- 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
Synonyms for plan
Examples from the Web for planless
Historical Examples of planless
As there appeared no change in their drowsy relations, she forgot all about it, and life was planless.Main Street
It was a planless, incoherent ebullition of enterprise due to temporary and almost accidental advantages over the rest of mankind.A Short History of the World
H. G. Wells
Democracy, if it means anything, means the rule of the planless man, the rule of the unkempt mind.The Research Magnificent
H. G. Wells
But the planless system which so many follow never gives satisfactory results.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
Things happened to him so much of late, his own efforts had counted for so little, that he had become passive and planless.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
- 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 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."
In addition to the idiom beginning with plan
- plan on
- best-laid plans