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Definitions of plane

  1. an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets; "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood; "the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another; "a flat desk"; "acres of level farmland"; "a plane surface" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. travel on the surface of water Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a level of existence or development; "he lived on a worldly plane" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. cut slices from; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. make even or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. cut or remove with or as if with a plane; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane; "plane the top of the door" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Of a boat, to lift more or less out of the water while in motion, after the manner of a hydroplane; to hydroplane. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Any tree of the genus Platanus. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Without elevations or depressions; even; level; flat; lying in, or constituting, a plane; as, a plane surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A surface, real or imaginary, in which, if any two points are taken, the straight line which joins them lies wholly in that surface; or a surface, any section of which by a like surface is a straight line; a surface without curvature. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. An ideal surface, conceived as coinciding with, or containing, some designated astronomical line, circle, or other curve; as, the plane of an orbit; the plane of the ecliptic, or of the equator. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A block or plate having a perfectly flat surface, used as a standard of flatness; a surface plate. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A tool for smoothing boards or other surfaces of wood, for forming moldings, etc. It consists of a smooth-soled stock, usually of wood, from the under side or face of which projects slightly the steel cutting edge of a chisel, called the iron, which inclines backward, with an apperture in front for the escape of shavings; as, the jack plane; the smoothing plane; the molding plane, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To make smooth; to level; to pare off the inequalities of the surface of, as of a board or other piece of wood, by the use of a plane; as, to plane a plank. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To efface or remove. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Figuratively, to make plain or smooth. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. The plane tree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Flat; level; even; without elevations or depressions. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  24. A flat or even surface; a grade or level of life; as, a person's social plane; a carpenter's tool for smoothing wood. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. To make level; make smooth or even with a tool. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. 1. A flat surface; see planum. 2. An imaginary surface formed by extension through any axis or two definite points, in reference especially to craniometry and to pelvimetry. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  27. A level surface: (geom.) an even superficies. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  28. Plain: even: level: pertaining to, lying in, or forming a plane. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  29. A carpenter's tool. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. To make a surface (as of wood) level. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. An even surface; tool for smoothing surfaces; tree with broad leaves. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  32. Level; even. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To smooth with a plane. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  34. To make smooth or even; bring to a level; dress with a plane. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. Planer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. Lying in a plane; level; flat. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A flat surface. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. A grade of development; stage; level. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  39. Aero. The principal, or one of the principal supporting elements of an aeroplane. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  40. A tool for producing a smooth, even surface. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. The sycamore or buttonwood. planetree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. Without elevations or depressions; even; flat. Plane chart, a chart constructed on the supposition of the earth and sea being an extended plane. Plane geometry, the geometry of figures on a plane surface. Plane sailing, the art of determining the ship's place on the supposition that she is moving on a plane. Plane-table, an instrument or board marked off into degrees from the centre. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. An even or level surface; an instrument used in smoothing boards. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  44. To make smooth. Inclined plane, a plane inclined to the horizon at any angle whatever. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  45. Level; flat; even; without elevations or depressions, as the surface of water at rest; opposed to a curved surface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  46. An even or level surface; a surface without curvature; an imaginary surface assumed to cut and pass through a body, or one of the supposed curves of the celestial sphere; in surv., a level surface parallel to the horizon; a tool for smoothing wood. