Meaning of PLAIN in English

PLAIN

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a plain ring

She wore a plain gold ring.

flood plain

plain chocolate

plain clothes (= ordinary clothes that the police wear in order not to be recognized )

He was arrested by officers in plain clothes.

plain English (= English that is easy to understand )

leaflets written in plain English

plain flour

plain paper (= with nothing written or printed on it )

The package was wrapped in plain brown paper.

plain/honest/fair dealing (= a particular way of doing business )

a reputation for fair dealing

plain/simple (= without anything added or without decoration )

He liked eating simple food, nothing spicy.

simple/plain/basic/sheer common sense (= very obviously sensible )

Locking your doors at night is simple common sense.

the simple/plain/naked truth (= the truth, with nothing added, left out, or hidden )

The simple truth is that there isn’t enough money to pay for it.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

as

You can even use a word processor, as long as it will let you save the files as plain text.

Timothy wouldn't want a woman as plain as she.

Frans Hals had painted portraits of girls who could only be described as plain , but something lively and piquant redeemed them.

It is as plain and simple as that.

I can remember that as plain as anything, coming over there.

It is important to make this as plain as possible because it is so tentative.

Amongst a hundred persons, the lover stands out as plain as the shining moon in heaven amongst the stars.

But music types in Manhattan and Hollywood say that they can see a country act as plain as a barn door.

just

Soporific or just plain asleep commentators.

Moby gorges on brutal love and just plain not caring.

Are you on the side of progress, or just plain old protest for its own sake?

All of that, and their shows are giddy, engaging, lighthearted and just plain fun.

Where everything was just plain and simple, laughing and joking the norm.

But Mr Manion, some people are just plain miserable all the time.

Was it an accident, was I pushed, or was I just plain stupid?

City growth proponents denounced their opponents as mean-spirited, power-hungry, and just plain stupid.

quite

I made it quite plain he would go before she did, and I rather think he has accepted the statusquo.

But what Godolphin saw seemed quite plain to him.

Yet market buildings, even when they are quite plain , are usually attractive features of a town.

But then she was no longer classed as a shop assistant, Mrs Miller had made that quite plain .

Not quite right, not quite plain enough or narrow enough, but getting there.

The design is quite plain , similar to that of an old wooden target arrow.

The answer seemed to her quite plain .

The Gestapo captain had made his feelings about Kruger quite plain , accusing him of wasting the Gestapo's time.

too

But the dressmaker had obviously decided it was too plain and added a few frills to liven it up a bit.

He was afraid that his emotions were too plain on his face.

Hadn't Rourke made that all too plain ?

To avoid this looking too plain and the break-off rows being very abrupt try using a small pattern to divide the colours.

The look that had passed between the Empress and Brien fitzCount was all too plain now.

The idea of breaking into the Colonel's den never occurred to me - it was just too plain terrifying.

very

When he married her, she was a reserved, very plain girl who played the harp in a provincial symphony orchestra.

The capitals on the columns are very plain .

But their styles were really very dissimilar and that became very plain from the moment really that Mr Callaghan took over.

I ran for Congress in Wyoming and was whipped by a very plain but prominently named man.

Rooms are very plain , shared facilities only, but quite spacious.

Visitors to Crufts and other shows will know that these metal-sided stalls are usually left very plain .

She made it very plain what she wanted.

And she makes it very plain that she doesn't see the fun of cooking for me!

■ NOUN

chocolate

Spread white chocolate layer over plain chocolate in tin, then add remaining chocolate layer.

Cool. 4 Melt the white and plain chocolate in separate bowls over hot water.

Chill until set. 3 Melt the remaining plain chocolate and the white chocolate in separate bowls over hot water.

Melt the remaining plain chocolate in a pan with the cream.

Why couldn't those concerned realize that plain chocolate combined best with ice-cream?

Mix cheeses. melt plain chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

clothes

Behind them in a doorway is a man wearing plain clothes and dark glasses.

Normal stores have security people dressed in such plain clothes you wonder how they can afford to do any shopping.

In the morning, she rose early and dressed in her plainest clothes , flounces and frills had no place in business.

We recruit uniformed officers into plain clothes so that people like yourself, who are being eliminated, won't feel under pressure.

They were in plain clothes and, in his opinion, drunk, arrogant and overpowering.

Female speaker We've got extra foot patrols in uniform and plain clothes to prevent an attack and to pick up information.

Mr Montesinos was escorted by agents in plain clothes into a helicopter shortly after arriving at Lima airport.

In uniform and in plain clothes , roughly 50 were on different shifts asking each shopper for more information.

face

When putting the ring together I alternate the segments marked face up then plain face up to create a balanced pattern.

A smile lit up her plain face as Juliet approached.

The smile melted from the fat, plain face when Blanche introduced herself.

With a fierce look on her tough, plain face .

This small, uninteresting woman with short greying hair and a plain face ?

fact

For the plain fact is, we are saying many different things.

