Plane vs Homely - What's the difference?

plane | homely |

As an adverb plane

is (label) particularly, especially, certainly.

As a noun plane

is (label) the thing, the point, the interesting thing, the main interest in something, unusualness, speciality.

As an adjective homely is

(dated) lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) . The word was introduced in the seventeenth century to distinguish the geometrical senses from the other senses of plain.


  • Of a surface: flat or level.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A level or flat surface.
  • (geometry) A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions (e.g. horizontal or vertical plane).
  • A level of existence or development. (eg'', ''astral plane )
  • A roughly flat, thin, often moveable structure used to create lateral force by the flow of air or water over its surface, found on aircraft, submarines, etc.
  • (computing, Unicode) Any of a number of designated ranges of sequential code points.
  • (anatomy) An imaginary plane which divides the body into two portions.
  • Hyponyms
    * (mathematics) real plane, complex plane * (anatomy) coronal plane, frontal plane, sagittal plane, transverse plane
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl), from (etyl), from


    (en noun)
  • (countable) A tool for smoothing wood by removing thin layers from the surface.
  • See also
    * rhykenologist


  • To smooth (wood) with a plane.
  • Etymology 3

    Abbreviated from aeroplane .


    (en noun)
  • An airplane; an aeroplane.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-09-06, author=Tom Cheshire
  • , volume=189, issue=13, page=34, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Solar-powered travel , passage=The plane is travelling impossibly slowly – 30km an hour – when it gently noses up and leaves the ground. With air beneath them, the rangy wings seem to gain strength; the fuselage that on the ground seemed flimsy becomes elegant, like a crane vaunting in flight. It seems not to fly, though, so much as float.}}
    Derived terms
    * floatplane * planeside * planespotter/plane spotter/plane-spotter * plane spotting * seaplane


  • (nautical) To move in a way that lifts the bow of a boat out of the water.
  • To glide or soar.
  • Etymology 4

    From (etyl) plane, from (etyl) platanus, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (senseid)(countable) A deciduous tree of the genus Platanus .
  • (Northern UK) A sycamore.
  • Derived terms
    * (l)





    Alternative forms

    * (l) (Scotland)


  • (dated) Lacking in beauty or elegance, plain in appearance, physically unattractive.
  • There is none so homely but loves a looking-glass.
  • * 1958 , , Lolita , Chapter 15
  • You see, she'' sees herself as a starlet; ''I see her as a sturdy, healthy but decidedly homely kid.
  • (archaic) Characteristic of or belonging to home; domestic.
  • On intimate or friendly terms with (someone); familiar; at home (with a person); intimate.
  • * 1563 , , Chapter on William Thorpe
  • With all these men I was right homely , and communed with them long and oft.
  • Domestic; tame.
  • Personal; private.
  • Friendly; kind; gracious; cordial.
  • (archaic) Simple; plain; familiar; unelaborate; unadorned.
  • * 1731 , , Strephon and Chloe, Lines 211-212
  • Now Strephon daily entertains / His Chloe in the homeliest strains.
  • * 2001 , Sydney I. Landau, Dictionaries: The Art and Craft of Lexicography , Cambridge University Press (ISBN 0-521-78512-X), page 167,
  • There is no simple way to define precisely a complex arrangement of parts, however homely the object may appear to be.


    * comely