Definition and Meanings for simple

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Simple is ranked 56,526 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of simple

adjective, comparative, superlative, noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of simple

f., fr. l. simplus, or simplex, gen. simplicis. the first part of the latin words is probably akin to e. same, and the sense, one, one and the same; cf. l. semel once, singuli one to each, single. cg. single, a., same, a., and for the last part of the word cf. double, complex f. see simple, a.pos

Meaning of simple


as adjective, comparative, superlative, adjective, adjective

  • single; not complex; not infolded or entangled; uncombined; not compounded; not blended with something else; not complicated; as, a simple substance; a simple idea; a simple sound; a simple machine; a simple problem; simple tasks.
  • plain; unadorned; as, simple dress.
  • mere; not other than; being only.
  • not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true.
  • artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward.
  • direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language.
  • weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly.
  • not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living.
  • humble; lowly; undistinguished.
  • without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf.

as adjective

  • not capable of being decomposed into anything more simple or ultimate by any means at present known; elementary; thus, atoms are regarded as simple bodies. cf. ultimate, a.
  • homogenous.
  • consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; -- opposed to compound.

as noun, adjective

  • something not mixed or compounded.
  • a medicinal plant; -- so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy.
  • a drawloom.;a part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
  • a feast which is not a double or a semidouble.

as intransitive verb

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