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plane
plane
plane1 [plān]
n.
[ME < MFr plasne < L platanus < Gr platanos < platys, broad (see PLATY-): from its broad leaves]
any of a genus (Platanus) of trees of the plane-tree family having maplelike leaves, spherical dry fruits, and bark that sheds in large patches; sycamore
plane2 [plān]
adj.
[L planus: see PLAIN1]
1. flat; level; even
2. Math.
a) lying on a surface that is a plane
b) of such surfaces
n.
[L planum]
1. a surface that wholly contains every straight line joining any two points lying in it
2. a flat, level, or even surface
3. a level of development, achievement, existence, etc.
4. short for AIRPLANE
5. any airfoil; esp., a wing of an airplane
SYN.- LEVEL
plane3 [plān]
n.
[OFr plaine < LL plana < planare, to plane, make level < L planus: see PLAIN1]
a carpenter's tool for shaving a wood surface in order to make it smooth, level, etc.
vt.
planed, planing
1. to make smooth or level with or as with a plane
2. to remove with or as with a plane: with off or away
vi.
1. to work with a plane
2. to do the work of a plane
plane4 [plān]
vi.
planed, planing [Fr planer < OFr plan, level surface (term used in falconry, in reference to position of bird's wings while soaring) < LL planare, to make level: see PLANE3]
1. to soar or glide
2. to rise partly out of the water while in motion at high speed, as a HYDROPLANE (sense 1) does
3. to travel by airplane

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