plane meaning

[ plein ] Pronunciation:   "plane" in a sentence
  • Noun: plane  pleyn
    1. An aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
      - airplane [N. Amer], aeroplane [Brit] 
    2. (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
      "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
      - sheet 
    3. A level of existence or development
      "he lived on a worldly plane" 
    4. A power tool for smoothing or shaping wood
      - planer, planing machine 
    5. A carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood
      "the cabinetmaker used a plane for the finish work"
      - carpenter's plane, woodworking plane 
    6. Any of several trees of the genus Platanus having thin pale bark that scales off in small plates and lobed leaves and ball-shaped heads of fruits
      - plane tree, sycamore, platan
    Verb: plane  pleyn
    1. Cut or remove with or as if with a plane
      - shave 
    2. Travel on the surface of water
      - skim 
    3. Make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane
      "plane the top of the door"
    Adjective: plane  pleyn
    1. Having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
      "a plane surface"
      - flat, level

    Sounds like: plain

    Derived forms: planes, planing, planed

    See also: even, planar, planation, planeness

    Type of: cut, degree, edge tool, form, glide, hand tool, heavier-than-air craft, level, point, power tool, shape, smooth, smoothen, stage, tree

    Part of: genus Platanus, Platanus

    Encyclopedia: Plane

  • [Architecture]

    A tool for smoothing wood surfaces; consists of a smooth soleplate, from the under-side of which projects slightly the cutting edge of an inclined blade; there is an aperture in front of the blade for the shavings to escape.


    A surface, any section through which by a like surface is a straight line.


    Of a column, the surface of a longitudinal section through the axis of the column.


    plane, 1

  • [Medicine]
    a : a surface that contains at least three points not all in a straight line and is such that a line drawn through any two points in it lies wholly in the surface
    b : an imaginary plane used to identify parts of the body or a part of the skull —see FRANKFORT HORIZONTAL PLANE, MIDSAGITTAL PLANE
    2 : a stage in surgical anesthesia ‹a light plane of anesthesia is maintained with cyclopropane —Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.


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  1. this is the catch in designing planes.
  2. he would destroy himself along with the plane.
  3. the europeans produced mainly war planes.
  4. the plane came to a screaming halt.
  5. the plane crashed out of our sight.

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