- easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
- not elaborate or artificial; plain: a simple style.
- not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple gown.
- unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner.
- not complicated: a simple design.
- not complex or compound; single.
- occurring or considered alone; mere; bare: the simple truth; a simple fact.
- free of deceit or guile; sincere; unconditional: a frank, simple answer.
- common or ordinary: a simple soldier.
- not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious: a simple way of life.
- humble or lowly: simple folk.
- inconsequential or rudimentary.
- unlearned; ignorant.
- lacking mental acuteness or sense: a simple way of thinking.
- unsophisticated; naive; credulous.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
- Botany. not divided into parts: a simple leaf; a simple stem.
- Zoology. not compound: a simple ascidian.
- Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single: simple tone.
- Grammar. having only the head without modifying elements included: The simple subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “pony.”Compare complete(def 5).
- (of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) (opposed to compound).
- Mathematics. linear(def 7).
- Optics. (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
- an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
- something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
- simples, Textiles. cords for controlling the warp threads in forming the shed on draw-looms.
- a person of humble origins; commoner.
- an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes: country simples.
Origin of simple
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Examples from the Web for simplest
Angry Birds at its simplest was the same way, though you wanted to watch things collapse and explode.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
Methane (chemical formula CH4) is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, which literally means “containing hydrogen and carbon.”Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
“Her paintings and paints in the palest colors, and simplest shapes, pretty much covered the studio,” Bradlee wrote.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy
October 22, 2014
I began with the simplest cost I could think of, the fee for some routine blood work I had scheduled for later that month.Despite ObamaCare, US Health System Still a Complete Mess
October 11, 2014
It seems like the simplest way to use the data you collect about yourself is to present it in a kind of timeline.The Best Quantified Self Site You Haven’t Heard Of
Jamie Todd Rubin
August 5, 2014
It was the simplest hymn, Hester thought, she had ever heard.Weighed and Wanting
The reply was of the simplest, and it was the end of argument.Within the Law
The simplest child he would no more offend than the most powerful man.Ridgeway
We find that the deepest thoughts can be expressed in the simplest language.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
The discipline is of the simplest, yet, I was assured, quite efficacious.In the Heart of Vosges
- not involved or complicated; easy to understand or doa simple problem
- plain; unadorneda simple dress
- consisting of one element or part only; not combined or complexa simple mechanism
- unaffected or unpretentiousalthough he became famous, he remained a simple and well-liked man
- not guileful; sincere; frankher simple explanation was readily accepted
- of humble condition or rankthe peasant was of simple birth
- weak in intelligence; feeble-minded
- (prenominal) without additions or modifications; merethe witness told the simple truth
- (prenomina) ordinary or straightforwarda simple case of mumps
- chem (of a substance or material) consisting of only one chemical compound rather than a mixture of compounds
- (of a fraction) containing only integers
- (of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
- (of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
- not divided into partsa simple leaf; a simple eye
- formed from only one ovarysimple fruit
- music relating to or denoting a time where the number of beats per bar may be two, three, or four
- a simpleton; fool
- a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties
Word Origin and History for simplest
c.1200, "free from duplicity, upright, guileless; blameless, innocently harmless," also "ignorant, uneducated; unsophisticated; simple-minded, foolish," from Old French simple (12c.) "plain, decent; friendly, sweet; naive, foolish, stupid," hence "wretched, miserable," from Latin simplus, variant of simplex "simple, uncompounded," literally "onefold" (see simplex). Sense of "free from pride, humble, meek" is mid-13c. As "consisting of only one substance or ingredient" (opposite of composite or compounded) it dates from late 14c.; as "easily done" (opposite of complicated) it dates from late 15c.
From mid-14c. as "unqualified; mere; sheer;" also "clear, straightforward; easily understood." From late 14c. as "single, individual; whole." From late 14c. of clothing, etc., "modest, plain, unadorned," and of food, "plain, not sumptuous." In medicine, of fractures, etc., "lacking complications," late 14c. As a law term, "lacking additional legal stipulations, unlimited," from mid-14c.
In Middle English with wider senses than recently, e.g. "inadequate, insufficient; weak, feeble; mere; few; sad, downcast; mournful; of little value; low in price; impoverished, destitute;" of hair, "straight, not curly." As noun, "an innocent or a guileless person; a humble or modest person" (late 14c.), also "an uncompounded substance." From c.1500 as "ignorant people."
Idioms and Phrases with simplest
see pure and simple.