[ adjective ] not complex or complicated or involved
"a simple problem" "simple mechanisms" "a simple design"
Used in print(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)
First I make preliminary watercolor sketches in quarter scale ( approximately * * f inches ) in which I pay particular attention to the design principles of three simple values - the lightest light , the middle tone , and the darkest dark - by reducing the forms of my subject to these large patterns .(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)
Recently many doctors have installed ultrasonic vibration machines for deep massage of bruises , contusions , and simple bursitis .
One simple method of measuring the expansion of the heart is to tie a thin rubber tube , filled with mercury , around the heart and record the change in resistance as the tube is stretched .
Outputs of the two systems are measured by a pulse_timing_circuit and a resistance bridge , followed by a simple analogue_computer which feeds a multichannel_recorder .(Bern Dibner, "Oerstad and the Discovery of Electro...)
Oldenburg 's contributions were soon exhausted and the boys had to turn_to a wider circle of the town 's learned , such_as the pastor , to supplement the simple teaching .
[ adjective ] easy and not involved or complicated
"an elementary problem in statistics" "elementary, my dear Watson" "a simple game" "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
Used in print(87th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record....)
A naval_blockade would be thoroughly in line with the Monroe_Doctrine , would be a relatively simple operation to carry_out , and would bring an abrupt end to Soviet penetration of our hemisphere `` .(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
In considering roleplaying for analysis we enter a more complex area , since we are now no_longer dealing with a simple over-all decision but rather with the examination and evaluation of many elements seen in dynamic functioning .(Harold Searles, "Schizophrenic Communication,"...)
The content of his words may lapse back into monotonous repetition , as if a phonograph_needle were stuck in one groove ; only seldom is it so simple as to be a matter of his obviously parroting some timeworn axiom , common to our culture , which he has evidently heard , over_and_over , from a parent until he experiences it as part of him .(A.L. Kroeber, "Semantic Contribution of Lexicostatistic...)
Thomas also presents a simple equation for deriving an index of persistence , which weights not_only the number of stems ( ' roots ' ) per meaning , but their relative_frequency .(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)
There was , of_course , no hope it really would be that simple .
[ adjective ] apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
"only the bare facts" "shocked by the mere idea" "the simple passage of time was enough" "the simple truth"
Used in print(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)
Thus the fictional detective is much more_than a simple businessman .(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
In considering roleplaying for analysis we enter a more complex area , since we are now no_longer dealing with a simple over-all decision but rather with the examination and evaluation of many elements seen in dynamic functioning .(Allan J. Braff and Roger F. Miller, "Wage-Price...)
The simple passage of an additional eleven months ' time makes the second 3 % boost more acceptable .(George Harmon Coxe, Error of Judgement....)
A_few passed along a tip for the simple reason that they liked him and wanted to give him a break .
[ adjective ] exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity
"childlike trust" "dewey-eyed innocence" "simple courtesy"
Used in print(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
When I question them as_to what they mean by concepts like liberty and democracy , I find that they fall_into two categories : the simpler ones who have simply accepted the shibboleths of their faith without analysis ; and the intelligent , cynical ones who scornfully reply that these things do n't count any_more in the world of to-day .
[ adjective ] lacking mental capacity and devoid of subtlety
Used in print(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)
One who invites such trials of character is either foolhardy , overconfident or too simple and childlike in faith in mankind to see the danger .
[ adjective ] free from pomp or affectation
"comfortable but modest cottages" "a simple rectangular brick building" "a simple man with simple tastes"
Used in print(Edward Jablonski, Harold Arlen Happy with the Blues....)
Thoroughly modern in treatment , they are at_the_same_time , full of simple sincerity which invariably characterizes genuine Negro folk-music and are by_no_means to be confused with the average ' Broadway Spirituals ' which depend for their racial flavor upon sundry allusions to the ' Amen_Corner ' , ' judgement_day ' , ' Gabriel 's horn ' , and a frustrated devil - with a_few random ' Hallelujahs ' thrown_in for_good_measure .
[ adjective ] not elaborate in style; unornamented
"a simple country schoolhouse" "her black dress--simple to austerity"
[ adjective ] cleverly simple; used of e.g. a solution to a problem
"his proposal is elegantly simple"
[ adjective ] (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions