- 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 planSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for unplannedunintended, unexpected, accidental, impromptu, random, unintentional, haphazard, spontaneous, adventitious, fortuitous, undesigned, aleatory
Examples from the Web for unplanned
Contemporary Examples of unplanned
He said the desperate, unplanned rush north was “the biggest blunder of the campaign.”Anarchy for the U.K.? British Leaders Panicking Over Scottish Vote for Independence
September 10, 2014
Technology has actually made this kind of unplanned traveling easier.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
It was hard to think her unplanned photobomb would have been as uncomfortable for her if Philip had been by her side.A Very Unhappy 92nd Birthday for Prince Philip as He Recovers From Surgery in Hospital
June 10, 2013
Rarely were missions that resulted in unplanned outcomes—called “dryholes” in frontline lingo—briefed in any detail to us.America’s Troubled Drone Policy: Let the Debate Finally Begin
John Kael Weston
February 10, 2013
Newsflash Nard-dawg, unplanned pregnancy is sometimes a good thing.TV Does Sex Ed
October 19, 2012
Historical Examples of unplanned
His walk, unplanned as it was, drew him towards the center of the city.The Blower of Bubbles
Arthur Beverley Baxter
So the meeting of Harley Kennan with the man was unplanned and eventful.Michael, Brother of Jerry
The heedless, unplanned adventuring of an irresponsible American captain.Wide Courses
James Brendan Connolly
That feeling of fear sent a few men, by an unplanned concert of action, to a certain bank before ten o'clock one morning.Quiet Talks with World Winners
S. D. Gordon
I think well soon solve the secret of this civilian passenger who has met an unplanned death.Dave Darrin and the German Submarines
H. Irving Hancock
- not plannedan unplanned baby
- 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