canto fermo
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]


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  • Canto fermo — Canto Can to, n.; pl. {Cantos}. [It. canto, fr. L. cantus singing, song. See {Chant}.] 1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canto fermo — ит. [ка/нто фэ/рмо] кантус фирмус (главная, неизменная мелодия в контрапункте) …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • canto fermo — /kæntoʊ ˈfɜmoʊ/ (say kantoh fermoh) noun → cantus firmus …   Australian English dictionary

  • canto fermo — |kän(ˌ)tōˈfer(ˌ)mō noun Etymology: Italian, literally, firm song, translation of Medieval Latin cantus firmus : cantus firmus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Canto — Can to, n.; pl. {Cantos}. [It. canto, fr. L. cantus singing, song. See {Chant}.] 1. One of the chief divisions of a long poem; a book. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) The highest vocal part; the air or melody in choral music; anciently the tenor, now… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Canto — Canto, ital., Gesang. (Canto fermo (Cantus firmus), der ungezierte, einfache Gesang im Gegensatze zu C. figurato (Cantus figuratus), dem Gesang mit Verzierungen; in der Lehre vom Contrapunkte ist c. f die Stimme, welche die Hauptmelodie… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • canto fer|mo — «FUR moh», = cantus firmus. (Cf. ↑cantus firmus) ╂[< Italian canto fermo, translation of Medieval Latin cantus firmus; see etym. under cantus firmus (Cf. ↑cantus firmus)] …   Useful english dictionary

  • canto — 1càn·to s.m. FO 1a. emissione di suoni musicali per mezzo della voce umana: canto triste, gioioso 1b. componimento musicale per voce: canti alpini, intonare un canto Sinonimi: canzone. 1c. arte, tecnica del cantare: maestro di canto, studiare… …   Dizionario italiano

  • Canto — The canto is a principal form of division in a long poem, especially the epic. The word comes from the Latin cantus , meaning song, and has a corollary in the Sanskrit IAST|kāṇḍa , or chapter. Famous examples of epic poetry which employ the canto …   Wikipedia

  • Canto — (ital., Mus.), 1) Gesang; daher C. fermo, s. Cantus firmus; C. figurato, s. Figurelgesang; 2) die Stimme, welche bei einem Musikstücke die Melodie führt, gewöhnlich Sopran od. Tenor …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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