Plain dealing

Plain dealing
Plain 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}. [1913 Webster]

The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain. --Isa. xl. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair. [1913 Webster]

Our troops beat an army in plain fight. --Felton. [1913 Webster]

3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. ``'T is a plain case.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Level; flat; smooth; open; artless; unaffected; undisguised; frank; sincere; honest; candid; ingenuous; unembellished; downright; blunt; clear; simple; distinct; manifest; obvious; apparent. See {Manifest}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Plain-dealing — Plain deal ing, a. Practicing plain dealing; artless. See {Plain dealing}, under {Dealing}. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plain Dealing — Plain Dealing, LA U.S. town in Louisiana Population (2000): 1071 Housing Units (2000): 481 Land area (2000): 1.591456 sq. miles (4.121851 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.004631 sq. miles (0.011995 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.596087 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Plain dealing — Dealing Deal ing, n. The act of one who deals; distribution of anything, as of cards to the players; method of business; traffic; intercourse; transaction; as, to have dealings with a person. [1913 Webster] {Double dealing}, insincere,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plain dealing — n. straightforward dealing with others …   English World dictionary

  • plain-dealing — plainˈ dealing adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑plain …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain dealing — adjective Etymology: plain (VI) : straightforward a plain dealing honest man M.G.J. de Crèvecoeur …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plain Dealing — Original name in latin Plain Dealing Name in other language State code US Continent/City America/Chicago longitude 32.90514 latitude 93.69684 altitude 87 Population 1015 Date 2011 05 14 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • plain dealing — /pleɪn ˈdilɪŋ/ (say playn deeling) noun honesty; straightforwardness. –plain dealer, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • plain dealing — direct and honest conduct in one s relations and transactions with others. [1560 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • plain dealing — honest trading, fair trading …   English contemporary dictionary

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