What is plane?

  • (noun): A power tool for smoothing or shaping wood.
    Synonyms: planer, planing machine
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "plane":

  • (noun): A carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood.
    Example: "The cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work"
    Synonyms: carpenter's plane, woodworking plane
  • (noun): (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape.
    Example: "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"
    Synonyms: sheet
  • (noun): An aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets.
    Synonyms: airplane, aeroplane
  • (noun): A level of existence or development.
    Example: "He lived on a worldly plane"
  • (adj): Having a horizontal surface in which no part is higher or lower than another.
    Example: "A plane surface"
    Synonyms: flat, level
  • (verb): Make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane.
    Example: "Plane the top of the door"
  • (verb): Travel on the surface of water.
    Synonyms: skim
  • (verb): Cut or remove with or as if with a plane.
    Synonyms: shave

Famous quotes containing the word plane:

    Have you ever been up in your plane at night, alone, somewhere, 20,000 feet above the ocean?... Did you ever hear music up there?... It’s the music a man’s spirit sings to his heart, when the earth’s far away and there isn’t any more fear. It’s the high, fine, beautiful sound of an earth-bound creature who grew wings and flew up high and looked straight into the face of the future. And caught, just for an instant, the unbelievable vision of a free man in a free world.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905–1976)

    with the plane nowhere and her body taking by the throat
    The undying cry of the void falling living beginning to be something
    That no one has ever been and lived through screaming without enough air
    James Dickey (b. 1923)

    In time the scouring of wind and rain will wear down the ranges and plane off the region until it has the drab monotony of the older deserts. In the meantime—a two-million-year meantime—travelers may enjoy the cruel beauties of a desert in its youth,....
    —For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)