adjective, simpler, simplest.
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.
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:
inconsequential or rudimentary.
lacking mental acuteness or sense:
a simple way of thinking.
unsophisticated; naive; credulous.
composed of only one substance or element:
a simple substance.
Botany. not divided into parts:
a simple leaf; a simple stem.
Zoology. not compound:
a simple ascidian.
Music. uncompounded or without overtones; single:
Grammar. having only the head without modifying elements included: The simple subject of “The dappled pony gazed over the fence” is “pony.”.
Compare complete (def 5).
(of a verb tense) consisting of a main verb with no auxiliaries, as takes (simple present) or stood (simple past) (opposed to compound).
Mathematics. linear (def 7).
Optics. (of a lens) having two optical surfaces only.
an ignorant, foolish, or gullible person.
something simple, unmixed, or uncompounded.
simples, Textiles. 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:
not involved or complicated; easy to understand or do: a simple problem
plain; unadorned: a simple dress
consisting of one element or part only; not combined or complex: a simple mechanism
unaffected or unpretentious: although he became famous, he remained a simple and well-liked man
not guileful; sincere; frank: her simple explanation was readily accepted
of humble condition or rank: the peasant was of simple birth
weak in intelligence; feeble-minded
(prenominal) without additions or modifications; mere: the witness told the simple truth
(prenomina) ordinary or straightforward: a simple case of mumps
(chem) (of a substance or material) consisting of only one chemical compound rather than a mixture of compounds
(of a fraction) containing only integers
(of an equation) containing variables to the first power only; linear
(of a root of an equation) occurring only once; not multiple
not divided into parts: a simple leaf, a simple eye
formed from only one ovary: simple fruit
(music) relating to or denoting a time where the number of beats per bar may be two, three, or four
a simpleton; fool
a plant, esp a herbaceous plant, having medicinal properties
see: pure and simple
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adjective, simpler, simplest. 1. easy to understand, deal with, use, etc.: a simple matter; simple tools. 2. not elaborate or artificial; plain: a simple style. 3. not ornate or luxurious; unadorned: a simple gown. 4. unaffected; unassuming; modest: a simple manner. 5. not complicated: a simple design. 6. not complex or compound; single. 7. occurring […]