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[pleyn] /pleɪn/
verb (used without object), British Dialect.
1.
to complain.
Origin of plain2
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English plei(g)nen < Old French plaign-, stem of plaindre < Latin plangere to beat (the breast, etc.), lament; akin to Greek plḗssein to strike
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plain1

/pleɪn/
adjective
1.
flat or smooth; level
2.
not complicated; clear: the plain truth
3.
not difficult; simple or easy: a plain task
4.
honest or straightforward
5.
lowly, esp in social rank or education
6.
without adornment or show: a plain coat
7.
(of fabric) without pattern or of simple untwilled weave
8.
not attractive
9.
not mixed; simple: plain vodka
10.
(knitting) of or done in plain
noun
11.
a level or almost level tract of country, esp an extensive treeless region
12.
a simple stitch in knitting made by putting the right needle into a loop on the left needle, passing the wool round the right needle, and pulling it through the loop, thus forming a new loop
13.
(in billiards)
  1. the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
  2. the player using this ball
14.
(in Ireland) short for plain porter, a light porter: two pints of plain, please
adverb
15.
(intensifier): just plain tired
See also plains
Derived Forms
plainly, adverb
plainness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French: simple, from Latin plānus level, distinct, clear

plain2

/pleɪn/
verb
1.
a dialect or poetic word for complain
Word Origin
C14 pleignen, from Old French plaindre to lament, from Latin plangere to beat
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Word Origin and History for plaining

plain

adj.

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."

In 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.

plain

n.

"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.

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plaining in Science
plain
  (plān)   
  1. An extensive, relatively level area of land. Plains are present on all continents except Antarctica and are most often located in the interior regions. Because they can occur at almost any altitude or latitude, plains can be humid and forested, semiarid and grass-covered, or arid.

  2. A broad, level expanse, such as an area of the sea floor or a lunar mare.


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