The plain fact was that a combination of market forces and gross mismanagement had thrown Salomon Brothers into deep trouble.

The plain fact is that there are steps that Cleveland should be taking to improve the way that it manages education spending.

The plain fact was she had been terrified by her own reflection, and this was not lightly to be dismissed.

The plain fact is, however, that behaviour, whether it is deliberate or not, always influences people.

He asserted the plain fact of the existence of differences in taste.

He'd told Willi the plain facts .

The plain fact is that us women are fussy.

flour

Thicken towards the end of cooking if necessary with plain flour mixed with a little water and a few drops of bottled gravy browning.

Appendix B Recipes for play dough Mix plain flour and water with a little salt.

Sift the strong plain flour into a warm mixing bowl.

glass

Fit a plain glass or polaroid filter over the lens Load the cassette into the camcorder in dust-free conditions.

Glass with coffee pots and metal and found magazine pictures and glass with just plain glass.

The original stained glass window was destroyed by vandals in the 1960s and replaced by a plain glass one.

The lenses were of plain glass .

knitting

Start at base of face. 2 Knit three rows of plain knitting .

Once you have completed a few rows of plain knitting , you can prepare to start.

Continue in plain knitting with dark colour.

When this happens, knit four rows of plain knitting .

Knit a few rows of plain knitting and prepare to try Card No. 18.

language

Article 5 imposes the plain language requirement and the obligation to interpret ambiguities in the way most favourable to the consumer.

A weekly publication that analyzes some 1, 700 different stocks, Value Line is written in plain language .

We shall use plain language in all our dealings with you and provide clear statements of terms and conditions.

This is an entertaining book that explains the basics of buying stock with colorful illustrations and plain language .

Our subsequent telephone conversation was a study in plain language , but McFarlane held his ground and made no apologies.

paper

Therefore, the letter was on plain paper .

Displaying the results Smart presentation of results should always be done on plain paper .

All this information must also be included on captions, and if plain paper is being used the address should be added.

sailing

But it's not all plain sailing .

I recognized that all would not be plain sailing .

But it wasn't going to be all plain sailing .

However, it was not all plain sailing .

Mind you, it was not all plain sailing for the Merseyside comic making her Liverpool debut in the role.

Get the mitres right and the rest is plain sailing .

sight

Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight .

text

Not long ago, email was a strictly plain text affair.

It would all require a massive decipherment, a conversion to plain text .

Remember to load and save the file in plain text mode.

Mostly you get reams of plain text .

You can even use a word processor, as long as it will let you save the files as plain text .

The data transferred may be plain text , hypertext, images, or anything else.

If we only allow ourselves plain text as input, the output is always something of a guess.

Save it as plain text to a file named pon.cli.

tile

Because Sandtoft are producing the very first machine made clay plain tile to match the Humberside pantile.

So at last you can specify profiled and plain tiles together.

Plus the plain tile eave coursing so often seen with pantile roofs in the North East.

However, it was necessary to renew the roof covering of clay plain tiles with identical material.

Tiles are less durable than slates, but good quality clay plain tiles can easily last for sixty years.

Some concrete and clay plain tiles originally intended for roofing can also be used for cladding walls.

truth

The plain truth was that he hadn't witnessed what was going on behind him.

The whole place was undeniably fouled; but there was another plain truth which was worse than this: she was home.

That is not a metaphor, it is the plain truth .

But the plain truth is that we can not say what was really done for the children or what the results were.

But they contain more plain truth than he is able to recognise.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

as plain as a pikestaff

under plain cover/under separate cover

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

plain vanilla ice cream

a plain blue suit

Catherine, who had been rather plain as a child, was now an attractive young woman.

Do you have any plain white shirts?

He put the letter in a plain brown envelope.

Miles was the plain one in an otherwise good-looking family.

She spoke slowly and carefully, using plain simple language.

The chapel was a small, plain , white-washed building.

The document is written in plain English.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Cool for 1 minute, then trim using a plain pastry cutter which is slightly larger than the biscuits.

Fit a plain glass or polaroid filter over the lens Load the cassette into the camcorder in dust-free conditions.

Once again, the desirability of clear terms of contract, coupled perhaps with an unambiguous job description, is plain .

Or is it just plain indifference?

Stuffed hard-boiled eggs, most often called deviled eggs, can be spicy, plain or very exotic.

The company makes plain and sweet biscuits and soda crackers.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

central

Their native land consisted of a central plain surrounded by mountains.

Presently the harbor itself became visible across the central Oahu plain , a film of morning mist hovering over it.

The Cheyenne, who also once lived in Minnesota, hunted the region of the Black Hills and the central plains .

The central plains were where the first railroads crossed, so they were the first to be settled.

coastal

The Hinkley Point development in fact erupts with total incongruity from the flat coastal plain which borders the Bristol Channel.

We sat with our backs against the trig point and gazed down like Gods on the coastal plain of Thassos.

For the Downland, sheep remained dominant; it was in the coastal plain and Weald that a new impetus was given.

