context rare poetic English) A lamentation. n. (context rare poetic English) A lamentation. v
1 (cx reflexive obsolete English) To complain. (13th-19th
) 2 (context ambitransitive now rare poetic English) To lament, bewail. (from 14th c.) Etymology 3
n. 1 An expanse of land with relatively low relief. 2 A battlefiel
3 (context obsolete English) A plane#Noun. vb. 1 (context obsolete transitive English) To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surfac
2 (context obsolete transitive English) To make plain or manifest; to explain.
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]
adj. 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]
not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building" [ant: fancy]
free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children" [syn: unvarnished]
comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language" [syn: popular]
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]
Housing Units (2000): 339
Land area (2000): 0.731058 sq. miles (1.893431 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.731058 sq. miles (1.893431 sq. km)
FIPS code: 63125
Located within: Wisconsin (WI), FIPS 55
Location: 43.277580 N, 90.044563 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 53577
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In geography, a plain is a flat area. Plains occur as lowlands and at the bottoms of valleys but also on plateaus or uplands at high elevations. In a valley, a plain is enclosed on two sides but in other cases a plain may be delineated by a complete or partial ring of hills, by mountains or cliffs. Where a geological region contains more than one plain, they may be connected by a pass (sometime termed a gap). Plains may have been formed from flowing lava, deposited by water, ice, wind, or formed by erosion by these agents from hills and mountains.
Plains in many areas are important for agriculture because where the soils were deposited as sediments they may be deep and fertile, and the flatness facilitates mechanization of crop production; or because they support grasslands which provide good grazing for livestock.
A plain is a geographical feature.
Plain may also refer to:
- Plain, Texas, a community in United States
- Plain, Wisconsin, village in United States
- Plain, Washington, a small community in the United States
- Plain City (disambiguation), several places
- Plain Township (disambiguation), several places
Usage examples of "plain".
But, to say the truth, there is a more simple and plain method of accounting for that prodigious superiority of penetration which we must observe in some men over the rest of the human species, and one which will serve not only in the case of lovers, but of all others.
In plain English this means that the ancient Maya had a far more accurate understanding of the true immensity of geological time, and of the vast antiquity of our planet, than did anyone in Britain, Europe or North America until Darwin propounded the theory of evolution.
I still somewhat work for them, despite my advisements to the contrary, and the plain fact is that I do mediate.
Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English or, Medicine Simplified, 54th ed.
Beside all this, Roderic had had communicated to him, by a supernatural afflatus, that wondrous art, as yet unknown in the plains of Albion, of turning up the soil with a share of iron, and scattering it with a small quantity of those grains which are most useful to man, to expect to gather, after a short interval, a forty-fold increase.
Alex, recalling his recent experience with Jeena, was suspicious at first, but it soon became plain that the allopathist had only curiosity, not longing, for the subject.
The iron foundry of one of the most famous gun manufacturers in all the Punjab and the Indus basin which meant in all India was located on this flat and featureless alluvial plain.
Malarial swamps and sand dunes shifted alternately over the land as the twin rivers ran wild over the alluvial plain.
Then they would have seen the cultivated alluvial flood plains in the distance, not at all the way Hausner had seen it from the flight deck of Concorde 02, but it must have looked inviting, even though they knew it was the place of their bondage.
The wind had dropped, and he could see only an occasional line of dust clouds racing across the flat alluvial plains.
Under the direction of the Asiatic immigrants and of the eugineering science whose first home had been in the alluvial plain of Babylonia, they accomplished those great works of irrigation which confined the Nile to its present channel, which cleared away the jungle and the swamp that had formerly bordered the desert, and turned them into fertile fields.
If on any river which winds through alluvial plains a jetty is so constructed as to deflect the stream at any point, the course which it follows will be altered during its subsequent flow, it may be, for the distance of hundreds of miles.
When the stream rises, the sediment settles in this tangle, and soon extends the alluvial plain from the neighbouring bank, or in rarer cases the river comes to flow on either side of an island of its own construction.
When this result is accomplished, the old curve is deserted, sand bars are formed across their mouths, which may gradually grow to broad alluvial plains, so that the long-surviving, crescent-shaped lake, the remnant of the river bed, may be seen far from the present course of the ever-changing stream.
Already the wheels of the wagon were making deep ruts on the wide plains, covered with blackish alluvium, as it passed on between tufts of luxuriant grass and fresh fields of gastrolobium.