(Plaid), a. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scotch plaid; checkered or marked with
bars or stripes at right angles to one another; as, plaid muslin.
1. Of the material of which plaids are made; tartan. "In plaided vest." Wordsworth.
2. Wearing a plaid. Campbell.
(Plaid"ing) n. Plaid cloth.
(Plain) v. i. [OE. playne, pleyne, fr. F. plaindre. See Plaint.] To lament; to bewail; to complain.
[Archaic & Poetic] Milton.
We with piteous heart unto you pleyne.Chaucer.
(Plain), v. t. To lament; to mourn over; as, to plain a loss. [Archaic & Poetic] Sir J. Harrington.
(Plain), a. [Compar. Plainer ; superl. Plainest.] [F., level, flat, fr. L. planus, perhaps akin to E.
floor. Cf. Llano, Piano, Plan, Plane level, a level surface.]
1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane.
The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.Isa. xl. 4.
2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair.
Our troops beat an army in plain fight.Felton.
3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. "'T is a plain case." Shak.
4. (a) Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. (b)
Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. "Plain
yet pious Christians." Hammond. "The plain people." A. Lincoln. (c) Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank.
"An honest mind, and plain." Shak. (d) Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food. (e)
Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman. (f) Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain
muslin. (g) Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune.
Plain battle, open battle; pitched battle. [Obs.] Chaucer. Plain chant (Mus.) Same as Plain
song, below. Plain chart (Naut.), a chart laid down on Mercator's projection. Plain dealer.
(a) One who practices plain dealing. (b) A simpleton. [Obs.] Shak. Plain dealing. See under
Dealing. Plain molding (Join.), molding of which the surfaces are plain figures. Plain sewing,
sewing of seams by simple and common stitches, in distinct from fancy work, embroidery, etc.; distinguished
also from designing and fitting garments. Plain song. (a) The Gregorian chant, or canto fermo; the
prescribed melody of the Roman Catholic service, sung in unison, in tones of equal length, and rarely
extending beyond the compass of an octave. (b) A simple melody. Plain speaking, plainness or
bluntness of speech.
Syn. Level; flat; smooth; open; artless; unaffected; undisguised; frank; sincere; honest; candid; ingenuous; unembellished; downright; blunt; clear; simple; distinct; manifest; obvious; apparent.
(Plain), adv. In a plain manner; plainly. "To speak short and pleyn." Chaucer. "To tell you plain."
(Plain), n. [Cf. OF. plaigne, F. plaine. See Plain, a.]