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Webster 1913 Edition


Plan

Plan

,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
planus
flat, level. See
Plain
,
Adj.
]
1.
A draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of a machine, or the representation or delineation of a horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a graphic representation; a diagram.
2.
A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project;
as, the
plan
of a constitution; the
plan
of an expedition.
God’s
plans
like lines pure and white unfold.
M. R. Smith.
3.
A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
The simple
plan
,
That they should take who have the power,
And they should keep who can.
Wordsworth.
Body plan
,
Floor plan
,
etc. See under
Body
,
Floor
, etc.
Syn. – Scheme; draught; delineation; plot; sketch; project; design; contrivance; device. See
Scheme
.

Plan

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Planned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Planning
.]
1.
To form a delineation of; to draught; to represent, as by a diagram.
2.
To scheme; to devise; to contrive; to form in design;
as, to
plan
the conquest of a country
.
Even in penance,
planning
sins anew.
Goldsmith.

Webster 1828 Edition


Plan

PLAN

,n.
1.
A draught or form; properly, the representation of any thing drawn on a plane, as a map or chart, which is a representation of some portion of land or water. But the word is applied particularly to the model of a building, showing the form, extent and divisions in miniature,and it may be applied to the draught or representation of any projected work on paper or on a plain surface; as the plan of a town or city, or of a harbor or fort. The form of a machine in miniature, is called a model.
2.
A scheme devised; a project; the form of something to be done existing in the mind, with the several parts adjusted in idea, expressed in words or committed to writing; as the plan of a constitution of government; the plan of a treaty; the plan of an expedition.

PLAN

,
Verb.
T.
To form a draught or representation of any intended work.
1.
To scheme; to devise; to form in design; as, to plan the conquest of a country; to plan a reduction of taxes or of the national debt.

Definition 2022


Plan

Plan

See also: plan, PLAN, plán, plån, and pláň

German

Noun

Plan m (genitive Plans or Planes, plural Pläne)

  1. A project.
  2. A technical drawing or diagram.
  3. A detailed map.

Derived terms

Declension

plan

plan

See also: PLAN, Plan, plán, plån, and pláň

English

Noun

plan (plural plans)

  1. A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
    The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.
  2. A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
    He didn't really have a plan; he had a goal and a habit of control.
  3. A two-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
    Seen in plan, the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.
  4. A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
    • Wordsworth
      The simple plan, / That they should take who have the power, / And they should keep who can.

Usage notes

  • A plan ("set of intended actions") can be developed, executed, implemented, ignored, abandoned, scrapped, changed, etc.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Related terms

  • (2-dimensional drawing of a building) blueprint

Translations

Verb

plan (third-person singular simple present plans, present participle planning, simple past and past participle planned)

  1. (transitive) To design (a building, machine, etc.).
    The architect planned the building for the client.
  2. (transitive) To create a plan for.
    They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.
  3. (intransitive) To intend.
    • 2013 August 10, Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.
    He planned to go, but work intervened.
  4. See plan on.
    I was planning on going, but something came up.
  5. (intransitive) To make a plan.
    They planned for the worst, bringing lots of emergency supplies.

Usage notes

  • This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Derived terms

Translations

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: special · memory · proved · #937: plan · pain · official · loss

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plɑn/

Noun

plan n (plural plannen, diminutive plannetje n)

  1. A set of intended actions, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
  2. A technical drawing.
  3. A detailed map.

Derived terms

  • stadsplan
  • van plan zijn

Verb

plan

  1. first-person singular present indicative of plannen
  2. imperative of plannen

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plɑ̃/
  • Homophone: plans

Etymology 1

From earlier plant, derived from the verb planter.

Noun

plan m (plural plans)

  1. plan
  2. map (schematic maps of streets, subways, etc.)
  3. (film) shot

Etymology 2

Borrowing from Latin plānus. Cf. also the doublet plain.

Adjective

plan m (feminine singular plane, masculine plural plans, feminine plural planes)

  1. planar

Derived terms


Friulian

Etymology

From Latin plānus.

Adjective

plan

  1. flat, level, plane

Related terms

  • planc

See also

Noun

plan m (plural plans)

  1. plane
  2. plan

German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aːn

Adjective

plan (comparative planer, superlative am plansten)

  1. planar

Declension


Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin planum, via German Plan

Noun

plan m (definite singular planen, indefinite plural planer, definite plural planene)

  1. a plan
  2. a level or plane

Derived terms

References


Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plaːn/ (example of pronunciation)

Etymology 1

From German, from Latin.

Noun

plan n (definite singular planet, indefinite plural plan, definite plural plana)

  1. plane
  2. level

Derived terms

Etymology 2

Noun

plan m (definite singular planen, indefinite plural planar, definite plural planane)

  1. a plan
    Kva er planen din?
    What's your plan?

Etymology 3

From Latin.

Adjective

plan (masculine and feminine plan, neuter plant, definite singular and plural plane, comparative planare, indefinite superlative planast, definite superlative planaste)

  1. plane, flat

References


Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [plãn̪]

Noun

plan m inan

  1. plan
  2. set (scenery for a film or play)

Declension


Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plâːn/
  • Rhymes: -âːn

Noun

plȃn m (Cyrillic spelling пла̑н)

  1. plan

Declension


Spanish

Etymology

From plano.

Noun

plan m (plural planes)

  1. plan
  2. intention
  3. (colloquial) mood
    • Vamos en plan rómantico.
      • We’re going in a romantic mood.

Related terms


Swedish

Pronunciation

Adjective

plan (comparative planare, superlative planast)

  1. flat; horizontal (of a surface)

Declension

Inflection of plan
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular plan planare planast
Neuter singular plant planare planast
Plural plana planare planast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 plane planare planaste
All plana planare planaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

Noun

plan n

  1. (mathematics) a plane; flat surface.
  2. a plane; level of existence
    • astralplan
      • astral plane
  3. an aeroplane

Declension

Inflection of plan 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative plan planet plan planen
Genitive plans planets plans planens

See also

  • sluttande plan
  • lutande plan

Synonyms

Derived terms

Noun

plan c

  1. a drawing showing how to construct a building, machine, etc.
  2. a set of intended actions, through which one expects to achieve a goal.

Declension

Inflection of plan 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative plan planen planer planerna
Genitive plans planens planers planernas

Derived terms


Volapük

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [plan]

Noun

plan (plural plans)

  1. plant (botany)

Declension

Derived terms

See also