extensive tract of level open land
they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain|he longed for the fields of his youth
Synonym: champaign, field
a basic knitting stitch made by putting the needle through the front of the stitch from the lefthand side
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
My mother complains all day|She has a lot to kick about
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
plain food|stuck to the plain facts|a plain blue suit|a plain rectangular brick building
lacking patterns especially in color
Synonym: unpatterned
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
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
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|a palpable lie
not mixed with extraneous elements
plain water|sheer wine|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
Synonym: unvarnished
lacking embellishment or ornamentation
a plain hair style|unembellished white walls|functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
lacking in physical beauty or proportion
a homely child|several of the buildings were downright homely|a plain girl with a freckled face
Synonym: homely
Antonym: patterned, fancy