Macadam until we run out of the coastal plain and start to climb.

How different was the rich, irrigated coastal plain !

Undulating coastal plains and other ungraded lowlands, underlain by permafrost, in summer form some of the tundra's wettest areas.

The outward journey was quite uneventful as far as the Wadi Tamit, a steep defile leading down the escarpment on to the coastal plain .

Where the road passed through the coastal plains there were farms with cattle grazing on knee-high grass.

fertile

When it dried up, the salts sank as the rains washed top soil down to create fertile plains .

flat

The Hinkley Point development in fact erupts with total incongruity from the flat coastal plain which borders the Bristol Channel.

Impossibly, incredibly, it was no longer a monolith rearing high above a flat plain .

This wide coastal belt is a generally flat plain , only partially wooded, containing little building stone.

The valley from the hill to the massif was all flat plains covered with elephant grass.

The train stopped somewhere in the middle of a flat plain and we marched eastwards.

It was a 3, 000-foot granite slab, rising in total isolation from a flat plain .

The camp lies on a flat plain , completely without vegetation.

There was deposition in large alluvial fans stretching out from the mountains in the south and the north-east into the flat plain .

grassy

Towards the north these turn into pine forests and eventually thin out to form the grassy plains of Kislev.

Dry grassy plains or open scrub, semi-deserts.

great

There was no sign of the great plains the count had spoken of.

The Doctor stood up, taking in the distant sights of the great plain .

high

Situated on a high plain , behind Rennes-le-Chateau, La Valdieu was at the end of a very rough track.

Particularly on the high plains , Lewis and Clark camped at places where nothing as important has happened sInce.

Rangers' victory does not elevate the Motherwells and Airdries to a higher plain .

Why not plant millions of them on the high plains to break the wind and conserve the soil?

Away to the high plains rolling in waves to the rising final chord of the Rocky Mountains!

Out on the high plains , the problem is of a different nature.

open

It also gives them protection as they venture across the open plains of sand, where there are no hiding places.

This one hobbled about gamely, seemingly eager to get back to the open plains .

Ring after ring of rough-hewn stone walls thunder their way across the open plain on the deserted south-eastern edge of the city.

southern

February is the season of the great migration journeys to the southern plains , a time of rebirth for the herds.

The rivers of the southern plains are dry much of their length, much of the year.

On the far southern plains , the oil towns of Plainview and Midland and Odessa rise like off-shore drilling rigs.

vast

The altar sits on a vast plain over which many battles have been fought.

I recall high school as one vast , Midwestern plain of unhappiness.

First his small plane is seen searching the vast plains for her village.

Where did safety lie on that vast , hostile plain ?

■ NOUN

flood

Her dammed-up intelligence overflowed like a flood plain .

The little town crowns a low plateau just out of reach of the flood plain of the nearby Deerfield River.

The already over-stretched funds can not deal with serious infrastructure solutions to facilitate the development of flood plains .

On the one hand, some Mars probes have transmitted pictures of what appear to be dried Martian rivers and flood plains .

There is also talk of investing in flood defences and preventing building development on flood plains .

■ VERB

cross

As we were crossing the plain of Birzebbugia nearing the air station, we were surprised to hear a sharp report.

make

He made his displeasure plain to the prime minister.

Carrying alluvial sands from the Rocky Mountains, they helped make the plains .

Mr Mitchell made his hatred plain .

Notices attached to them make this plain .

Only Avens made a pass at her, and when she made plain what her answer was he grew cold and distant.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

the plains of Nebraska

the central Oahu plain

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

At night there were no longer any bonfires to be seen, either on the hill or way out on the surrounding plain .

Some smooth plains consist of infill in some medium sized craters.

The plain below where the buildings once stood is as empty as when Crazy Horse surrendered there.

The Cheyenne, who also once lived in Minnesota, hunted the region of the Black Hills and the central plains.

The mica dams dry out to form white plains, with a consistency of putty.

This impressive stone building has a commanding site on a hill above the surrounding plain .

Tipi poles were made of the slender trunks of young lodgepole pines, and were rare items on the treeless plains.

Today, most travellers who see the plains do it from thirty thousand feet.

III. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

old

Tackling these more stubborn obstacles will boil down to better schools and plain old dollars and cents.

Another useful salt is plain old chemical fertilizer.

Once there were plain old credit cards.

■ VERB

just

Many forms of worms are collected with characteristics ranging from beauty to just plain wormy.

make

When he asked the new tsar to give land to the peasants he made plain the other.

The revolution of 1905 had made plain the disruptive power of the industrial labour force.

I shall make plain our position on today's business.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Tell me plainly what you want.

The leaflet plainly states what the party's position is on immigration.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He possesses plain good sense, and is in the full confidence of his Countrymen.

Stella Duncan was just plain lost.

There was another little room, the Quiet Room, plain concrete block walls without chairs or windows.

They'd all queue up-excited, mistrustful or just plain scared.

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