adjective, plain·er, plain·est.
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Origin of plain1
SYNONYMS FOR plain
synonym study for plain
OTHER WORDS FROM plainplainly, adverbplainness, noun
Words nearby plain
Definition for plain (2 of 2)
verb (used without object) British Dialect.
Origin of plain2
Example sentences from the Web for plain
These microbes had been living beneath a vast, flat, sediment-covered plain.Some deep-seafloor microbes still alive after 100 million years!|Carolyn Gramling|September 1, 2020|Science News For Students
If I’m rolling into a Starbucks, in plain sight of lots of foot traffic, and the rack’s right out front, my odds are decent this is enough deterrent to ward off the baddies.
One of the main challenges in curing cancer is that unlike foreign invaders, tumor cells are part of the body and so able to hide in plain sight.
In the US, for instance, the Food and Drug Administration approved chloroquine for treating covid-19, only to reverse itself weeks later after it became plain the drug didn’t work.Every country wants a covid-19 vaccine. Who will get it first?|Katie McLean|August 13, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Researchers, led by microbiologist Yuki Morono of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology in Kochi, examined sediments collected in 2010 from part of the abyssal plain beneath the South Pacific Gyre.These ancient seafloor microbes woke up after over 100 million years|Carolyn Gramling|July 28, 2020|Science News
Yet, much like the fate that fell the first season, ratings just plain weren't good.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thanks to the Atlanta case, they can now see another in plain sight.A Gift to the Jihadis: The Unseen Airport Security Threat|Clive Irving|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because holy hell was that bland, unfunny, uncomfortable, and just plain confusing.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More|Kevin Fallon|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is already well known that there are oilrigs disguised in plain sight all over the city.
The results of that rash decision, the most dire of which has been the rise of ISIS, are now plain for us to see.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crossing the river Lykus into the plain, Mithridates offered the Romans battle.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
It was a plain, comfortable place, wainscoted about, with shelves and lockers in the whimsical copy of a vessel's cabin.
In the centre of this plain was another large koppie of which the river Ukufa, or Death, washed one side.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales|Henry Rider Haggard
As usual the ride over the plain is very tedious and tiring to the limbs—a hilly country in moderation is much more comfortable.Byeways in Palestine|James Finn
The sight is perfectly dazzling; the plain, as far as the eye can reach, extending in the same bespangled carpet of red and green.Parsons on the Rose|Samuel Browne Parsons
British Dictionary definitions for plain (1 of 2)
- the unmarked white ball, as distinguished from the spot balls
- the player using this ball
Derived forms of plainplainly, adverbplainness, noun
Word Origin for plain
British Dictionary definitions for plain (2 of 2)
Word Origin for plain
Scientific definitions for plain
Idioms and Phrases with plain
In addition to the idioms beginning with plain
- plain as day
- plain sailing
- in plain English