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  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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. unmistakably; "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"; (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly' as in"he is plain stubborn") Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a basic knitting stitch Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. lacking patterns especially in color Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  15. To lament; to bewail; to complain. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. In a plain manner; plainly. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A field of battle. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To make plain or manifest; to explain. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Clearly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. Level; flat; even; smooth; clear; evident; as, in plain sight; easily understood; as, plain talk; unlearned; unpolished; simple in manners; as, a plain man; not luxurious; as, plain living; without ornament; as, plain furniture; without beauty; homely; as, a plain face. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. Level land; any flat expanse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. Plainly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Plainness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A more or less smooth and level area. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  38. Even: flat: level: smooth: simple: homely: artless: sincere: evident: mere: not colored or figured. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. Plain level land: any flat expanse: an open field. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Honestly: distinctly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. Level land. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  42. Level; simple; homely; clear; mere; not figured or gay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. Flat; smooth; easy; readily understood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Lowly; unlearned; unadorned; unpretending; simple. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. Lacking personal beauty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. An expanse of level land. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  47. Smooth; level: open; void of ornament; artless; simple; unaffected; undisguised; sincere; clear; easily seen or discovered; not difficult; not rich. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. Not obscurely; artlessly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. Level land or open field. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  50. Without ornament or embellishment; homely; artless; frank; sincere; candid; easily understood; not difficult; clear; not luxurious, as in food; smooth, level, or flat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  51. Not obscurely; distinctly. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  52. Level land; a flat expanse-extensive plains in Asia are called steppes, in Africa, deserts, in S. Amer., pampas and llanos, in N. Amer., prairies and savannahs. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. Heb. 'abel ( Judges 11:33 ), a "grassy plain" or "meadow." Instead of "plains of the vineyards," as in the Authorized Version, the Revised Version has "Abel-cheramim" (q.v.), Compare Judges 11:22 ; 2 Chr 16:4 . biblestudytools.com
  54. Heb. 'elon ( Genesis 12:6 ; 13:18 ; 14:13 ; 18:1 ; Deuteronomy 11:30 ; Judges 9:6 ), more correctly "oak," as in the Revised Version; margin, "terebinth." biblestudytools.com
  55. Heb. bik'ah ( Genesis 11:2 ; Nehemiah 6:2 ; Ezekiel 3:23 ; Daniel 3:1 ), properly a valley, as rendered in Isaiah 40:4 , a broad plain between mountains. In Amos 1:5 the margin of Authorized Version has "Bikathaven." biblestudytools.com
  56. Heb. kikar, "the circle," used only of the Ghor, or the low ground along the Jordan ( Genesis 13:10-12 ; Genesis 19:17 Genesis 19:25 Genesis 19:28 Genesis 19:29 ; Deuteronomy 34:3 ; 2 Sam 18:23 ; 1 Kings 7:46 ; 2 Chr 4:17 ; Nehemiah 3:22 ; 12:28 ), the floor of the valley through which it flows. This name is applied to the Jordan valley as far north as Succoth. biblestudytools.com
  57. Heb. mishor, "level ground," smooth, grassy table-land ( Deuteronomy 3:10 ; 4:43 ; Joshua 13:9 Joshua 13:16 Joshua 13:17 Joshua 13:21 ; 20:8 ; Jeremiah 48:21 ), an expanse of rolling downs without rock or stone. In these passages, with the article prefixed, it denotes the plain in the tribe of Reuben. In 2 Chronicles 26:10 the plain of Judah is meant. Jerusalem is called "the rock of the plain" in Jeremiah 21:13 , because the hills on which it is built rise high above the plain. biblestudytools.com
