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a plain ring
▪ She wore a plain gold ring.
flood plain
plain chocolate
plain clothes (=ordinary clothes that the police wear in order not to be recognized)
▪ He was arrested by officers in plain clothes.
plain English (=English that is easy to understand)
▪ leaflets written in plain English
plain flour
plain paper (=with nothing written or printed on it)
▪ The package was wrapped in plain brown paper.
plain/honest/fair dealing (=a particular way of doing business)
▪ a reputation for fair dealing
plain/simple (=without anything added or without decoration)
▪ He liked eating simple food, nothing spicy.
simple/plain/basic/sheer common sense (=very obviously sensible)
▪ Locking your doors at night is simple common sense.
the simple/plain/naked truth (=the truth, with nothing added, left out, or hidden)
▪ The simple truth is that there isn’t enough money to pay for it.
▪ You can even use a word processor, as long as it will let you save the files as plain text.
▪ Timothy wouldn't want a woman as plain as she.
▪ Frans Hals had painted portraits of girls who could only be described as plain, but something lively and piquant redeemed them.
▪ It is as plain and simple as that.
▪ I can remember that as plain as anything, coming over there.
▪ It is important to make this as plain as possible because it is so tentative.
▪ Amongst a hundred persons, the lover stands out as plain as the shining moon in heaven amongst the stars.
▪ But music types in Manhattan and Hollywood say that they can see a country act as plain as a barn door.
▪ Soporific or just plain asleep commentators.
▪ Moby gorges on brutal love and just plain not caring.
▪ Are you on the side of progress, or just plain old protest for its own sake?
▪ All of that, and their shows are giddy, engaging, lighthearted and just plain fun.
▪ Where everything was just plain and simple, laughing and joking the norm.
▪ But Mr Manion, some people are just plain miserable all the time.
▪ Was it an accident, was I pushed, or was I just plain stupid?
▪ City growth proponents denounced their opponents as mean-spirited, power-hungry, and just plain stupid.
▪ I made it quite plain he would go before she did, and I rather think he has accepted the statusquo.
▪ But what Godolphin saw seemed quite plain to him.
▪ Yet market buildings, even when they are quite plain, are usually attractive features of a town.
▪ But then she was no longer classed as a shop assistant, Mrs Miller had made that quite plain.
▪ Not quite right, not quite plain enough or narrow enough, but getting there.
▪ The design is quite plain, similar to that of an old wooden target arrow.
▪ The answer seemed to her quite plain.
▪ The Gestapo captain had made his feelings about Kruger quite plain, accusing him of wasting the Gestapo's time.
▪ But the dressmaker had obviously decided it was too plain and added a few frills to liven it up a bit.
▪ He was afraid that his emotions were too plain on his face.
▪ Hadn't Rourke made that all too plain?
▪ To avoid this looking too plain and the break-off rows being very abrupt try using a small pattern to divide the colours.
▪ The look that had passed between the Empress and Brien fitzCount was all too plain now.
▪ The idea of breaking into the Colonel's den never occurred to me - it was just too plain terrifying.
▪ When he married her, she was a reserved, very plain girl who played the harp in a provincial symphony orchestra.
▪ The capitals on the columns are very plain.
▪ But their styles were really very dissimilar and that became very plain from the moment really that Mr Callaghan took over.
▪ I ran for Congress in Wyoming and was whipped by a very plain but prominently named man.
▪ Rooms are very plain, shared facilities only, but quite spacious.
▪ Visitors to Crufts and other shows will know that these metal-sided stalls are usually left very plain.
▪ She made it very plain what she wanted.
▪ And she makes it very plain that she doesn't see the fun of cooking for me!
▪ Spread white chocolate layer over plain chocolate in tin, then add remaining chocolate layer.
▪ Cool. 4 Melt the white and plain chocolate in separate bowls over hot water.
▪ Chill until set. 3 Melt the remaining plain chocolate and the white chocolate in separate bowls over hot water.
▪ Melt the remaining plain chocolate in a pan with the cream.
▪ Why couldn't those concerned realize that plain chocolate combined best with ice-cream?
▪ Mix cheeses. melt plain chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
▪ Behind them in a doorway is a man wearing plain clothes and dark glasses.
▪ Normal stores have security people dressed in such plain clothes you wonder how they can afford to do any shopping.
▪ In the morning, she rose early and dressed in her plainest clothes, flounces and frills had no place in business.
▪ We recruit uniformed officers into plain clothes so that people like yourself, who are being eliminated, won't feel under pressure.
