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Bland vs. Plain

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Blandadjective

Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.

‘a bland oil;’; ‘a bland diet’;

Plainadjective

Flat, level.

Blandadjective

Lacking in taste, flavor, or vigor.

‘The coffee was bland.’; ‘The judge found the defense's case to be bland.’;

Plainadjective

Simple.

Blandadjective

Lacking interest; boring; dull.

Plainadjective

Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished.

‘He was dressed simply in plain black clothes.’; ‘a plain tune’;

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Blandadjective

Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.

Plainadjective

Of just one colour; lacking a pattern.

‘a plain pink polycotton skirt’;

Blandverb

To mix; blend; mingle.

Plainadjective

Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary.

‘They're just plain people like you or me.’;

Blandverb

To connect; associate.

Plainadjective

(of food) Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras.

‘Would you like a poppy bagel or a plain bagel?’;

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Blandnoun

Mixture; union.

Plainadjective

(computing) Containing no extended or nonprinting characters (especially in plain text).

Blandnoun

A summer beverage prepared from the whey of churned milk, common among the inhabitants of the Shetland Islands.

Plainadjective

Obvious.

Blandadjective

Mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave; as, a bland temper; bland persuasion; a bland sycophant.

Plainadjective

Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, clear, unmistakable.

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Blandadjective

Having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating; as, a bland oil; a bland diet.

Plainadjective

Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier).

‘His answer was just plain nonsense.’;

Blandadjective

lacking either stimulating or irritating characteristics;

‘a bland pudding’; ‘a bland diet for her irritated stomach’;

Plainadjective

Open.

Blandadjective

lacking taste or flavor or tang;

‘a bland diet’; ‘insipid hospital food’; ‘flavorless supermarket tomatoes’; ‘vapid beer’; ‘vapid tea’;

Plainadjective

Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt.

‘Let me be plain with you: I don't like her.’;

Blandadjective

lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting;

‘a bland little drama’; ‘a flat joke’;

Plainadjective

Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.

Plainadjective

Not unusually beautiful; unattractive.

‘Throughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face.’;

Plainadverb

(colloquial) Simply

‘It was just plain stupid.’; ‘I plain forgot.’;

Plainnoun

A lamentation.

Plainnoun

An expanse of land with relatively low relief.

Plainnoun

A battlefield.

Plainnoun

(obsolete) A plane.

Plainverb

To complain.

Plainverb

To lament, bewail.

‘to plain a loss’;

Plainverb

To level; to raze; to make plain or even on the surface.

Plainverb

To make plain or manifest; to explain.

Plainverb

To lament; to bewail; to complain.

‘We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.’;

Plainverb

To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.

Plainverb

To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.

‘We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.’;

Plainverb

To make plain or manifest; to explain.

‘What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.’;

Plainadjective

Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.

‘The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.’;

Plainadjective

Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.

‘Our troops beat an army in plain fight.’;

Plainadjective

Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.

Plainadjective

Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.

Plainadverb

In a plain manner; plainly.

Plainnoun

Level land; usually, an open field or a broad stretch of land with an even surface, or a surface little varied by inequalities; as, the plain of Jordan; the American plains, or prairies.

‘Descending fro the mountain into playn.’; ‘Him the AmmoniteWorshiped in Rabba and her watery plain.’;

Plainnoun

A field of battle.

‘Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.’;

Plainnoun

extensive tract of level open land;

‘they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain’; ‘he longed for the fields of his youth’;

Plainnoun

a basic knitting stitch

Plainverb

express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness;

‘My mother complains all day’; ‘She has a lot to kick about’;

Plainadjective

clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses;

‘the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields’; ‘evident hostility’; ‘manifest disapproval’; ‘patent advantages’; ‘made his meaning plain’; ‘it is plain that he is no reactionary’; ‘in plain view’;

Plainadjective

not elaborate or elaborated; simple;

‘plain food’; ‘stuck to the plain facts’; ‘a plain blue suit’; ‘a plain rectangular brick building’;

Plainadjective

lacking patterns especially in color

Plainadjective

not mixed with extraneous elements;

‘plain water’; ‘sheer wine’; ‘not an unmixed blessing’;

Plainadjective

free from any effort to soften to disguise;

‘the plain and unvarnished truth’; ‘the unvarnished candor of old people and children’;

Plainadjective

lacking embellishment or ornamentation;

‘a plain hair style’; ‘unembellished white walls’; ‘functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete’;

Plainadjective

lacking stylistic embellishment;

‘a literal description’; ‘wrote good but plain prose’; ‘a plain unadorned account of the coronation’; ‘a forthright unembellished style’;

Plainadjective

comprehensible to the general public;

‘written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language’;

Plainadjective

lacking in physical beauty or proportion;

‘a homely child’; ‘several of the buildings were downright homely’; ‘a plain girl with a freckled face’;

Plainadverb

unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly');

‘the answer is obviously wrong’; ‘she was in bed and evidently in great pain’; ‘he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list’; ‘it is all patently nonsense’; ‘she has apparently been living here for some time’; ‘I thought he owned the property, but apparently not’; ‘You are plainly wrong’; ‘he is plain stubborn’;

Plainadjective

not decorated or elaborate; simple or basic in character

‘everyone dined at a plain wooden table’; ‘good plain food’;

Plainadjective

without a pattern; in only one colour

‘a plain fabric’;

Plainadjective

(of paper) without lines.

Plainadjective

bearing no indication as to contents or affiliation

‘donations can be put in a plain envelope’;

Plainadjective

having no pretensions; not remarkable or special

‘a plain, honest man with no nonsense about him’;

Plainadjective

(of a person) without a special title or status

‘for years he was just plain Bill’;

Plainadjective

easy to perceive or understand; clear

‘the advantages were plain to see’; ‘it was plain that something was wrong’;

Plainadjective

(of written or spoken usage) clearly expressed, without the use of technical or abstruse terms

‘an insurance policy written in plain English’;

Plainadjective

not using concealment or deception; frank

‘there were indrawn breaths at such plain speaking’;

Plainadjective

(of a person) not beautiful or attractive

‘a plain, round-faced woman’;

Plainadjective

sheer; simple (used for emphasis)

‘the main problem is just plain exhaustion’;

Plainadjective

denoting or relating to a type of knitting stitch produced by putting the needle through the front of each stitch from left to right.

Plainadverb

used for emphasis

‘perhaps the youth was just plain stupid’;

Plainadverb

clearly or unequivocally

‘I'm finished with you, I'll tell you plain’;

Plainnoun

a large area of flat land with few trees

‘the coastal plain’;

Plainverb

mourn or lament.

Plainverb

complain.

Plainverb

emit a mournful or plaintive sound.

Plain

In geography, a plain is a flat expanse of land that generally does not change much in elevation, and are primarily treeless. Plains occur as lowlands along valleys or at the base of mountains, as coastal plains, and as plateaus or uplands.In a valley, a plain is enclosed on two sides, but in other cases a plain may be delineated by a complete or partial ring of hills, by mountains, or by cliffs.

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