simple: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sim'pul), [key]
— adj., n. -pler, -plest,
- easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools.
- not elaborate or artificial; plain: a simple style.
- not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple gown.
- unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner.
- not complicated: a simple design.
- not complex or compound; single.
- occurring or considered alone; mere; bare: the simple truth; a simple fact.
- free of deceit or guile; sincere; unconditional: a frank, simple answer.
- common or ordinary: a simple soldier.
- not grand or sophisticated; unpretentious: a simple way of life.
- humble or lowly: simple folk.
- inconsequential or rudimentary.
- unlearned; ignorant.
- lacking mental acuteness or sense: a simple way of thinking.
- unsophisticated; naive; credulous.
- a simple substance.
- composed of only one substance or element:a simple substance.
- not mixed.
- not divided into parts: a simple leaf; a simple stem.
- not compound: a simple ascidian.
- uncompounded or without overtones; single: simple tone.
- having only the head without modifying elements included:Cf.(def. 5). The simple subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “pony.”
- (of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) (opposed to compound).
- linear (def. 7).
- (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
- an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
- something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
- cords for controlling the warp threads in forming the shed on draw-looms.
- a person of humble origins; commoner.
- an herb or other plant used for medicinal purposes: country simples.
- simple (Thesaurus)