- a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance: battle plans.
- a design or scheme of arrangement: an elaborate plan for seating guests.
- a specific project or definite purpose: plans for the future.
- Also called plan view. a drawing made to scale to represent the top view or a horizontal section of a structure or a machine, as a floor layout of a building.
- a representation of a thing drawn on a plane, as a map or diagram: a plan of the dock area.
- (in perspective drawing) one of several planes in front of a represented object, and perpendicular to the line between the object and the eye.
- a formal program for specified benefits, needs, etc.: a pension plan.
- to arrange a method or scheme beforehand for (any work, enterprise, or proceeding): to plan a new recreation center.
- to make plans for: to plan one's vacation.
- to draw or make a diagram or layout of, as a building.
- to make plans: to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.
Origin of plan
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- variant of plano-1 before a vowel: planate.
Related Wordsidea, deal, system, strategy, project, intention, program, treatment, suggestion, policy, proposal, arrangement, method, procedure, blueprint, agenda, plot, organize, form, design
Examples from the Web for plan
The plan is to stretch it out as long as possible, then probably forget about it, and then suddenly remember it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Her new comments will only add to ongoing speculation that the Yorks plan, one day, to remarry.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
The family behind Sotto Sotto says that they plan to rebuild, but an insider tells me it may be a while.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot
December 30, 2014
Some in the intelligence community seem to have followed through on that plan.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Your brother, in short, has given a plan that captivates us all.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The plan of this steam-navigation is now about ten years old.
But from the outset the plan was received with universal favor.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
We respect you just as much, but not to plan things for the rest of us.Way of the Lawless
My plan was to reduce each man's ration of flower from 7lbs.
- a detailed scheme, method, etc, for attaining an objective
- (sometimes plural) a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something
- a drawing to scale of a horizontal section through a building taken at a given level; a view from above an object or an area in orthographic projectionCompare ground plan (def. 1), elevation (def. 5)
- an outline, sketch, etc
- (in perspective drawing) any of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision and between the eye and object depicted
- to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)
- (tr) to make a plan of (a building)
- (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to have in mind as a purpose; intend
Word Origin and History for plan
1670s as a technical term in perspective drawing; 1706 as "drawing, sketch, or diagram of any object," from French plan "ground plan, map," literally "plane surface" (mid-16c.), from Latin planum "level or flat surface," noun use of adjective planus "level, flat" (see plane (n.1)). The notion is of "a drawing on a flat surface." Meaning "scheme of action, design" is first recorded 1706, possibly influenced by French planter "to plant," from Italian planta "ground plan."
Idioms and Phrases with plan
In addition to the idiom beginning with plan
- plan on
- best-laid plans