Programming LAnguage for INteraction. Pascal-like, with extensions for database, string handling, exceptions and pattern matching. "Revised Report on the Programming Language PLAIN", A. Wasserman, SIGPLAN Notices 6(5):59-80 (May 1981).

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To lament; to bewail; to complain. "We with piteous heart unto you pleyne." (Chaucer)

Origin: OE. Playne, pleyne, fr. F. Plaindre. See Plaint.

1. Without elevations or depressions; flat; level; smooth; even. See Plane. "The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain." (Isa. Xl. 4)

2. Open; clear; unencumbered; equal; fair. "Our troops beat an army in plain fight." (Felton)

3. Not intricate or difficult; evident; manifest; obvious; clear; unmistakable. "'T is a plain case."

4. Void of extraneous beauty or ornament; without conspicious embellishment; not rich; simple. Not highly cultivated; unsophisticated; free from show or pretension; simple; natural; homely; common. "Plain yet pious Christians." . "The plain people." .

Free from affectation or disguise; candid; sincere; artless; honest; frank. "An honest mind, and plain."

Not luxurious; not highly seasoned; simple; as, plain food.

Without beauty; not handsome; homely; as, a plain woman.

Not variegated, dyed, or figured; as, plain muslin.

Not much varied by modulations; as, a plain tune. Plain battle, open battle; pitched battle. Plain chant, 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. 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. A simple melody. Plain speaking, plainness or bluntness of speech.

Synonyms: Level, flat, smooth, open, artless, unaffected, undisguised, frank, sincere, honest, candid, ingenuous, unembellished, downright, blunt, clear, simple, distinct, manifest, obvious, apparent. See Manifest.

Origin: F, level, flat, fr. L. Planus, perhaps akin to E. Floor. Cf. Llano, Piano, Plan, Plane level, a level surface.

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