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plane1 British & World English

A flat surface on which a straight line joining any two points on it would wholly lie

plane2 British & World English

An aeroplane

plane3 British & World English

A tool consisting of a block with a projecting steel blade, used to smooth a wooden or other surface by paring shavings from it

plane4 British & World English

A tall spreading tree of the northern hemisphere, with maple-like leaves and bark which peels in uneven patches

plane1 English Thesaurus

a horizontal plane

plane2 English Thesaurus

the plane crashed close to the airport

ski-plane British & World English

An aeroplane having its undercarriage fitted with skis for landing on snow or ice

spy plane British & World English

A military aircraft engaged in secret surveillance activity

ski-plane New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

aeroplane with skis for landing on snow or ice

block plane British & World English

A carpenter’s plane with a blade set at an acute angle, used especially for planing across the end grain of wood

fault plane British & World English

The flat surface of rock along which a geological fault occurs

focal plane British & World English

The plane through the focus perpendicular to the axis of a mirror or lens

jack plane British & World English

A medium-sized plane for use in rough joinery

plane table British & World English

A surveying instrument used for direct plotting in the field, with a circular drawing board and pivoted alidade

complex plane British & World English

An infinite two-dimensional space representing the set of complex numbers, especially one in which Cartesian coordinates represent the real and imaginary parts of the complex numbers

coronal plane British & World English

An imaginary plane dividing the body into dorsal and ventral parts

London plane British & World English

A plane tree which is considered to be a hybrid between the American and the oriental planes. Its flaking bark renders it resistant to pollution and it is widely planted in towns

picture plane British & World English

(In perspective painting or drawing) the imaginary plane corresponding to the surface of a picture, perpendicular to the viewer’s line of sight

plane sailing British & World English

The practice of determining a ship’s position on the theory that it is moving on a plane

rabbet plane British & World English

A plane for making a rabbet in a piece of wood

trying plane British & World English

A long, heavy plane used in smoothing the edges of roughly planed wood

plane sailing New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

calculation of a ship's position by assuming a plane surface;

inclined plane British & World English

A plane inclined at an angle to the horizontal

smoothing plane British & World English

A small plane for finishing the surface of wood

plane polarization British & World English

A process restricting the vibrations of electromagnetic radiation, especially light, to one direction

biplane British & World English

An early type of aircraft with two pairs of wings, one above the other

triplane British & World English

An early type of aeroplane with three pairs of wings, one above the other

backplane British & World English

A board to which the main circuit boards of a computer may be connected, and which provides connections between them

floatplane British & World English

An aircraft equipped with floats for landing on water; a seaplane

plane British & World English

A tall spreading tree of the northern hemisphere, with maple-like leaves and bark which peels in uneven patches

plane tree in plane4 British & World English

A tall spreading tree of the northern hemisphere, with maple-like leaves and bark which peels in uneven patches

planeload British & World English

An amount of cargo or number of passengers that will fill an aircraft

spaceplane British & World English

An aircraft that takes off and lands conventionally but is capable of entry into orbit or travel through space


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