plain vs plane :

plain or 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.”

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  • n  extensive tract of level open land
    they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
  • n  a basic knitting stitch
  • v  express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    My mother complains all day
  • s  clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    made his meaning plain
    it is plain that he is no reactionary
    in plain view
  • a  not elaborate or elaborated; simple
    plain food
    stuck to the plain facts
    a plain blue suit
    a plain rectangular brick building
  • a  lacking patterns especially in color
  • s  not mixed with extraneous elements
    plain water
  • s  free from any effort to soften to disguise
    the plain and unvarnished truth
  • s  lacking embellishment or ornamentation
    a plain hair style
  • s  lacking in physical beauty or proportion
    a plain girl with a freckled face
  • r  unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
    You are plainly wrong
    he is plain stubborn

  • n  an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
    the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane
  • n  (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
    we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane
    any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane
  • n  a level of existence or development
    he lived on a worldly plane
  • n  a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood
  • n  a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
    the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work
  • 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
    plane the top of the door
  • s  having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    a plane surface
News & Articles

  • Plane lost power twice before crashing in Herndon last month
    An initial report filed by federal investigators showed that the plane lost power twice before smashing through the roof of an apartment building.
    June 14, 2013 - Washington Post
  • Plane hits light pole at Nashville airport before Atlanta flight
    A plane at Nashville International Airport hit a light pole minutes before it was set to take off Thursday, sending passengers back to the terminal to await a later flight.
    June 14, 2013 - The Tennessean
  • Plane Crashes Into Hangar at Chino Airport
    A plane has crashed into a hangar at Chino Airport in San Bernardino County, California. No one has been reported as injured in the crash , which occurred while the jet was taxiing. The jet belonged to a private company called Grady International Inc., which is registered in Irvine. The jet was undergoing an engine test, according to KTLA , and was never intended to fly today. Three mechanics ...
    June 14, 2013 - Jalopnik