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Definition of Simple


  1. 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.
  2. Plain; unadorned; as, simple dress.
  3. Mere; not other than; being only.
  4. Not given to artifice, stratagem, or duplicity; undesigning; sincere; true.
  5. Artless in manner; unaffected; unconstrained; natural; inartificial;; straightforward.
  6. Direct; clear; intelligible; not abstruse or enigmatical; as, a simple statement; simple language.
  7. Weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; of but moderate understanding or attainments; hence, foolish; silly.
  8. Not luxurious; without much variety; plain; as, a simple diet; a simple way of living.
  9. Humble; lowly; undistinguished.
  10. Without subdivisions; entire; as, a simple stem; a simple leaf.
  11. 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.
  12. Homogenous.
  13. Consisting of a single individual or zooid; as, a simple ascidian; -- opposed to compound.
  14. Something not mixed or compounded.
  15. A medicinal plant; -- so called because each vegetable was supposed to possess its particular virtue, and therefore to constitute a simple remedy.
  16. A drawloom.
  17. A part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
  18. A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
  19. To gather simples, or medicinal plants.
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Simple Translations

simple in Danish is enkelt
simple in Dutch is eenvoudig, aalwarig, aalwaardig
simple in Finnish is yksinkertainen
simple in French is simple
simple in German is einfach
simple in Italian is semplice
simple in Latin is simplex, directus
simple in Portuguese is simples
simple in Spanish is simple, sencillo
simple in Swedish is naiv, enkel, simpel