• WordNet 3.6
    • v simplify make simpler or easier or reduce in complexity or extent "We had to simplify the instructions","this move will simplify our lives"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon took 14,000 French decrees and simplified them into a unified set of 7 laws. This was the first time in modern history that a nation's laws applied equally to all citizens. Napoleon's 7 laws are so impressive that by 1960 more than 70 governments had patterned their own laws after them or used them verbatim.
    • v. t Simplify To make simple; to make less complex; to make clear by giving the explanation for; to show an easier or shorter process for doing or making. "The collection of duties is drawn to a point, and so far simplified .""It is important, in scientific pursuits, to be caitious in simplifying our deductions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • simplify To make simple; reduce from complexity to simplicity; also, to make easy of use, execution, performance, or comprehension.
    • simplify To produce or effect simplicity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Simplify to make simple: to render less difficult: to make plain:—pa.t. and pa.p. sim′plified
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  • Gerald W. Grumet
    Gerald W. Grumet
    “While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.”
  • George Earle Buckle
    George Earle Buckle
    “To simplify complications is the first essential of success.”
  • Hans Hofmann
    Hans Hofmann
    “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. simplifier, LL. simplificare,. See Simple, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.


In literature:

Every tram sooner or later reaches the Dam: that is another simplifying piece of information.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
After a time the affair was simplified by the dogs.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Moonlight simplifies and softens the landscape.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
For the purpose of simplifying the consideration, let us take the experiment with amalgamated zinc.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
In most cases the system could be simplified.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 822" by Various
Simplify your dogmas; simplify your theologies.
"Painted Windows" by Harold Begbie
Nomination serves to prevent a great number of candidates, and thus simplifies the election.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
Anyhow it would simplify matters if Dad would let us know when he expected illustrious visitors.
"Kit of Greenacre Farm" by Izola Forrester
He had merely simplified his enemy's problem.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
The tangled mass of the war has suddenly become simplified, and there is clearness where there was confusion.
"Lessons of the War" by Spenser Wilkinson

In poetry:

On Monday morn at nine precisely
The six reformers (Nit not there)
Prepared to simplify though nicely,
And each was eager for his share.
"Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; III:" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

We need to simplify it for them so it's easier.
An international team of researchers announced this week that they have found a one million-year-old skull in Ethiopia that actually simplifies their thinking about how humans evolved.
Sebastian Gallegos of the Marines received pioneering surgery that is intended to simplify the use of prosthetic arms.
Ordering procedures have been simplified to reduce paperwork and speed purchases.
Since 2005 and through 16 public meetings, the Matlacha Civic Association has taken the lead in simplifying typical home building permitting in Matlacha.
WBEM simplifies the automation of many administrative tasks.
(AP) The New York City Council is scheduled to vote on a bill that would simplify the pricing system for pedicabs .
The New York City Council is scheduled to vote on a bill that would simplify the pricing system for pedicabs .
New system advances research by simplifying study execution, enhancing animal welfare and improving data accuracy.
New business creates a device to simplify VCR recording.
Yahoo launched a free marketing dashboard on Wednesday to boost its advertising appeal for small and midsized businesses by simplifying digital marketing for them.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can, Too.
This cheerful handbook offers the emotional and practical lessons Strobel learned while radically downsizing her living space, disposing of most of her possessions, and simplifying her lifestyle.
Small Business Administration simplifies loan process.
Description Bessey's AV2 flooring spacer simplifies installation of flooring.

In science:

Then the expressions for the data streams simplify considerably.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
Using the same property, one could also simplify the factor pneff (n, −ηj )neff (n, ηj ) = neff (n, ηj ) in the above equation.
Trans-Planckian Physics and the Spectrum of Fluctuations in a Bouncing Universe
To simplify notation, we denote V ≡ G0 and A ≡ G1 ⊆ V × V \ diag(V × V).
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Taking into account that almost always ξ ≫ v 1/3 , we can simplify the expression of Eq.
Correlation function of random heteropolymer solutions
In order to simplify the problem further, first note that the main contribution into the action comes from the region t′ ≈ s, due to the exponential Yukawa cutoff in G.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media