American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective: a plan of attack.
- n. A proposed or tentative project or course of action: had no plans for the evening.
- n. A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline: a seating plan; the plan of a story.
- n. A drawing or diagram made to scale showing the structure or arrangement of something.
- n. In perspective rendering, one of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision between the viewer and the object being depicted.
- n. A program or policy stipulating a service or benefit: a pension plan.
- v. To formulate a scheme or program for the accomplishment, enactment, or attainment of: plan a campaign.
- v. To have as a specific aim or purpose; intend: They plan to buy a house.
- v. To draw or make a graphic representation of.
- v. To make plans.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The representation of anything drawn on a plane, as a map or chart; specifically, the representation of a building or other structure in horizontal section, as it stands or is intended to stand on the ground, showing its extent, and the division and distribution of its area into apartments, rooms, passages, etc., or its method of construction and the relation of its parts. The raised plan of a building is the same as an elevation. A geometricul plan is one drawn to scale, or one in which the solid and vacant parts are represented in their natural proportions. A perspective plan is one the lines of which follow the rules of perspective, thus showing more distant parts smaller than they are in fact in relation to the nearer parts. The term plan may be applied to the draft or representation of any projected work on paper or on a plane surface: as, the plan of a town or city, or of a harbor or fort. See cuts under
- n. Disposition of parts according to a certain design.
- n. A formulated scheme for the accomplishment of some object or the attainment of an end; the various steps which have been thought out and decided upon for the carrying out of some project or operation.
- n. A method or process; a way; a custom.
- n. A type of structure: as, man is the highest development of the vertebrate plan; the plan of a mollusk or an insect.
- n. In Ireland, a system of procedure formed in 1886 and supported by the National League. The officers of the League, acting as trustees, receive the rent of tenants on rack-rented estates; this money, less a certain abatement demanded by the tenants, is offered to the landlord; if the latter refuses it, it is used for support in cases of eviction.
- n. Plan, Scheme, Project, Design, plot. Design may represent the end which a plan, scheme, or project is intended to promote. They all indicate thought given to the general aim and to the details. Scheme is the most likely to represent something speculative or visionary : as, he was full of schemes; project stands next to it in this respect, but project may also be the most definite or concrete : as, a project for building a bridge. Plan is the least definite; design and plan may be very indefinite, or have a concrete sense : as, a design or plan of going away; a design or plan of a house. Scheme is often used in a bad sense; design sometimes.
- To lay down on paper the different parts, divisions, dimensions, and methods of construction of (a machine, ship, building, etc.): as, to plan an edifice.
- To scheme; lay plans for; devise ways and means for: as, to plan the conquest of a country; to plan one's escape.
- Synonyms To figure, sketch out, delineate.
- n. A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
- n. A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
- n. A 2-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
- v. transitive To design (a building, machine, etc.)
- v. transitive To create a plan for.
- v. intransitive To intend.
- v. See plan on.
- v. intransitive To make a plan.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of a machine, or the representation or delineation of a horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a graphic representation; a diagram.
- n. A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project
- n. A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
- v. To form a delineation of; to draught; to represent, as by a diagram.
- v. To scheme; to devise; to contrive; to form in design.
- n. an arrangement scheme
- v. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
- n. scale drawing of a structure
- v. make or work out a plan for; devise.
- v. have the will and intention to carry out some action
- v. make plans for something
- n. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
- From French plan ("a ground-plot of a building"), from plan ("flat"), a later form of the vernacular plain, from Latin planus ("flat, plane"); see plain, plane. (Wiktionary)
- French, alteration (influenced by plan, flat surface) of plant, ground plan, map, from planter, to plant, from Latin plantāre, from planta, sole of the foot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But it will take a further step in advance when it reverts to that plan on the footing above indicated; when it adopts the _plan_ without the evils which in an ignorant and undeveloped age necessarily accompanied it.”
“_ "Not content with this, Dr. Worcester gives it once more under PLAN:" L. _planus_, flat; It. _piano_, a plan; Sp. _piano; _ Fr. _plan.”
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