Body plan
Plan Plan, n. [F., fr. L. planus flat, level. See {Plain}, a.] 1. A draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of a machine, or the representation or delineation of a horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a graphic representation; a diagram. [1913 Webster]

2. A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project; as, the plan of a constitution; the plan of an expedition. [1913 Webster]

God's plans like lines pure and white unfold. --M. R. Smith. [1913 Webster]

3. A method; a way of procedure; a custom. [1913 Webster]

The simple plan, That they should take who have the power, And they should keep who can. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

{Body plan}, {Floor plan}, etc. See under {Body}, {Floor}, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Scheme; draught; delineation; plot; sketch; project; design; contrivance; device. See {Scheme}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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