[XEROX PARC] A “special effect” that occurs when certain kinds of memory smashes overwrite the control blocks or image memory of a bit-mapped display. The term “salt and pepper” may refer to a different pattern of similar origin. Though the term as coined at PARC refers to the result of an error, some of the X demos induce plaid-screen effects deliberately as a display hack.
[pleyn] /pleɪn/ adjective, plainer, plainest. 1. clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view. 2. clear to the mind; evident, manifest, or obvious: to make one’s meaning plain. 3. conveying the meaning clearly and simply; easily understood: plain talk. 4. downright; sheer; utter; self-evident: […]
- Plain as day
Also, plain as the nose on your face. Very obvious, quite clear, as in It’s plain as day that they must sell their house before they can buy another, or It’s plain as the nose on your face that she’s lying. These similes have largely replaced the earlier plain as a packstaff or pikestaff, from […]
noun, Machinery. 1. any of various bearings, not containing rolling elements, that present to the shaft or axle they support broad areas of corresponding form, usually segments of a cylinder.
[pleyn-chant, -chahnt] /ˈpleɪnˌtʃænt, -ˌtʃɑnt/ noun 1. (defs 1, 2). /ˈpleɪnˌtʃɑːnt/ noun 1. another name for plainsong