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Etymology 1Edit

From Latin plānum (flat surface), a noun use of the neuter of plānus (plain). The word was introduced in the 17th century to distinguish the geometrical senses from the other senses of plain.

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plane (comparative planer, superlative planest)

  1. Of a surface: flat or level.
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plane (plural planes)

  1. A level or flat surface.
  2. (geometry) A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions (e.g. horizontal or vertical plane).
  3. A level of existence or development. (eg, astral plane)
  4. A roughly flat, thin, often moveable structure used to create lateral force by the flow of air or water over its surface, found on aircraft, submarines, etc.
  5. (computing, Unicode) Any of a number of designated ranges of sequential code points.
  6. (anatomy) An imaginary plane which divides the body into two portions.
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Etymology 2Edit

 
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From Middle English plane, plaine, from Anglo-Norman plaine, from Late Latin plāna (planing tool).

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plane (plural planes)

  1. (countable) A tool for smoothing wood by removing thin layers from the surface.
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plane (third-person singular simple present planes, present participle planing, simple past and past participle planed)

  1. (transitive) To smooth (wood) with a plane.
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Etymology 3Edit

Clipping of aeroplane.

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plane (plural planes)

  1. An airplane; an aeroplane.
    • 2013 September 6, Tom Cheshire, “Solar-powered travel”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 13, page 34:
      The plane is travelling impossibly slowly – 30km an hour – when it gently noses up and leaves the ground. With air beneath them, the rangy wings seem to gain strength; the fuselage that on the ground seemed flimsy becomes elegant, like a crane vaunting in flight. It seems not to fly, though, so much as float.
  2. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies, of various genera, having a slow gliding flight. Also called aeroplanes.
  3. (entomology) The butterfly Bindahara phocides, family Lycaenidae, of Asia and Australasia.
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plane (third-person singular simple present planes, present participle planing, simple past and past participle planed)

  1. (nautical) To move in a way that lifts the bow of a boat out of the water.
  2. To glide or soar.
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Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English plane, borrowed from Old French plane, from Latin platanus, from Ancient Greek πλάτανος (plátanos), from πλατύς (platús, wide, broad).

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plane (plural planes)

  1. (countable) A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus.
  2. (Northern UK) A sycamore.
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plane

  1. First-person singular present of planen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of planen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of planen.
  4. Imperative singular of planen.

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From plānus (intelligible, clear).

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plānē (not comparable)

  1. distinctly, intelligibly
  2. wholly, quite, thoroughly
  3. (in answering) certainly, absolutely, by all reason, beyond a doubt

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plane

  1. definite singular of plan
  2. plural of plan

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plane

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of planar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of planar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of planar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of planar

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plane

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of plan.