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Meaning of “plane” in the English Dictionary

"plane" in British English

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planenoun [C]

uk   us   /pleɪn/
  • plane noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

A1 (UK also aeroplane, US also airplane) a ​vehicledesigned for ​airtravel, with ​wings and one or more ​engines: a ​fighter/​transport/​passenger plane We'll be boarding the plane in about 20 ​minutes. He ​hatestravelling by plane. a plane ​ticket

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  • plane noun [C] (SURFACE)

specialized mathematics in ​mathematics, a ​flat or ​levelsurface that ​continues in all ​directions: an ​inclined plane

planeverb [T]

uk   us   /pleɪn/
to ​removesmallstrips of ​wood from a ​surface with a ​specialtool: You'll have to plane some more off the ​bottom of the ​door - it's still ​sticking.

planeadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /pleɪn/ specialized
(Definition of plane from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plane" in American English

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planenoun [C]

 us   /pleɪn/
  • plane noun [C] (AIRCRAFT)

(also airplane) a ​vehicle that is ​designed for ​airtravel and that has ​wings and one or more ​engines: Shelley’s plane is ​due in at 10, but it’s a half-hour late.
  • plane noun [C] (SURFACE)

geometry a ​flatsurface that ​continues in all ​directions
  • plane noun [C] (LEVEL)

a ​level or ​standard: Once we got a new ​financialmanager, ​ourbusinessmeetings were ​conducted on a much ​higher plane.
  • plane noun [C] (TOOL)

a ​tool with a ​blade in a ​flatsurface that is ​rubbed against ​wood to ​cut away ​roughparts and make it ​smooth
(Definition of plane from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plane" in Business English

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planenoun [C]

uk   us   /pleɪn/
an ​aircraft with wings and one or more ​engines: a plane for/to/from sth I'll get the next plane to London.on/in a plane He's on a plane at the moment, on his way to Chicago.a plane leaves/takes off/lands The plane ​leaves in 45 ​minutes. miss/catch/get a plane If you don't hurry, you'll miss your plane. get on/​board a plane
(Definition of plane from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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