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Surface vs. Plain — What's the Difference?

Surface vs. Plain — What's the Difference?

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Surface

A surface, as the term is most generally used, is the outermost or uppermost layer of a physical object or space. It is the portion or region of the object that can first be perceived by an observer using the senses of sight and touch, and is the portion with which other materials first interact.
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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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Surface

The outside part or uppermost layer of something
Poor road surfaces
The earth's surface
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Plain

Not decorated or elaborate; simple or basic in character
Everyone dined at a plain wooden table
Good plain food
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Surface

A continuous set of points that has length and breadth but no thickness.
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Plain

Having no pretensions; not remarkable or special
A plain, honest man with no nonsense about him
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Surface

Relating to or found on the surface of something
Surface layers
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Plain

Easy to perceive or understand; clear
The advantages were plain to see
It was plain that something was wrong
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Surface

Rise or come up to the surface of the water or the ground
He surfaced from his dive
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Plain

(of a person) not beautiful or attractive
A plain, round-faced woman
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Surface

Provide (something, especially a road) with a particular surface
A small path surfaced with terracotta tiles
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Plain

Sheer; simple (used for emphasis)
The main problem is just plain exhaustion
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Surface

The outer or the topmost boundary of an object.
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Plain

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

A material layer constituting such a boundary.
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Plain

Used for emphasis
Perhaps the youth was just plain stupid
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Surface

The boundary of a three-dimensional figure.
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Plain

Clearly or unequivocally
I'm finished with you, I'll tell you plain
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Surface

The two-dimensional locus of points located in three-dimensional space.
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Plain

A large area of flat land with few trees
The coastal plain
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Surface

A portion of space having length and breadth but no thickness.
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Plain

Mourn or lament.
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Surface

The superficial or external aspect
"a flamboyant, powerful confidence man who lives entirely on the surface of experience" (Frank Conroy).
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Plain

Free from obstructions; open; clear
In plain view.
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Surface

An airfoil.
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Plain

Obvious to the perception or mind; evident
Make one's intention plain.
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Surface

Relating to, on, or at a surface
Surface algae in the water.
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Plain

Not elaborate or complicated; simple
Plain food.
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Surface

Relating to or occurring on or near the surface of the earth.
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Plain

Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration
Plain garb.
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Surface

Superficial.
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Plain

Straightforward; frank or candid
Plain talk.
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Surface

Apparent as opposed to real.
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Plain

Not pretentious; unaffected.
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Surface

To provide with a surface or apply a surface to
Surface a table with walnut.
Surface a road with asphalt.
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Plain

Lacking beauty or distinction
A plain face.
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Surface

To bring to the surface
Surface a submarine.
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Plain

Not mixed with other substances; pure
Plain water.
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Surface

To make known; expose or reveal
The first news report that surfaced the allegations.
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Plain

Common in rank or station; average; ordinary
A plain man.
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Surface

To rise to the surface.
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Plain

Not dyed, twilled, or patterned
A plain fabric.
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Surface

To emerge after concealment.
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Plain

Sheer; utter; unqualified
Plain stupidity.
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Surface

To work or dig a mine at or near the surface of the ground.
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Plain

(Archaic) Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level.
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Surface

The overside or up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid.
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Plain

Often plains An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.
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Surface

The outside hull of a tangible object.
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Plain

A broad level expanse, as a part of the sea floor or a lunar mare.
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Surface

(figurative) Outward or external appearance.
On the surface, the spy looked like a typical businessman.
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Plain

Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter.
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Surface

The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space. Category:en:Surfaces
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Plain

Clearly; simply
Plain stubborn.
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Surface

(transitive) To provide something with a surface.
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Plain

Flat, level.
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Surface

(transitive) To apply a surface to something.
The crew surfaced the road with bitumen.
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Plain

Simple, unaltered.
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Surface

(intransitive) To rise to the surface.
There was great relief when the missing diver finally surfaced.
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Plain

Ordinary; lacking adornment or ornamentation; unembellished.
He was dressed simply in plain black clothes.
A plain tune
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Surface

(transitive) To bring to the surface.
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Plain

Of just one colour; lacking a pattern.
A plain pink polycotton skirt
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Surface

