Plane or Plain?
Plane or Plain?What is the difference between "plane" and "plain"?
- "Plane" usually means an airplane, a flat surface, or a tool for shaving wood. For example:
- "Plain" usually means simple or an expanse of lowland. For example:
More about "Plane" and "Plain"The words "plane" and "plain" have several meanings. Unfortunately, both have a meaning relating to flatness, and this is often the source of confusion.
PlainThe word "plain" has three main meanings:
(1) Simple (i.e., not elaborate).
- a plain girl
- a plain cake
- a plain colour
- It is plain to see.
- It seems quite plain to me.
(3) An expanse of level and low land.
- The Russian Plain.
- I joined the Chinese farmers as they attempted to drive the yaks across the plain in western China.
PlaneThe word "plane" has six main meanings:
(1) An airplane.
- What time is your plane?
(2) A flat surface (especially in mathematics).
- In a 3D space, a plane can be defined by specifying a point and a normal vector to the plane.
- I was hoping for a conversion on a higher plane.
(5) To shave wood into shape.
- Can you plane a few inches off the top of the door?
- The car hit the puddle and planed straight into the back of the lorry. (This is also known as "to aquaplane.")