adjective, sim·pler, sim·plest.
- composed of only one substance or element: a simple substance.
- not mixed.
- simple absence,
- simple algebraic extension,
- simple arc,
- simple carbohydrate,
- simple closed curve
Origin of simple
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|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Methane (chemical formula CH4) is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, which literally means “containing hydrogen and carbon.”
“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|Will Rahn|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Molly Worthen|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
They were the quaintest and simplest and trustingest race; why, they were nothing but rabbits.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The simplest is water; and water can purify many things; but there are some things which water cannot cleanse.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
The first is the simplest, and only requires three principal actors, and this is still played in Oxfordshire.A Righte Merrie Christmasse|John Ashton
The unity of type in past and present ages of certain great divisions thus undoubtedly receives the simplest explanation.The Foundations of the Origin of Species|Charles Darwin
In spinning, the simplest form of the spindle—a slender stick thrust through the center of a round wooden disk—is used.Navajo weavers|Washington Matthews
- (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
Word Origin for simple
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."
see pure and simple.