▪ They were in plain clothes and, in his opinion, drunk, arrogant and overpowering.
▪ Female speaker We've got extra foot patrols in uniform and plain clothes to prevent an attack and to pick up information.
▪ Mr Montesinos was escorted by agents in plain clothes into a helicopter shortly after arriving at Lima airport.
▪ In uniform and in plain clothes, roughly 50 were on different shifts asking each shopper for more information.
▪ When putting the ring together I alternate the segments marked face up then plain face up to create a balanced pattern.
▪ A smile lit up her plain face as Juliet approached.
▪ The smile melted from the fat, plain face when Blanche introduced herself.
▪ With a fierce look on her tough, plain face.
▪ This small, uninteresting woman with short greying hair and a plain face?
▪ For the plain fact is, we are saying many different things.
▪ The plain fact was that a combination of market forces and gross mismanagement had thrown Salomon Brothers into deep trouble.
▪ The plain fact is that there are steps that Cleveland should be taking to improve the way that it manages education spending.
▪ The plain fact was she had been terrified by her own reflection, and this was not lightly to be dismissed.
▪ The plain fact is, however, that behaviour, whether it is deliberate or not, always influences people.
▪ He asserted the plain fact of the existence of differences in taste.
▪ He'd told Willi the plain facts.
▪ The plain fact is that us women are fussy.
▪ Thicken towards the end of cooking if necessary with plain flour mixed with a little water and a few drops of bottled gravy browning.
▪ Appendix B Recipes for play dough Mix plain flour and water with a little salt.
▪ Sift the strong plain flour into a warm mixing bowl.
▪ Fit a plain glass or polaroid filter over the lens Load the cassette into the camcorder in dust-free conditions.
Glass with coffee pots and metal and found magazine pictures and glass with just plain glass.
▪ The original stained glass window was destroyed by vandals in the 1960s and replaced by a plain glass one.
▪ The lenses were of plain glass.
▪ Start at base of face. 2 Knit three rows of plain knitting.
▪ Once you have completed a few rows of plain knitting, you can prepare to start.
▪ Continue in plain knitting with dark colour.
▪ When this happens, knit four rows of plain knitting.
▪ Knit a few rows of plain knitting and prepare to try Card No. 18.
▪ Article 5 imposes the plain language requirement and the obligation to interpret ambiguities in the way most favourable to the consumer.
▪ A weekly publication that analyzes some 1, 700 different stocks, Value Line is written in plain language.
▪ We shall use plain language in all our dealings with you and provide clear statements of terms and conditions.
▪ This is an entertaining book that explains the basics of buying stock with colorful illustrations and plain language.
▪ Our subsequent telephone conversation was a study in plain language, but McFarlane held his ground and made no apologies.
▪ Therefore, the letter was on plain paper.
▪ Displaying the results Smart presentation of results should always be done on plain paper.
▪ All this information must also be included on captions, and if plain paper is being used the address should be added.
▪ But it's not all plain sailing.
▪ I recognized that all would not be plain sailing.
▪ But it wasn't going to be all plain sailing.
▪ However, it was not all plain sailing.
▪ Mind you, it was not all plain sailing for the Merseyside comic making her Liverpool debut in the role.
▪ Get the mitres right and the rest is plain sailing.
▪ Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight.
▪ Not long ago, email was a strictly plain text affair.
▪ It would all require a massive decipherment, a conversion to plain text.
▪ Remember to load and save the file in plain text mode.
▪ Mostly you get reams of plain text.
▪ You can even use a word processor, as long as it will let you save the files as plain text.
▪ The data transferred may be plain text, hypertext, images, or anything else.
▪ If we only allow ourselves plain text as input, the output is always something of a guess.
▪ Save it as plain text to a file named pon.cli.
▪ Because Sandtoft are producing the very first machine made clay plain tile to match the Humberside pantile.
▪ So at last you can specify profiled and plain tiles together.
▪ Plus the plain tile eave coursing so often seen with pantile roofs in the North East.
▪ However, it was necessary to renew the roof covering of clay plain tiles with identical material.
Tiles are less durable than slates, but good quality clay plain tiles can easily last for sixty years.
▪ Some concrete and clay plain tiles originally intended for roofing can also be used for cladding walls.
▪ The plain truth was that he hadn't witnessed what was going on behind him.
▪ The whole place was undeniably fouled; but there was another plain truth which was worse than this: she was home.