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  47. To make level or smooth, as with a carpenter's plane; to free from inequalities of surface. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  48. pl[=a]n, n. (geom.) a surface on which, if any two points be taken, the straight line joining them will lie entirely on the surface: (astron.) a surface thought of as bounded by the line round which a heavenly body moves: any flat or level surface: any incline on which coal is lowered by the effect of gravity: any grade of life or of development.--adj. having the character of a plane: pertaining to, lying in, or forming a plane.--v.t. to make plane or smooth.--adj. PL[=A]'NARY, relating to a plane: flat.--n. PLANE'-T[=A]'BLE, a topographical instrument used in field-mapping, and having a sighting-telescope for observing objects, whose angles may be noted on a paper on the table of the instrument: an inclined table on which ore is dressed.--v.t. to survey with a plane-table.--ns. PLAN'IGRAPH, an instrument for reducing or enlarging drawings; PLANIM'ETER, an instrument for measuring the area of a plane figure.--adjs. PLANIMET'RIC, -AL.--n. PLANIM'ETRY, the mensuration of plane surfaces.--adj. PLANIPET'ALOUS, having flat petals.--ns. PLAN'ISHER, a thin flat-ended tool used for smoothing tin-plate and brasswork: a workman who planishes, esp. one who prepares copper-plates for engravers; PLAN'ISPHERE, a sphere projected on a plane.--adjs. PLANISPHER'IC; PL[=A]NO-CON'CAVE, plane on one side and concave on the other; PL[=A]'NO-CON'ICAL, plane on one side and conical on the other; PL[=A]'NO-CON'VEX, plane on one side and convex on the other.--n. PLANOG'RAPHIST, a map-maker.--adj. PL[=A]'NO-HORIZON'TAL, having a plane horizontal surface or position.--ns. PLANOM'ETER, a plane surface used in machine-making as a gauge for plane surfaces; PLANOM'ETRY, the measurement of plane surfaces.--adj. PL[=A]'NO-SUB'ULATE, smooth and awl-shaped.--PLANE ANGLE, an angle contained by two straight lines in a plane; PLANE FIGURE, a figure all of whose points lie in one plane; PLANE GEOMETRY, the geometry of plane figures; PLANE SAILING, the calculation of a ship's place in its course, as if the earth were flat instead of spherical: easy work; PLANE TRIGONOMETRY, that branch of trigonometry which treats of triangles described on a plane.--INCLINED PLANE (see INCLINE); PERSPECTIVE PLANE (see PERSPECTIVE). [Fr.,--L. planus, plain.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  49. pl[=a]n, n. a carpenter's tool for producing a level or smooth surface.--v.t. to make a surface (as of wood) level by means of a plane.--ns. PL[=A]'NER, a tool or machine for planing: a smooth wooden block used for levelling a form of type; PL[=A]N'ING-MACHINE', a machine for planing wood or metals.--v.t. PLAN'ISH, to make smooth: to polish. [Fr.,--Low L. plan[=a]re, to make level.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  50. Genus of tall spreading trees with broad angular palmately-lobed leaves; p.-tree (of this genus). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  51. Tool for smoothing surface of woodwork by paring shavings from it, consisting of wooden or metal stock from smooth bottom of which projects a steel blade; similar tool for smoothing metal; smoothing-p. (used to finish surface, cf. JACK- & TRYING-p.); moulding-p. (for making mouldings); (v.t.) smooth (wood, metal) with p., pare away or down (irregularities) with p., (archaic) level, esp. p. the way. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  52. Surface such that the straight line joining any two points in it lies wholly in it; imaginary surface of this kind in which points or lines in material bodies lie; level surface; INCLINE d p.; each of the natural faces of a crystal; main road in mine; (fig.) level (of thought, knowledge, &c.), as his superstition places him on the same p. as the savage; p. sailing, art of determining ship\'s place on the theory that she is moving on a p., (fig., now usu. PLAIN sailing) simple course. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  53. Perfectly level, as a PLANE; (of angle, figure, &c.) lying in a plane; p. chart (on which meridians& parallels of latitude are represented by equidistant straight lines, used in PLANE sailing); p.-table, surveying instrument used for measuring angles in mapping, (v.t.) survey (area) with this. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  54. (n.) the supporting surface of a monoplane or one of those of a biplane, triplane, &c.; (v.i.) glide down &c. in aeroplane. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  55. A level surface; a surface such that if any two of its points are joined by a straight line that line will lie wholly within the surface. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  56. An ideal Plane as above defined, used as a basis or standard of reference by means of which the positions of the parts of a body or organism are indicated. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  57. [L.] (Math.) A surface, supposed to be capable of indefinite extension, such that the straight line joining any two points in it lies wholly in the surface. A True P. is a mechanical approximation to a theoretically true P., invented by Sir J. Whitworth, and produced by working on the principle that, if three bodies having faces A, B, C, such that if A and B can be brought by superimposition to coincide point by point with C and likewise with each other, all three are true planes. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  58. n. An even or level surface; a real figure in which lines or curves drawn between any two points lie in the same surface;—an imaginary surface supposed to be drawn through any of the curves or orbits described in the celestial sphere;—a carpenter's or joiner's tool consisting of a chisel projecting from an aperture in a wooden frame, and used to pare or smooth boards or other surfaces of wood. Cabinet Dictionary

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