  58. Heb. 'arabah, the valley from the Sea of Galilee southward to the Dead Sea (the "sea of the plain," 2 Kings 14:25 ; Deuteronomy 1:1 ; 2:8 ), a distance of about 70 miles. It is called by the modern Arabs the Ghor. This Hebrew name is found in Authorized Version ( Joshua 18:18 ), and is uniformly used in the Revised Version. Down through the centre of this plain is a ravine, from 200 to 300 yards wide, and from 50 to 100 feet deep, through which the Jordan flows in a winding course. This ravine is called the "lower plain." The name Arabah is also applied to the whole Jordan valley from Mount Hermon to the eastern branch of the Red Sea, a distance of about 200 miles, as well as to that portion of the valley which stretches from the Sea of Galilee to the same branch of the Red Sea, i.e., to the Gulf of Akabah about 100 miles in all. biblestudytools.com
  59. Heb. shephelah, "low ground," "low hill-land," rendered "vale" or "valley" in Authorized Version ( Joshua 9:1 ; 10:40 ; 11:2 ; 12:8 ; Judges 1:9 ; 1 Kings 10:27 ). In Authorized Version ( 1 Chronicles 27:28 ; 2 Chr 26:10 ) it is also rendered "low country." In Jeremiah 17:26 , Obadiah 1:19 , Zechariah 7:7 , "plain." The Revised Version renders it uniformly "low land." When it is preceded by the article, as in Deuteronomy 1:7 , Joshua 11:16 ; 15:33 , Jeremiah 32:44 ; 33:13 , Zechariah 7:7 , "the shephelah," it denotes the plain along the Mediterranean from Joppa to Gaza, "the plain of the Philistines." (See VALLEY .) These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Plain". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". . biblestudytools.com
  60. pl[=a]n, v.t. and v.i. to complain: to lament.--ns. PLAIN'ANT, one who complains: a plaintiff; PLAIN'ING (Shak.), complaint. [O. Fr. pleigner (Fr. plaindre)--L. plang[)e]re, to lament.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  61. pl[=a]n, adj. without elevations, even, flat: level, smooth, without obstructions: free from difficulties, easy, simple: without ornament or beauty, homely: artless: sincere: evident, unmistakable: mere: not coloured, figured, or variegated: not highly seasoned, natural, not cooked or dressed: not trumps at cards.--n. an extent of level land: an open field.--adv. clearly: distinctly.--v.t. (obs.) to make plain.--n.pl. PLAIN'-CLOTHES, clothes worn by an officer when off duty or not in uniform.--ns. PLAIN'-COOK, one able to cook all ordinary dishes; PLAIN'-DEAL'ER, one who deals or speaks his mind plainly.--adj. PLAIN'-DEAL'ING, speaking or acting plainly, candid.--n. candid speaking or acting, sincerity.--adj. PLAIN'-HEART'ED, having a plain or honest heart: sincere.--n. PLAIN'-HEART'EDNESS.--adv. PLAIN'LY.--ns. PLAIN'NESS; PLAIN'-SONG, the music of a recitative-like character and sung in unison, used in the Christian Church of the West from the earliest times, and still in use in all R.C. churches: a simple air without variations: a plain unvarnished statement; PLAIN'-SPEAK'ING, straight-forwardness or bluntness of speech.--adj. PLAIN'-SPOK'EN, speaking with plain, rough sincerity.--n.pl. PLAIN'STANES (Scot.), flagstones, pavement.--n. PLAIN'WORK, plain needlework, as distinguished from embroidery.--PLAIN AS A PIKESTAFF, perfectly plain or clear. [Fr.,--L. pl[=a]nus, plain.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  62. Clear, evident; simple, readily understood, as p. words, English; not intricate, as p. sewing; unembellished, (of drawings &c.) not coloured; (of food) not rich or highly seasoned; not luxurious, as p. living; outspoken, straightforward; unsophisticated, as I am a p. man; of homely manners, dress, or appearance; ugly, as a pity the poor girl is so p.; p. as a PIKESTAFF; (adv.) clearly, as learn to speak p.; p.-chant, = p.-song; p. clothes, unofficial dress; p. dealing, candour, straight-forwardness; p. sailing, sailing in a p. course, (fig.) simple course of action; plain-song, vocal music composed in mediaeval modes& in free rhythm depending on accentuation of the words, and sung in unison; p.-spoken, outspoken; p. tile, flat roofing-tile; (n.) level tract of country; plainsman, inhabitant of a p. Hence plainly adv., plainness n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  63. (archaic, poet.). Mourn; complain; emit plaintive sound. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  64. adv. In a plain manner; not obscurely;—distinctly; articulately;—simply; sincerely. Cabinet Dictionary
  65. n. Level land; usually an open field with an even surface, or one little varied by inequalities;—a field of battle. Cabinet Dictionary

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