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Plane appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Nod, or ten alpacas may assess a yam sac a plane trod on.
  • Nurse, I tire: venal, priapic, in a panic, I pair plane verities… run!
  • To lay a wad, Ilsa got to hymenal panic in a plane… my hot toga slid away a lot.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun plane:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb plane:


Plane is sometimes a misspelling of plain or plan.

The word plane is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun plane

What does plane mean as a name of something?

Plane is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: planes

  1. an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
  2. (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
    • examples: 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
    • domain: math / mathematics / maths
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonym of plane: sheet
    • more generic words: form / shape = the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    • more specific terms:
      • Cartesian plane = a plane in which all points can be described in Cartesian coordinates
      • facet plane = the plane of a facet of an object
      • midplane / midline = the median plane of the body
      • orbital plane = the plane on which a body is orbiting
      • picture plane = the plane that is in the foreground of a drawing or painting
      • tangent plane = the plane that contains all the lines tangent to a specific point on a surface
  3. a level of existence or development
    • example: he lived on a worldly plane
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: degree / level / point / stage = a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
  4. a power tool for smoothing or shaping wood
  5. a carpenter's hand tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing or shaping wood

Alternative definition of the noun plane


  1. [geometry] A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions (e.g. horizontal or vertical plane).
  2. A level of existence. (eg, astral plane)
  3. 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.
  4. [computing, Unicode] Any of a number of designated ranges of sequential code points.
  5. [countable] A tool for smoothing wood by removing thin layers from the surface.
  6. An airplane; an aeroplane.
  7. [countable, botany] A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus.
  8. [context: Northern UK] A sycamore.

Specialised definition of the noun plane

Glossary of sports

a flat surface, especially that of the body seen from a specific angle (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the adjective plane

What does plane mean as an attribute of a noun?

Plane is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: planer |

  1. having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
    • example: a plane surface
    • synonyms of plane: flat / level
    • similar: even

Alternative definition of the adjective plane


  1. Of a surface: flat or level.

Definition of the verb plane

What does plane mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: planed | planing | planes

  1. cut or remove with or as if with a plane
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of plane: shave
    • more generic word: cut = separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. travel on the surface of water
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of plane: skim
    • more generic word: glide = move smoothly and effortlessly
    • more specific words:
      • aquaplane = ride on an aquaplane
      • aquaplane = rise up onto a thin film of water between the tires and road so that there is no more contact with the road
  3. make even or smooth, with or as with a carpenter's plane
    • example: plane the top of the door
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: smooth / smoothen = make smooth or smoother, as if by rubbing

Specialised definition of the verb plane

Glossary of sports / power boating

shorthand for hydroplane


plane is a Japanese pop-rock band.


  1. "Plane" is a musical single of Savinto.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Plane" is a musical album of +N.
    • released on (21 years ago)


"Plane" is a book by David West.


  1. Plane is a fictional character from the 1997 film We're No Bad Guys.
  2. Plane is a fictional character from the 1997 crime film Chinese Midnight Express.


Plane a.k.a. Pläne is a record label, defunct organization.


  1. The Plane is a river in Brandenburg, Germany, left tributary of the Havel. Its total length is 57 km. The Plane originates in the High Fläming Nature Park, near Rabenstein. It flows north through Planetal and Golzow. The Plane joins the Havel in the Breitlingsee lake west of Brandenburg an der Havel.
    • also known as 普拉訥河
  2. Plane a.k.a. Pláně is a village and municipality in Plzeň-North District in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic.
  3. Plane is a village in the Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the 1991 census, the village is located in the municipality of Han Pijesak.

There are other places with in their name, like Plane table, plane-table, Mahanoy Plane, Inclined plane, inclined-plane and Johnstown Inclined Plane.


  1. plane a.k.a. Airplane: An airplane or aeroplane is a powered, fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled.
  2. Plane: In mathematics, a plane is a flat, two-dimensional surface. A plane is the two-dimensional analogue of a point, a line and three-dimensional space. Planes can arise as subspaces of some higher-dimensional space, as with the walls of a room, or they may enjoy an independent existence in their own right, as in the setting of Euclidean geometry.
  3. Plane: In esoteric cosmology, a plane other than the physical plane is conceived as a subtle state of consciousness that transcends the known physical universe.
  4. Plane: In the Unicode standard, a plane is a continuous group of 65,536 code points. There are 17 planes, identified by the numbers 0 to 16, which corresponds with the possible values 00–10 of the first two positions in six position format. The planes above plane 0, that is, planes 1–16, are called “supplementary planes”. As of version 7.0, six of the planes have assigned code points, and four are named.
    • also known as Mapping of Unicode character planes, Unicode plane
  5. Plane: The planes of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game constitute the multiverse in which the game takes place.
  6. Plane a.k.a. Planē: In Greek mythology, Planē or Plane was an abstract goddess, the personification of the concept of error. Though her mythology is obscure, it is known that she was present at the musical competition between the god Apollo and the satyr Marsyas. She is depicted in that scene, looking on in horror at the sight of Marsyas about to be flayed for losing, in a few 4th century mosaics in the House of Aion in Nea Paphos.

Phrases with Plane

Phrases starting with the word Plane:

  1. plane seat
  2. plane tree
  3. plane angle
  4. Plane curve

Phrases ending with the word Plane:

  1. jet plane
  2. ski-plane
  3. Bush plane
  4. dado plane
  5. fore plane
  6. jack plane
  7. long plane
  8. Real Plane
  9. Axial Plane
  10. block plane
  11. Chase plane
  12. datum plane
  13. facet plane
  14. fault plane
  15. match plane
  16. Paper plane

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Plane

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Google previewPrinting for School and Shop (1917)

A Textbook for Printers' Apprentices, Continuation Classes, and for General Use in Schools by Frank Souder Henry

The word plane means to make level. That is why the form is planed — to make it level. To see some men planing a form you might think that planing meant to drive the form into the stone. It requires but a very light tap of the mallet on the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

Important cephalometric angles are the SNB, SNA, ANB, upper incisor to mandibular plane (UiMx), upper incisor to lower incisor (UiLi), and the lower incisor to mandibular plane (LiMd). Commonly used cephalometric points and reference ...

Google previewFuldstaendigt Dansk og Engelsk haand-lexicon (1824)

udarbeidet efter de bedste og nyeste ordbøger by Christian Friderich Bay

a Smoothing Plane. (Listhsvl) a Cornish-or BedmouldingPlane. (en Huulkeelhsvl) a Chamfering, hollowing or chanelling Plane. v3evisF, modest, chaste, moderate, sober, well-mannercd, discreet. v3evisF, adv.modestly, chastely, ...

Google previewThe Mathematics Dictionary (1992)

by R.C. James, Glenn James

A surface is a plane if, and only if, all its points are planar points. PLANE, adj., n. A surface such that a straight line joining any two of its points lies entirely in the surface.

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Quotes about Plane

I was in my office when - on 9/11. I think I had a number of meetings scheduled. I was just getting to know the bureau. And somebody walked in and said the first plane had - or a plane had struck the World Trade Center, one of the towers. (Robert Mueller)
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Scrabble value of P3L1A1N1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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