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English definition of “plane”

plane

noun [C] uk   /pleɪn/ us  

plane noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

A1 (UK also aeroplane, US also airplane) a vehicle designed for air travel, with wings and one or more engines: a fighter/transport/passenger plane We'll be boarding the plane in about 20 minutes. He hates travelling by plane. a plane ticket

plane noun [C] (SURFACE)

specialized mathematics in mathematics, a flat or level surface that continues in all directions: an inclined plane

plane noun [C] (LEVEL)

a particular level or standard: The poet's treatment of the subject lifts it to a mystical plane. His work is on a completely different plane from (= is much better than) other writers.

plane noun [C] (TOOL)

a tool used to make wooden surfaces and edges flat and smooth by removing small strips of the wood

plane noun [C] (TREE)

(also plane tree) a large tree with wide leaves and spreading branches that grows especially in towns

plane

verb [T] uk   /pleɪn/ us  
to remove small strips of wood from a surface with a special tool: You'll have to plane some more off the bottom of the door - it's still sticking.

plane

adjective [before noun] uk   /pleɪn/ specialized us  
flat: a plane edge/surface
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