Hypertext Webster Gateway: "plan"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Plan \Plan\, n. [F., fr. L. planus flat, level. See {Plain}, a.]
1. A draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a
plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of
a machine, or the representation or delineation of a
horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a
graphic representation; a diagram.

2. A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure
expressed or described in language; a project; as, the
plan of a constitution; the plan of an expedition.

God's plans like lines pure and white unfold. --M.
R. Smith.

3. A method; a way of procedure; a custom.

The simple plan, That they should take who have the
power, And they should keep who can. --Wordsworth.

{Body plan}, {Floor plan}, etc. See under {Body}, {Floor},

Syn: Scheme; draught; delineation; plot; sketch; project;
design; contrivance; device. See {Scheme}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Plan \Plan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Planned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To form a delineation of; to draught; to represent, as by
a diagram.

2. To scheme; to devise; to contrive; to form in design; as,
to plan the conquest of a country.

Even in penance, planning sins anew. --Goldsmith.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be
accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they
discussed plans for a new bond issue" [syn: {program}, {programme}]
2: an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard
made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for
living"; "a plan for seating guests" [syn: {design}]
3: scale drawing of a structure; "the plans for City Hall were
on file" [syn: {architectural plan}]
v 1: have the will and intention to carry out some action; "He
plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels
had planned turmoil and confusion" [syn: {be after}]
2: make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his
3: make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to
murder their boss"; design a new sales strategy"; "plan an
attack" [syn: {project}, {contrive}, {design}]
4: make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic
form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of
the museum" [syn: {design}]

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