- 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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Examples from the Web for preplanned
She claimed the attack in Libya was “spontaneous” and not preplanned.Write About Terrorism? Nah, Let’s All Bash Mitt Romney Instead!
September 28, 2012
One leader says there was a preplanned plot from abroad, and 50 people have been arrested in the Benghazi siege.
“We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned,” Rice said.
They were not brought out in the thousands to protect a preplanned procession of the already vulnerable Shiite community.Maid Murder Rocks Pakistan
February 8, 2010
No, but the whole thing seemed to be a kind of a preplanned thing.
You said that you were beginning to wonder whether this is a preplanned affair.
If there is no public fallout shelter near your home, prepare a permanent or preplanned family shelter at home.In Time Of Emergency
Department of Defense
You have said she is too cold, you have said you thought that all this was preplanned.
- 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 preplanned
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 preplanned
In addition to the idiom beginning with plan
- plan on
- best-laid plans