What is plain?

  • (adj): Not mixed with extraneous elements.
    Example: "Plain water"
    Synonyms: sheer, unmingled, unmixed
    See also — Additional definitions below


In geography, a plain is land with relatively low relief, that is flat or gently rolling. Prairies and steppes are types of plains, and the archetype for a plain is often thought of as a grassland, but plains in their natural state may also be covered in shrub lands, woodland and forest, or vegetation may be absent in the case of sandy or stony plains in hot deserts. Types of flatlands for which the term is not generally used include those covered entirely and permanently by swamps, marshes, playas, or ice sheets.

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Some articles on plain:

Geography Of West Bengal - Landforms - Coastal Plain
... Bay of Bengal constitutes the coastal plain ... This emergent coastal plain is made up of sand and mud deposited by rivers and by wind ...
Mizil - Geography
... Located on a series of fields with altitudes of 80-95 m, it is on the Mizil Plain, a subdivision of the Bucureştilor Plain, in turn part of the Wallachian Plain, and has been called the "gate to ... It is also on the edge of the plain region and the southern reaches of foothills leading up to the Southern Carpathians, being bounded by the Sărata Plain to the south ...
Plain, Wisconsin - Notable Residents
... Dominican Sisters, who was a professor of Catholic-Jewish dialogue at Seton Hall, was born in Plain ...
Khwarshi Language - Phonology - Consonants
... Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyngeal Glottal central lateral plain phar ... plain lab ... plain lab ...
Northern Great Plain
... Northern Great Plain (Hungarian Észak-Alföldi Régió) is a statistical (NUTS 2) region of Hungary ... It is part of Great Plain and North (NUTS 1) region ... Northern Great Plain includes the counties of Hajdú-Bihar, Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok, and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg, with a total area of 17,749 km2 (6,853 sq mi) and ...

More definitions of "plain":

  • (adj): Not elaborate or elaborated; simple.
    Example: "Plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
  • (adj): Comprehensible to the general public.
    Example: "Written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
    Synonyms: popular
  • (adj): Lacking stylistic embellishment.
    Example: "Wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"
    Synonyms: literal, unembellished
  • (noun): Extensive tract of level open land.
    Example: "They emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"
    Synonyms: field, champaign
  • (adj): Lacking in physical beauty or proportion.
    Example: "A plain girl with a freckled face"
    Synonyms: homely
  • (adj): Free from any effort to soften to disguise.
    Example: "The plain and unvarnished truth"
    Synonyms: unvarnished
  • (adj): Clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses.
    Example: "Made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
    Synonyms: apparent, evident, manifest, patent
  • (adj): Lacking patterns especially in color.
    Synonyms: unpatterned

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    I am so far from thinking the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ to differ, that I think the plain and simple maxims of the former, will help to illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter, accommodated to the then way of speaking.
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    Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)

    To revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment.... All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple—a few plain words—”My Heart Laid Bare.” But—this little book must be true to its title.
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