Plain

Definition of Plain

v. i.1.To lament; to bewail; to complain.
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.
- Chaucer.
v. t.1.To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
a.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.
- Felton.
3.Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
4.Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
Plain battle
open battle; pitched battle.
Plain chant
(Mus.) Same as Plain song, below.
- Chaucer.
Plain chart
(Naut.) a chart laid down on Mercator's projection.
Plain dealer
a - One who practices plain dealing
b - A simpleton
Plain dealing
See under Dealing.
- Shak.
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.
adv.1.In a plain manner; plainly.
n.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.
- Chaucer.
Him the Ammonite
Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain.
- Milton.
2.A field of battle.
Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
[imp. & p. p. Plained ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Plaining.]
We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.
- Wither.
2.To make plain or manifest; to explain.
What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.
- Shak.

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