from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Mourning; lamenting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Poetic Complaint.
  • adjective Poetic Complaining.

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  • verb Present participle of plain.
  • noun A lamentation.


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  • Pretty much just plaining entertaining, not much else.

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  • And she kept plaining of what had befallen her and I of what had betided me; and love of her got so firm hold of my heart that all my wealth seemed a thing of naught in comparison with her.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • And before our homegrown, historical terrorist group could finish explaining this inexplicable phenomenon, that terrorist group abroad figured it had some 'plaining to do as well.

    Monroe Anderson: Obama's No Joke to Al Qaida and KKK

  • It is a first which they are going to have to do some 'plaining about.

    CNN Transcript Mar 2, 2006

  • Tom Rochford followed frowning, a plaining hand on his claret waistcoat. —


  • "You've got some ex - plaining to do yourself, like where do you think you're going?"

    Flint, the King

  • Yet his tongue did not cease from plaining and his heart from sorrow.

    The Epic of Kings

  • He put his need to the chief of the ladies, a formidable dame with silver-streaked hair, ex-plaining the effect he wanted, and why.


  • Then Rustem set up a wailing such as the earth hath not heard the like of, and he heaped reproaches upon himself, and he could not cease from plaining the son that was fallen by his hands.

    The Epic of Kings

  • Sighing, Ezri tried not to dwell on the irony of ex-plaining the concept of food replicators to someone who lived in a society that relied on them.

    Demons Of Air And Darkness


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