Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art.
Of or pertaining to established principles in a discipline.
- Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject.
(music) Describing European music and musicians of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
(informal, music) Describing serious music (rather than pop, jazz, blues etc), especially when played using instruments of the orchestra.
Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, especially to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds.
- Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get; what you get is classical alpha-taxonomy which is, very largely and for sound reasons, in disrepute today.
Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style.
- He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college.
(physics) Pertaining to models of physical laws that do not take quantum or relativistic effects into account; Newtonian or Maxwellian.
- Classical , provincial, and national synods.
* Classical Greece
* Classical Greek
* classical history
* Classical Latin
* classical music
Uncomplicated; taken by itself, with nothing added.
*:“[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic?”
*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.
Without ornamentation; plain.
Free from duplicity; guileless, innocent, straightforward.
*:Full many fine men go upon my score, as simple as I stand here, and I trust them.
*(Lord Byron) (1788-1824)
*:Must thou trust Tradition's simple tongue?
*(Ralph Waldo Emerson) (1803-1882)
*:To be simple is to be great.
Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank.
*1485 , (Thomas Malory), (w, Le Morte d'Arthur) , Book X:
*:‘That was a symple cause,’ seyde Sir Trystram, ‘for to sle a good knyght for seyynge well by his maystir.’
#(lb) Consisting of one single substance; uncompounded.
#(lb) Of a group: having no normal subgroup.
#(lb) Not compound, but possibly lobed.
#(lb) Consisting of a single individual or zooid; not compound.
(lb) Mere; not other than; being only.
*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
*:A medicinewhose simple touch / Is powerful to araise King Pepin.
* (consisting of a single part or aspect) onefold
* (having few parts or features) plain
* See also
* (having few parts or features) complex, compound, complicated
* (uncomplicated) subtle
* fee simple
* future simple
* past simple
* plain and simple
* present simple
* pure and simple
* simple beam
* simple connectivity
* simple contract
* simple dislocation
* simple equation
* simple extension
* simple eye
* simple fraction
* simple fracture
* simple fruit
* simple function
* simple future
* simple group
* simple harmonic motion
* simple interest
* simple leaf
* simple linear regression
* simple machine
* simple mastectomy
* simple microscope
* simple past
* simple pendulum
* simple pistil
* simple pole
* simple present
* simple protein
* simple regression
* simple sentence
* Simple Simon
* simple sugar
* simple syrup
* simple time
* simple trust
(medicine) A preparation made from one plant, as opposed to something made from more than one plant.
*:I know there are some simples , which in operation are moistening and some drying.
*Sir W. Temple
*:What virtue is in this remedy lies in the naked simple itself as it comes over from the Indies.
(obsolete) A term for a physician, derived from the medicinal term above.
(logic) A simple or atomic proposition.
(obsolete) Something not mixed or compounded.
*:compounded of many simples
(weaving) A drawloom.
(weaving) Part of the apparatus for raising the heddles of a drawloom.
(Roman Catholic) A feast which is not a double or a semidouble.
(transitive, intransitive, archaic) To gather simples, ie, medicinal herbs.