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Word: plane

Definition: carpenter's tool for smoothing and leveling wood; V. CF. flat


Sentences Containing 'plane'

These, however, were only the exceptions required to prove the rule that the sparrows in the plane tree behind the house, and the echoes in the corner before it, had their own way from Sunday morning unto Saturday night.
It was an oppressive day, and, after dinner, Lucie proposed that the wine should be carried out under the plane tree, and they should sit there in the air.
As everything turned upon her, and revolved about her, they went out under the plane tree, and she carried the wine down for the special benefit of Mr. Lorry.
She had installed herself, some time before, as Mr. Lorry's cup bearer; and while they sat under the plane tree, talking, she kept his glass replenished.
Mysterious backs and ends of houses peeped at them as they talked, and the plane tree whispered to them in its own way above their heads.
Mr. Darnay presented himself while they were sitting under the plane tree, but he was only One.
One Night Never did the sun go down with a brighter glory on the quiet corner in Soho, than one memorable evening when the Doctor and his daughter sat under the plane tree together.
She had reserved this last evening for her father, and they sat alone under the plane tree.
So, the sunrise came, and the shadows of the leaves of the plane tree moved upon his face, as softly as her lips had moved in praying for him.
In the meanwhile, the Doctor had removed to the seat in the window, and had sat there looking down at the plane tree; but, on Mr. Lorry's return, he slipped away to his bench.
Lo, Miss Pross, in harness of string, awakening the echoes, as an unruly charger, whip corrected, snorting and pawing the earth under the plane tree in the garden!
When a ray of light passes through a piece of plane glass, such as a window pane -LRB- Fig.
When a ray of light passes through plane glass, like a window pane, it is shifted somewhat, but its direction does not change; that is, the emergent ray is parallel to the incident ray.
The advantage of an inclined plane can be seen by the following experiment.
Prop the board so that the end A is 2 feet above the table level; that is, arrange the inclined plane in such a way that its length is twice as great as its height.
On an inclined plane whose length is ten times its height, the lifting force is reduced to one tenth the weight of the load.
If an inclined plane is pushed underneath or within an object, it serves as a wedge.
Another valuable and indispensable form of the inclined plane is the screw.
This consists of a metal rod around which passes a ridge, and Figure 108 shows clearly that a screw is simply a rod around which -LRB- in effect -RRB- an inclined plane has been wrapped.
We have seen in our study of the lever and the inclined plane that an increase in force is always accompanied by a decrease in distance, and in the case of the pulley we naturally look for a similar result.
II DRAWING By drawing is here meant#the expression of form upon a plane surface#.
In a picture the eyes can only focus at one distance -LRB- the distance the eye is from the plane of the picture when you are looking at it -RRB-, and this is one of the chief causes of the perennial difficulty in painting backgrounds.
In nature they are out of focus when one is looking at an object, but in a painting the background is necessarily on the same focal plane as the object.
Note particularly the sudden change of plane usually marked by a fold, where the under eyelid meets the surface coming from the cheek bone.
This gives you a plane of tone with firm edges the width of your brush, getting gradually darker or lighter as your brush empties, according to the length of the stroke and to whether you are painting into a lighter or darker ground.
TITIAN Photo Hanfstaengl -RRB- A feeling of straight up ness in a figure or of the horizontal plane in anything will produce the same effect as a vertical or horizontal line without any actual line being visible.
Nature is sufficiently vast for beautiful work to be done in separate departments of vision, although one can not place such work on the same plane with successful pictures of wider scope.
Before winter I built a chimney, and shingled the sides of my house, which were already impervious to rain, with imperfect and sappy shingles made of the first slice of the log, whose edges I was obliged to straighten with a plane.
He put down his plane, held his hands out before him, contemplated them sadly, and said`Look with these hands I have taken the lives of thirty human beings!'
``No, monsieur, I swear to you, by my hopes of salvation, I will tell you all, for the Abbe Busoni himself only knew a part of my secret; but, I pray you, go away from that plane tree.
Monte Cristo, left alone, took three or four steps onwards, and murmured,``Here, beneath this plane tree, must have been where the infant's grave was dug.
Debray was admitted to the house for this grand ceremony, but on the same plane with every one else, and without any particular privilege.
But yet in that land of his there is no Pompeian fig or Arician vegetable, no Tarentine rose, or pleasing coppice, or thick grove, or shady plane tree; all is for use rather than for pleasure, such as one ought rather to commend, but cares not to love.
As in the cells of the hive-bee, so here, the three plane surfaces in any one cell necessarily enter into the construction of three adjoining cells.
In one well-marked instance, I put the comb back into the hive, and allowed the bees to go on working for a short time, and again examined the cell, and I found that the rhombic plate had been completed, and had become PERFECTLY FLAT: it was absolutely impossible, from the extreme thinness of the little plate, that they could have effected this by gnawing away the convex side; and I suspect that the bees in such cases stand in the opposed cells and push and bend the ductile and warm wax (which as I have tried is easily done) into its proper intermediate plane, and thus flatten it.
We see how important a part excavation plays in the construction of the cells; but it would be a great error to suppose that the bees cannot build up a rough wall of wax in the proper position--that is, along the plane of intersection between two adjoining spheres.
Again, from the same cause, it would be advantageous to the Melipona, if she were to make her cells closer together, and more regular in every way than at present; for then, as we have seen, the spherical surfaces would wholly disappear and be replaced by plane surfaces; and the Melipona would make a comb as perfect as that of the hive-bee.
When the stone is put parallel to the plane of the horizon, the island stands still; for in that case the extremities of it, being at equal distance from the earth, act with equal force, the one in drawing downwards, the other in pushing upwards, and consequently no motion can ensue.
"But wait a bit, Skrimshander; I've got a carpenter's plane there in the bar--wait, I say, and I'll make ye snug enough."
So saying he procured the plane; and with his old silk handkerchief first dusting the bench, vigorously set to planing away at my bed, the while grinning like an ape.
The shavings flew right and left; till at last the plane-iron came bump against an indestructible knot.
You observe that in the ordinary swimming position of the Sperm Whale, the front of his head presents an almost wholly vertical plane to the water; you observe that the lower part of that front slopes considerably backwards, so as to furnish more of a retreat for the long socket which receives the boom-like lower jaw; you observe that the mouth is entirely under the head, much in the same way, indeed, as though your own mouth were entirely under your chin.
Regarding the Sperm Whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins,* whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
Unhinge the lower jaw, and the side view of this skull is as the side of a moderately inclined plane resting throughout on a level base.
But in life--as we have elsewhere seen--this inclined plane is angularly filled up, and almost squared by the enormous superincumbent mass of the junk and sperm.
this is the way a fellow feels when he's going to Davy Jones--all a rush down an endless inclined plane!

More Vocab Words

::: flippant - lacking proper seriousness; Ex. flippant remarks about death; N. flippancy
::: pedestrian - ordinary; dull; unimaginative(lacking in imagination); going on foot; Ex. pedestrian prose; N.
::: tenet - doctrine; dogma
::: vilify - slander; speak evil of; N. vilification
::: salutary - tending to improve; beneficial; wholesome; Ex. The punishment had a salutary effect on the boy; CF. health
::: incrustation - hard coating or crust; V. incrust: encrust; cover with a crust
::: dissolution - disintegration; reduction to a liquid form; looseness in morals; sensual indulgence; debauchery; ADJ. dissolute: lacking in moral restraint; leading an immoral life
::: sanction - approve; ratify; N: permission; penalty intended to enforce compliance
::: lachrymose - producing tears; tearful
::: petrify - turn to stone; cause to become stonelike; stun or paralyze