To come out of hiding.
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Plain

Simple in habits or qualities; unsophisticated, not exceptional, ordinary.
They're just plain people like you or me.
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Surface

To become known or apparent; to appear or be found.
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Plain

(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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Surface

(transitive) To make (information or facts) known.
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Plain

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

(intransitive) To work a mine near the surface.
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Plain

Obvious.
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Surface

The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth; the surface of a diamond; the surface of the body.
The bright surface of this ethereous mold.
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Plain

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

Hence, outward or external appearance.
Vain and weak understandings, which penetrate no deeper than the surface.
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Plain

Downright; total, unmistakable (as intensifier).
His answer was just plain nonsense.
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Surface

A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface.
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Plain

Open.
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Surface

That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
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Plain

Honest and without deception; candid, open; blunt.
Let me be plain with you: I don't like her.
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Surface

To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain.
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Plain

Clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
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Surface

To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold.
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Plain

Not unusually beautiful; unattractive.
Throughout high school she worried that she had a rather plain face.
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Surface

To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries.
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Plain

(card games) Not a trump.
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Surface

To become known or public; - said of information.
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Plain

(obsolete) Full, complete in number or extent.
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Surface

To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he absconded with the payroll and surfaced in Argentina.
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Plain

(colloquial) Simply.
It was just plain stupid.
I plain forgot.
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Surface

The outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary;
There is a special cleaner for these surfaces
The cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface
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Plain

(archaic) Plainly; distinctly.
Tell me plain: do you love me or no?
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Surface

The extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object;
They skimmed over the surface of the water
A brush small enough to clean every dental surface
The sun has no distinct surface
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Plain

A lamentation.
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Surface

The outermost level of the land or sea;
Earthquakes originate far below the surface
Three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water
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Plain

An expanse of land with relatively low relief, usually exclusive of forests, deserts, and wastelands.
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Surface

A superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something;
It was not what it appeared to be on the surface
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Plain

(archaic) field in reference to a battlefield.
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Surface

Information that has become public;
All the reports were out in the open
The facts had been brought to the surface
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Plain

(obsolete) plane: a flat geometric field.
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Surface

A device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
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Plain

To complain.
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Surface

Come to the surface
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Plain

To lament, bewail.
To plain a loss
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Surface

Put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface;
Coat the cake with chocolate
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Plain

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

Appear or become visible; make a showing;
She turned up at the funeral
I hope the list key is going to surface again
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Plain

To make plain or manifest; to explain.
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Surface

On the surface;
Surface materials of the moon
Subsurface materials of the moon
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Plain

To lament; to bewail; to complain.
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.
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Surface

Involving a surface only;
Her beauty is only skin-deep
Superficial bruising
A surface wound
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Plain

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

To plane or level; to make plain or even on the surface.
We would rake Europe rather, plain the East.
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Plain

To make plain or manifest; to explain.
What's dumb in show, I'll plain in speech.
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Plain

Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.
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Plain

Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Our troops beat an army in plain fight.
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Plain

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

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

In a plain manner; plainly.
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Plain

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.
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Plain

A field of battle.
Lead forth my soldiers to the plain.
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Plain

Extensive tract of level open land;
They emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
He longed for the fields of his youth
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Plain

A basic knitting stitch
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Plain

Express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness;
My mother complains all day
She has a lot to kick about
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Plain

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
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Plain

Not elaborate or elaborated; simple;
Plain food
Stuck to the plain facts
A plain blue suit
A plain rectangular brick building
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Plain

Lacking patterns especially in color
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Plain

Not mixed with extraneous elements;
Plain water
Sheer wine
Not an unmixed blessing
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Plain

Free from any effort to soften to disguise;
The plain and unvarnished truth
The unvarnished candor of old people and children
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Plain

Lacking embellishment or ornamentation;
A plain hair style
Unembellished white walls
Functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
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Plain

Lacking stylistic embellishment;
A literal description
Wrote good but plain prose
A plain unadorned account of the coronation
A forthright unembellished style
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Plain

Comprehensible to the general public;
Written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language
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Plain

Lacking in physical beauty or proportion;
A homely child
Several of the buildings were downright homely
A plain girl with a freckled face
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Plain

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
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