In geography, a plain is a flat, sweeping landmass that generally does not change much in elevation. Plains occur as lowlands along the bottoms of valleys or on the doorsteps 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. Where a geological region contains more than one plain, they may be connected by a pass (sometimes termed a gap). Coastal plains would mostly rise from sea level until they run into elevated features such as mountains or plateaus.Plains are one of the major landforms on earth, where they are present on all continents, and would cover more than one-third of the world’s land area. Plains may have been formed from flowing lava, deposited by water, ice, wind, or formed by erosion by these agents from hills and mountains. Plains would generally be under the grassland (temperate or subtropical), steppe (semi-arid), savannah (tropical) or tundra (polar) biomes. In a few instances, deserts and rainforests can also be plains.Plains in many areas are important for agriculture because where the soils were deposited as sediments they may be deep and fertile, and the flatness facilitates mechanization of crop production; or because they support grasslands which provide good grazing for livestock.
An image or representation of anything formed in the mind.
An opinion or notion formed without much reflection.
"I had a fancy to learn to play the flute."
Love or amorous attachment.
"He took a fancy to her."
The object of inclination or liking.
Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
"Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot."
"the cat fancy"
The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
"He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident."
A diamond with a distinctive colour.
That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).
"This is a fancy shawl."
Of a superior grade.
"This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly."
Executed with skill.
"He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger."
"I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas."
Extravagant; above real value.
In a fancy manner; fancily.
To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
"I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine."
"I fancy a burger tonight for dinner."
"Do you fancy going to town this weekend?"
To be sexually attracted to.
"I fancy that girl over there."
To imagine, suppose.
"I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey."
"Fancy meeting you here!"
"Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden."
To form a conception of; to portray in the mind.
To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
To breed (animals) as a hobby.
Flat, level. from 14th c.
Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished. from 14th c.
"He was dressed simply in plain black clothes."
"a plain tune"
Of just one colour; lacking a pattern.
"a plain pink polycotton skirt"
Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary. from 16th c.
"They're just plain people like you or me."
Having only few ingredients, or no additional ingredients or seasonings; not elaborate, without toppings or extras. from 17th c.
"Would you like a poppy bagel or a plain bagel?"
Containing no extended or nonprinting characters (especially in plain text). from 20th c.
Evident to one's senses or reason; manifest, clear, unmistakable. from 14th c.
Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier). from 14th c.
"His answer was just plain nonsense."
Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt. from 14th c.
"Let me be plain with you: I don't like her."
Not unusually beautiful; unattractive. from 17th c.
"Throughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face."
"It was just plain stupid."
"I plain forgot."
An expanse of land with relatively low relief.
To complain. 13th-19th c.
To lament, bewail. from 14th c.
"to plain a loss"
To level; to raze; to make plain or even on the surface.
To make plain or manifest; to explain.
not decorated or elaborate; simple or basic in character
"everyone dined at a plain wooden table"
"good plain food"
without a pattern; in only one colour
"a plain fabric"
(of paper) without lines.
bearing no indication as to contents or affiliation
"donations can be put in a plain envelope"
having no pretensions; not remarkable or special
"a plain, honest man with no nonsense about him"
(of a person) without a special title or status
"for years he was just plain Bill"
easy to perceive or understand; clear
"the advantages were plain to see"
"it was plain that something was wrong"
(of written or spoken usage) clearly expressed, without the use of technical or abstruse terms
"an insurance policy written in plain English"
not using concealment or deception; frank
"there were indrawn breaths at such plain speaking"
(of a person) not beautiful or attractive
"a plain, round-faced woman"
sheer; simple (used for emphasis)
"the main problem is just plain exhaustion"
denoting or relating to a type of knitting stitch produced by putting the needle through the front of each stitch from left to right.
used for emphasis
"perhaps the youth was just plain stupid"
clearly or unequivocally
"I'm finished with you, I'll tell you plain"
a large area of flat land with few trees
"the coastal plain"
mourn or lament.
emit a mournful or plaintive sound.
To lament; to bewail; to complain.
To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss.
To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
To make plain or manifest; to explain.
Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable.
Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple.
In a plain manner; plainly.
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.
A field of battle.
extensive tract of level open land;
"they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"
"he longed for the fields of his youth"
a basic knitting stitch
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness;
"My mother complains all day"
"She has a lot to kick about"
clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses;
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"
"made his meaning plain"
"it is plain that he is no reactionary"
"in plain view"
not elaborate or elaborated; simple;
"stuck to the plain facts"
"a plain blue suit"
"a plain rectangular brick building"
lacking patterns especially in color
not mixed with extraneous elements;
"not an unmixed blessing"
free from any effort to soften to disguise;
"the plain and unvarnished truth"
"the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
lacking embellishment or ornamentation;
"a plain hair style"
"unembellished white walls"
"functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
lacking stylistic embellishment;
"a literal description"
"wrote good but plain prose"
"a plain unadorned account of the coronation"
"a forthright unembellished style"
comprehensible to the general public;
"written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
lacking in physical beauty or proportion;
"a homely child"
"several of the buildings were downright homely"
"a plain girl with a freckled face"
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"