▪ That is not a metaphor, it is the plain truth.
▪ But the plain truth is that we can not say what was really done for the children or what the results were.
▪ But they contain more plain truth than he is able to recognise.
as plain as a pikestaff
under plain cover/under separate cover
plain vanilla ice cream
▪ a plain blue suit
▪ Catherine, who had been rather plain as a child, was now an attractive young woman.
▪ Do you have any plain white shirts?
▪ He put the letter in a plain brown envelope.
▪ Miles was the plain one in an otherwise good-looking family.
▪ She spoke slowly and carefully, using plain simple language.
▪ The chapel was a small, plain, white-washed building.
▪ The document is written in plain English.
▪ Cool for 1 minute, then trim using a plain pastry cutter which is slightly larger than the biscuits.
▪ Fit a plain glass or polaroid filter over the lens Load the cassette into the camcorder in dust-free conditions.
▪ Once again, the desirability of clear terms of contract, coupled perhaps with an unambiguous job description, is plain.
▪ Or is it just plain indifference?
▪ Stuffed hard-boiled eggs, most often called deviled eggs, can be spicy, plain or very exotic.
▪ The company makes plain and sweet biscuits and soda crackers.
▪ Their native land consisted of a central plain surrounded by mountains.
▪ Presently the harbor itself became visible across the central Oahu plain, a film of morning mist hovering over it.
▪ The Cheyenne, who also once lived in Minnesota, hunted the region of the Black Hills and the central plains.
▪ The central plains were where the first railroads crossed, so they were the first to be settled.
▪ The Hinkley Point development in fact erupts with total incongruity from the flat coastal plain which borders the Bristol Channel.
▪ We sat with our backs against the trig point and gazed down like Gods on the coastal plain of Thassos.
▪ For the Downland, sheep remained dominant; it was in the coastal plain and Weald that a new impetus was given.
▪ Macadam until we run out of the coastal plain and start to climb.
▪ How different was the rich, irrigated coastal plain!
▪ Undulating coastal plains and other ungraded lowlands, underlain by permafrost, in summer form some of the tundra's wettest areas.
▪ The outward journey was quite uneventful as far as the Wadi Tamit, a steep defile leading down the escarpment on to the coastal plain.
▪ Where the road passed through the coastal plains there were farms with cattle grazing on knee-high grass.
▪ When it dried up, the salts sank as the rains washed top soil down to create fertile plains.
▪ The Hinkley Point development in fact erupts with total incongruity from the flat coastal plain which borders the Bristol Channel.
▪ Impossibly, incredibly, it was no longer a monolith rearing high above a flat plain.
▪ This wide coastal belt is a generally flat plain, only partially wooded, containing little building stone.
▪ The valley from the hill to the massif was all flat plains covered with elephant grass.
▪ The train stopped somewhere in the middle of a flat plain and we marched eastwards.
▪ It was a 3, 000-foot granite slab, rising in total isolation from a flat plain.
▪ The camp lies on a flat plain, completely without vegetation.
▪ There was deposition in large alluvial fans stretching out from the mountains in the south and the north-east into the flat plain.
▪ Towards the north these turn into pine forests and eventually thin out to form the grassy plains of Kislev.
▪ Dry grassy plains or open scrub, semi-deserts.
▪ There was no sign of the great plains the count had spoken of.
▪ The Doctor stood up, taking in the distant sights of the great plain.
▪ Situated on a high plain, behind Rennes-le-Chateau, La Valdieu was at the end of a very rough track.
▪ Particularly on the high plains, Lewis and Clark camped at places where nothing as important has happened sInce.
▪ Rangers' victory does not elevate the Motherwells and Airdries to a higher plain.
▪ Why not plant millions of them on the high plains to break the wind and conserve the soil?
▪ Away to the high plains rolling in waves to the rising final chord of the Rocky Mountains!
▪ Out on the high plains, the problem is of a different nature.
▪ It also gives them protection as they venture across the open plains of sand, where there are no hiding places.
▪ This one hobbled about gamely, seemingly eager to get back to the open plains.
▪ Ring after ring of rough-hewn stone walls thunder their way across the open plain on the deserted south-eastern edge of the city.
▪ February is the season of the great migration journeys to the southern plains, a time of rebirth for the herds.
▪ The rivers of the southern plains are dry much of their length, much of the year.
▪ On the far southern plains, the oil towns of Plainview and Midland and Odessa rise like off-shore drilling rigs.
▪ The altar sits on a vast plain over which many battles have been fought.
▪ I recall high school as one vast, Midwestern plain of unhappiness.
