Plainness to Planisphere
(Plain"ness), n. The quality or state of being plain.
(Plains"man) n.; pl. - men One who lives in the plains.
(Plain"-spo`ken) a. Speaking with plain, unreserved sincerity; also, spoken sincerely; as,
plain-spoken words. Dryden.
(Plaint) n. [OE. plainte, pleynte, F. plainte, fr. L. plangere, planctum to beat, beat the breast,
lament. Cf. Complain, Plague, Plangent.]
1. Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint; hence, a mournful song; a lament. Chaucer."The
Psalmist's mournful plaint." Wordsworth.
2. An accusation or protest on account of an injury.
There are three just grounds of war with Spain: one of plaint, two upon defense.Bacon.
3. (Law) A private memorial tendered to a court, in which a person sets forth his cause of action; the
exhibiting of an action in writing. Blackstone.
(Plaint"ful) a. Containing a plaint; complaining; expressing sorrow with an audible voice. "My
plaintful tongue." Sir P. Sidney.
(Plain"tiff) n. [F. plaintif making complaint, plaintive; in Old French equiv. to plaignant complainant,
prosecutor, fr. plaindre. See Plaint, and cf. Plaintive.] (Law) One who commences a personal action
or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; opposed to defendant.
(Plain"tiff), a. See Plaintive. [Obs.] Prior.
(Plain"tive) a. [F. plaintif. See Plaintiff, n.]
1. Repining; complaining; lamenting. Dryden.
2. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad. "The most plaintive ditty." Landor.
Plain"tive*ly, adv. Plain"tive*ness, n.
(Plaint"less) a. Without complaint; unrepining. "Plaintless patience." Savage.
(Plai`sance") n. [F.] See Pleasance.
(Plaise) n. (Zoöl.) See Plaice. [Obs.]
(Plais"ter) n. [Obs.] See Plaster.
(Plait) n. [OE. playte, OF. pleit, L. plicatum, plicitum, p. p. of plicare to fold, akin to plectere to
plait. See Ply, and cf. Plat to weave, Pleat, Plight fold.]
1. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait.
The plaits and foldings of the drapery.Addison.
2. A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
Polish plait. (Med.) Same as Plica.
(Plait), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plaited; p. pr. & vb. n. Plaiting.]