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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

  • We took care of them all just using plain films.
  • For some people, dating is a hassle and getting married just plain scary.
  • Occasionally across the fertile plain came the echoing thump of detonating mines.
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  • President Bush in Town Hall
    We're very encouraged that Craigslist is doing the right thing in eliminating its online red light district with prostitution and pornography in plain sight. We'll be watching and investigating critically to make sure this measure is more than just... Richard Blumenthal FOXNews,2933,520032,00.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNHnosF5Xk48n2M7QHBCPqpJCxHqpg May 13, 2009 74978 101061 plain My message was very plain, very easy to understand, and that is, the United States wants you to have the elections as scheduled and take your uniform off," Bush said during a news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Virginia.
  • Jesse Jackson Jr in CNN International
    I want to make this fact plain: I reject and denounce pay-to-play politics and have no involvement whatsoever in any wrongdoing. I did not initiate or authorize anyone at any time to promise anything to Gov. Blagojevich,Jackson, an Illinois...

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