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Definition 1: a basic knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from the lefthand side - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is a kind of ...) a stitch taken in knitting

Definition 2: extensive tract of level open land - [noun denoting object]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
  • he longed for the fields of his youth

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is a kind of ...) the solid part of the earth's surface

"the plane turned away from the sea and moved back over land" "the earth shook for several minutes" "he dropped the logs on the ground"

(... is a kind of plain ) a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen

(... is a kind of plain ) extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia)

(... is a kind of plain ) a permanent wide expanse of snow

(... is a kind of plain ) a more or less level land surface representing an advanced stage of erosion undisturbed by crustal movements

(... is a kind of plain ) open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss

(... is a kind of plain ) an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)

(... is a kind of plain ) a low plain adjacent to a river that is formed chiefly of river sediment and is subject to flooding

(... is a kind of plain ) a level tract of land

"the salt flats of Utah"

(... is an instance of plain) a vast plain in Tanzania to the west of the Great Rift Valley known for its wildlife

(... is an instance of plain) a vast arid plain of southern Australia stretching inland from the Great Australian Bight; has sparse vegetation and no surface water and is almost uninhabited; the site of a major rocket research center

(... is an instance of plain) a plain in Greece in the northwestern Peloponnese; the chief sanctuary of Zeus and the site of the original Olympian Games

Definition 3: express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness - [verb of communication]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My mother complains all day
  • She has a lot to kick about

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of plain ) bother persistently with trivial complaints

"She nags her husband all day long"

(... is a kind of plain ) complain about; make a charge against

"I reported her to the supervisor"

(... is a kind of plain ) regret strongly

"I deplore this hostile action" "we lamented the loss of benefits"

(... is a kind of plain ) complain bitterly

(... is a kind of plain ) complain

"What was he hollering about?"

(... is a kind of plain ) express discontent

(... is a kind of plain ) utter words of protest

(... is a kind of plain ) show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

"He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong" "We grumbled about the increased work load"

(... is a kind of plain ) make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath

"she grumbles when she feels overworked"

(... is a kind of plain ) complain whiningly

(... is a kind of plain ) say mean things

(... is a kind of plain ) talk whiningly

Definition 4: not elaborate or elaborated; simple - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • plain food
  • stuck to the plain facts
  • a plain blue suit
  • a plain rectangular brick building

(plain is similar to ...) not elaborate; lacking rich or complex detail

(plain is similar to ...) severely simple in line or design

"a neat tailored suit" "tailored curtains"

(plain is similar to ...) unornamented

"a simple country schoolhouse" "her black dress--simple to austerity"

(plain is similar to ...) avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)

"it's the literal truth"

(plain is similar to ...) plain and unpretentious

"homely truths" "letters to his son full of homely advice" "homely fare"

(plain is similar to ...) lacking distinguishing characteristics or features

"the featureless landscape of the steppe"

(plain is similar to ...) having no adornment or coloration

"dry facts" "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"

(plain is similar to ...) (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

"dry toast" "dry meat"

(plain is similar to ...) pure and simple in design or style

"a chaste border of conventionalized flowers"

(plain is similar to ...) apart from anything else; without additions or modifications

"only the bare facts" "shocked by the mere idea" "the simple passage of time was enough" "the simple truth"

(plain is similar to ...) severely simple

"a stark interior"

(plain is similar to ...) plain and without any extras or adornments

"the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond" "the basic car is known as the vanilla version"

(means also ...) not rhetorical

(means also ...) lacking pretension or affectation

"an unpretentious country church" "her quiet unpretentious demeanor"

(means also ...) not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction

(means also ...) having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved

"a simple problem" "simple mechanisms" "a simple design" "a simple substance"

Definition 5: lacking patterns especially in color - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) having the same color all over

Definition 6: unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly') - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the answer is obviously wrong
  • she was in bed and evidently in great pain
  • he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list
  • it is all patently nonsense
  • she has apparently been living here for some time
  • I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
  • You are plainly wrong
  • he is plain stubborn

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 7: free from any effort to soften to disguise - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the plain and unvarnished truth
  • the unvarnished candor of old people and children

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

"a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"

Definition 8: clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields
  • evident hostility
  • manifest disapproval
  • patent advantages
  • made his meaning plain
  • it is plain that he is no reactionary
  • in plain view
  • a palpable lie

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind

"obvious errors"

Definition 9: not mixed with extraneous elements - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • plain water
  • sheer wine
  • not an unmixed blessing

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) free of extraneous elements of any kind

"pure air and water" "pure gold" "pure primary colors" "the violin's pure and lovely song" "pure tones" "pure oxygen"

Definition 10: lacking embellishment or ornamentation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a plain hair style
  • unembellished white walls
  • functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction

Definition 11: lacking in physical beauty or proportion - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where plain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a homely child
  • several of the buildings were downright homely
  • a plain girl with a freckled face

Synonyms for plain in the sense of this definition

(plain is similar to ...) lacking beauty or charm

"as unattractive as most mining regions"

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