Definitions

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  • n. Plural form of simple.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of simple.
  • interj. That is easy to understand.

Etymologies

See simple. Interjection from advertisements for the price comparison service comparethemarket.com. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Her qualifications as white witch were boundless cunning, equally boundless good nature, considerable knowledge of human weaknesses, some mesmeric power, some skill in “yarbs,” as she called her simples, a firm faith in the virtue of her own incantations, and the faculty of holding her tongue.

    Westward Ho!

  • Her qualifications as white witch were boundless cunning, equally boundless good nature, considerable knowledge of human weaknesses, some mesmeric power, some skill in "yarbs," as she called her simples, a firm faith in the virtue of her own incantations, and the faculty of holding her tongue.

    Westward Ho!, or, the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the reign of her most glorious majesty Queen Elizabeth

  • The explanation for what happened in simples: while there are a few tests dealing with specific interfaces, most of them are concerned about the relationship between the parts of the application: about how data leaves this part of the application in that format and is reinterpreted in a different format suitable for another part, how a given AST is reorganized to suit the language generator in a differente part of the application, and so it goes.

    Reflective Surface - Archives: 2009 February

  • His belly was empty, though he had saved half his bread and cheese to eat when dawn came; the half-pint of oatmeal gruel flavored with the bitter herbs called simples he drank as soon as it had been issued to him, gone cold by then, but surely worse twelve hours later.

    Morgan’s Run

  • In ancient medical phraseology, herbs possessed of healing natures were called simples: in God's laboratory, all things that heal are simple -- all natural enjoyments -- all the deepest -- are simple too.

    Sermons Preached at Brighton Third Series

  • His claim to have cured gastralgia by appositions of powder of red rose, coral and mastic, wormwood and mint, aniseed and nutmeg, is certainly not to be borne out, but he also had other systems, and often he cured, because he possessed the science of simples, which is now lost.

    Là-bas

  • Herbal teas, some made from steeped leaves or flowers and some derived from boiling bark or roots, used to be called simples, notes the herbal expert.

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  • Because the book is so reader-friendly — its chapters are laid out according to type of ailment, arranged in a logical head-to-toe order (thus, headaches come before disorders of the eyes, followed by those of the nose and mouth, moving downward through the body), its recipes easy to follow and make, using "simples," or single-ingredient remedies, and native ingredients whenever possible — it was a great success.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • Seriously, I hope I don't get a case of the "simples" where I answer all questions with, "Uh, um, what, yeah, uh, I think, um, sure." - particularly as this weeks BBC 4 program is the examination of the words "um" and other things people say when nervous and how it affects speech understanding.

    Epilepsy news and I am 'officially' a Pain on the BBC.

  • Jacques, without the "sundry contemplation" of his travels, or any "simples" to "compound" his melancholy form, would have ever been wrapped in a "most humorous sadness."

    Friends in Council — First Series

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