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
noun, Chemistry. 1. monosaccharide. simple sugar n. See monosaccharide. simple sugar See monosaccharide.
noun 1. a thick, sweet liquid, usually prepared from sugar and water and used chiefly as a base for soda fountain flavors.
- Simple tense
noun 1. (grammar) a tense of verbs, in English and other languages, not involving the use of an auxiliary verb in addition to the main verb, as for example the past he drowned as opposed to the future he will drown
noun, Music. 1. rhythm characterized by two or three beats or pulses to a measure.