▪ First his small plane is seen searching the vast plains for her village.
▪ Where did safety lie on that vast, hostile plain?
▪ Her dammed-up intelligence overflowed like a flood plain.
▪ The little town crowns a low plateau just out of reach of the flood plain of the nearby Deerfield River.
▪ The already over-stretched funds can not deal with serious infrastructure solutions to facilitate the development of flood plains.
▪ On the one hand, some Mars probes have transmitted pictures of what appear to be dried Martian rivers and flood plains.
▪ There is also talk of investing in flood defences and preventing building development on flood plains.
▪ As we were crossing the plain of Birzebbugia nearing the air station, we were surprised to hear a sharp report.
▪ He made his displeasure plain to the prime minister.
▪ Carrying alluvial sands from the Rocky Mountains, they helped make the plains.
▪ Mr Mitchell made his hatred plain.
▪ Notices attached to them make this plain.
▪ Only Avens made a pass at her, and when she made plain what her answer was he grew cold and distant.
▪ the plains of Nebraska
▪ the central Oahu plain
▪ At night there were no longer any bonfires to be seen, either on the hill or way out on the surrounding plain.
▪ Some smooth plains consist of infill in some medium sized craters.
▪ The plain below where the buildings once stood is as empty as when Crazy Horse surrendered there.
▪ The Cheyenne, who also once lived in Minnesota, hunted the region of the Black Hills and the central plains.
▪ The mica dams dry out to form white plains, with a consistency of putty.
▪ This impressive stone building has a commanding site on a hill above the surrounding plain.
▪ Tipi poles were made of the slender trunks of young lodgepole pines, and were rare items on the treeless plains.
▪ Today, most travellers who see the plains do it from thirty thousand feet.
▪ Tackling these more stubborn obstacles will boil down to better schools and plain old dollars and cents.
▪ Another useful salt is plain old chemical fertilizer.
▪ Once there were plain old credit cards.
▪ Many forms of worms are collected with characteristics ranging from beauty to just plain wormy.
▪ When he asked the new tsar to give land to the peasants he made plain the other.
▪ The revolution of 1905 had made plain the disruptive power of the industrial labour force.
▪ I shall make plain our position on today's business.
▪ Tell me plainly what you want.
▪ The leaflet plainly states what the party's position is on immigration.
▪ He possesses plain good sense, and is in the full confidence of his Countrymen.
▪ Stella Duncan was just plain lost.
▪ There was another little room, the Quiet Room, plain concrete block walls without chairs or windows.
▪ They'd all queue up-excited, mistrustful or just plain scared.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.
    --Isa. xl. 4.

  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.''

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

    2. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. ``Plain yet pious Christians.''
      --Hammond. ``The plain people.''
      --A. Lincoln.

    3. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. ``An honest mind, and plain.''

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

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

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

    7. 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.

      1. One who practices plain dealing.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

        2. 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 Plaint.] 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.]

  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.]

    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.

    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.

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.


Etymology 1

  1. 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

  2. 1 (cx reflexive obsolete English) To complain. (13th-19th

  3. ) 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

  4. 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

  5. 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]

  1. n. 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]


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]

  1. 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]

  2. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building" [ant: fancy]

  3. lacking patterns especially in color [syn: unpatterned] [ant: patterned]

  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]

Plain, WI -- U.S. village in Wisconsin
Population (2000): 792
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
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Plain, WI

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.

Plain (disambiguation)

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.