• WordNet 3.6
    • n simpleness lack of ornamentation "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
    • n simpleness freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease","they put it into containers for ease of transportation","the very easiness of the deed held her back"
    • n simpleness the quality of being simple or uncompounded "the simplicity of a crystal"
    • n simpleness a lack of penetration or subtlety "they took advantage of her simplicity"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A smaller, more simple building than the House of Pansa A smaller, more simple building than the House of Pansa
Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.) Jamestown house types: simple frame, half-timber, brick, and row. (Conjectural sketches by Sidney E. King.)
Simple Simon song Simple Simon song
A woman works outside one of the simple buildings A woman works outside one of the simple buildings
Simple Motor Simple Motor
Simple Microscope Simple Microscope

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the Gold Rush in 1849, some people paid as much as $100 for a simple glass of water
    • n Simpleness The quality or state of being simple; simplicity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is an organization called SCROOGE in Charlottesville, Virginia that stands for Society to Curtail Ridiculous, Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift Exchanges. This was formed to keep gift giving affordable and simple
    • n simpleness The state or quality of being simple, in any sense of that word.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, hence the name, St. Petersburg. But it wasn't always that simple. In 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Russian leaders felt that Petersburg was too German-sounding. So they changed the name of the city to Petrograd -to make it more Russian-sounding. Then, in 1924, the country's Soviet Communist leaders wanted to honor the founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir I. Lenin. The city of Petrograd became Leningrad and was known as Leningrad until 1991 when the new Russian legislators -no longer Soviet Communists -wanted the city to reflect their change of government.
    • Simpleness the state or quality of being simple: artlessness: simplicity: folly
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  • O. Henry Porter
    O. Henry Porter
    “It was beautiful and simple as all truly great swindles are.”
  • Jr. Teague
    Jr. Teague
    “Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.”
  • Peggy Noonan
    “Part of courage is simple consistency.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “It is very hard to be simple enough to be good.”
  • Marcellinus Ammianus
    Marcellinus Ammianus
    “The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.”
  • Euripides
    “The language of truth is simple.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.


In literature:

The whole difficulty was removed by a very simple plan.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
An occasional question startled him, the answer was so obvious and simple.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
One may take a simple illustration from the everyday life of a large city.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
It was a simple act but Forrester watched it fervently.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
A man is simple when his chief care is the wish to be what he ought to be, that is, honestly and naturally human.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
This is a simple proposition, for Nature is always simple.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Life was simple and natural.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Then he seated himself at the simple desk where his official reports were made out.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
When was that "simple time of our fathers" when people were too sensible to care for fashions?
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Iron is a simple body, and you know, Caroline, that all simple bodies are naturally positive, and therefore must have an affinity for oxygen.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet

In poetry:

CLARIN. Simple
Is the answer: no one follows
The advice which he has given
To another.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The simple lack
Of her is more to me
Than others' presence,
Whether life splendid be
Or utter black.
"Unknown" by Edward Thomas
Just to hold the simple faith
Into which I grew,
When my God was not a wraith,
And all men were true!
"Weariness" by John Lawson Stoddard
I was not aware of this change,
So simple, so certain, so easy:
-In which mirror has my face been lost?
"Portrait " by Cecilia Meireles
These and a thousand other tales
The traveller told, and welcome found;
These were the simple tales went round
The happy circles in the vales.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
How sweet he sang! I could have stood
For hours, and heard that simple strain;
An early gladness throng'd my blood,
And brought my boyhood back again.
"The Cuckoo" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The trial of Barry Bonds has always been more than a simple case of pursuing a bad guy and proving that he lied.
The process is pretty simple.
TrueCoat slot applicators are simple to use.
Stinky Cigar, which was founded in 2004, continues to produce some of the most simple metal ashtrays on the market, and this one is no different.
Sticky Cigar, which was founded in 2004, continues to produce some of the most simple metal ashtrays on the market, and this one is no different.
Simple Question, Tough To Ask In Person.
With rumors going around that she was in a car accident recently, a simple post on Twitter and Facebook helped clear the air for her fans.
Her message was simple and to the point.
It sounds simple enough in concept.
Simple, the Alberto Culver-owned cosmetics brand, has moved its UK advertising account out of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R and into Audacity .
Simple moves UK ad account from RKCR/Y&R to Audacity .
Auntie Anne's celebrates the simple pretzel in a wide range of sweet, savory and surprising ways.
Simple Ways to Author Discs.
Viewing the eclipse can be simple.
It began as a simple renovation project.

In science:

Then G is not simple in general, but G (∞) , the last term in the derived series, is a simple ideal which is isomorphic to a simple graded Lie algebra of Cartan type.
Generators of simple Lie algebras in arbitrary characteristics
Extending semi-simple Lie algebras If one instead starts with a direct sum, say ga ⊕ gb of simple finite-dimensional Lie algebras rather than a single simple Lie algebra, the extension process described above is not uniquely defined any longer.
Extended Symmetries in Supergravity: the Semi-simple Case
One reason to study the simple inductive limits of dimension drop interval algebras is to construct unital simple C ∗ -algebras with the Elliott invariant which can not be realized by unital simple AH-algebras.
Inductive Limits of Subhomogeneous $C^*$-algebras with Hausdorff Spectrum
Results are shown for both simpl-2 and simpl-1, our alternative version of simpl that includes only up-scattering of photons; the spectra are shown for Γ = 2.5 and a range of values of fSC .
A Simple Comptonization Model
This is the primary distinction between simpl and powerlaw. simpl-2 and simpl-1 give similar spectra, but the spectrum from simpl-1 has a somewhat stronger power-law tail for the same value of fSC .
A Simple Comptonization Model