plain vs plane : Common Errors in English

About plain vs plane

Both of these words have to do with flatness. A flat prairie is a plain, and you use a plane to smooth flat a piece of wood. “Plain” is also an adjective which can describe things that are ordinary, simple, or unattractive. But whether you go the airport to catch a plane or meditate to achieve a higher plane of consciousness, the meanings that have to do with things high up are spelled “plane.”

plain Meaning(s)

  • (n) extensive tract of level open land
  • (n) a basic knitting stitch
  • (v) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • (s) clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  • (a) not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  • (a) lacking patterns especially in color
  • (s) not mixed with extraneous elements
  • (s) free from any effort to soften to disguise
  • (s) lacking embellishment or ornamentation
  • (s) lacking in physical beauty or proportion
  • (r) unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

plane Meaning(s)

  • (n) an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
  • (n) (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
  • (n) a level of existence or development
  • (n) a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood
  • (n) a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
  • (v) cut or remove with or as if with a plane
  • (v) travel on the surface of water
  • (v) make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane
  • (s) having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another

plain in News

  1. Plain City boy drowns in pool

    An 8-year-old Plain City boy discovered unresponsive in a backyard pool at a Brown Township residence died June 9 at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: This Week Hilliard

  2. Plain Township Trustees: June 11

    Plain Township Trustees Tuesday meeting
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Canton Repository

  3. Former Garden Plain coach pleads guilty to misdemeanor, avoids jail time in plea agreement

    Former Garden Plain football coach Todd Puetz, who was facing a possible sentence of five years in prison for electronic solicitation of a minor, has avoided jail time by reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Wichita Eagle

plane in News

  1. Plane crash simulated at SMX

    Local emergency responders experienced the training benefits of a plane crash without the tragedy during an exercise Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Santa Maria Times

  2. Plane Manufacturers Are Poised to Take Flight

    Plane Manufacturers Are Poised to Take Flight        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  3. Plane reportedly flew 7 times with dead man onboard

    A plane made seven flights carrying a dead man in its wheel well before crews made the grisly discovery, according to The iFly Airbus A330-300 completed a flight from Italy to Moscow last Thursday when maintenance crews noticed blood stains on its landing gear.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Fox News

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