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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Simple  \Sim"ple\,  a.  [Compar.  {Simpler};  superl.  {Simplest}.] 
  [F.,  fr  L.  simplus  or  simplex,  gen.  simplicis  The  first 
  part  of  the  Latin  words  is  probably  akin  to  E.  same  and  the 
  sense  one  one  and  the  same  cf  L.  semel  once,  singuli  one 
  to  each  single.  Cg  {Single},  a.,  {Same},  a.,  and  for  the 
  last  part  of  the  word  cf  {Double},  {Complex}.] 
  1.  Single;  not  complex;  not  infolded  or  entangled; 
  uncombined;  not  compounded;  not  blended  with  something 
  else;  not  complicated;  as  a  simple  substance;  a  simple 
  idea;  a  simple  sound;  a  simple  machine;  a  simple  problem; 
  simple  tasks. 
  2.  Plain;  unadorned;  as  simple  dress.  ``Simple  truth.'' 
  --Spenser.  ``His  simple  story.''  --Burns. 
  3.  Mere;  not  other  than  being  only. 
  A  medicine  .  .  .  whose  simple  touch  Is  powerful  to 
  araise  King  Pepin.  --Shak. 
  4.  Not  given  to  artifice,  stratagem,  or  duplicity; 
  undesigning;  sincere;  true. 
  Full  many  fine  men  go  upon  my  score,  as  simple  as  I 
  stand  here  and  I  trust  them  --Marston. 
  Must  thou  trust  Tradition's  simple  tongue?  --Byron. 
  To  be  simple  is  to  be  great.  --Emerson. 
  5.  Artless  in  manner;  unaffected;  unconstrained;  natural; 
  inartificial;;  straightforward. 
  In  simple  manners  all  the  secret  lies.  --Young. 
  6.  Direct;  clear;  intelligible;  not  abstruse  or  enigmatical; 
  as  a  simple  statement;  simple  language. 
  7.  Weak  in  intellect;  not  wise  or  sagacious;  of  but  moderate 
  understanding  or  attainments;  hence  foolish;  silly.  ``You 
  have  simple  wits.''  --Shak. 
  The  simple  believeth  every  word  but  the  prudent  man 
  looketh  well  to  his  going.  --Prov.  xiv. 
  8.  Not  luxurious;  without  much  variety;  plain;  as  a  simple 
  diet;  a  simple  way  of  living. 
  Thy  simple  fare  and  all  thy  plain  delights. 
  9.  Humble;  lowly;  undistinguished. 
  A  simple  husbandman  in  garments  gray.  --Spenser. 
  Clergy  and  laity,  male  and  female,  gentle  and  simple 
  made  the  fuel  of  the  same  fire.  --Fuller. 
  10.  (BOt.)  Without  subdivisions;  entire;  as  a  simple  stem;  a 
  simple  leaf. 
  11.  (Chem.)  Not  capable  of  being  decomposed  into  anything 
  more  simple  or  ultimate  by  any  means  at  present  known 
  elementary;  thus  atoms  are  regarded  as  simple  bodies. 
  Cf  {Ultimate},  a. 
  Note:  A  simple  body  is  one  that  has  not  as  yet  been 
  decomposed.  There  are  indications  that  many  of  our 
  simple  elements  are  still  compound  bodies,  though  their 
  actual  decomposition  into  anything  simpler  may  never  be 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Simple  \Sim"ple\,  v.  i. 
  To  gather  simples,  or  medicinal  plants. 
  As  simpling  on  the  flowery  hills  she  [Circe]  strayed. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Simple  \Sim"ple\,  n.  [F.  See  {Simple},  a.] 
  1.  Something  not  mixed  or  compounded.  ``Compounded  of  many 
  simples.''  --Shak. 
  2.  (Med.)  A  medicinal  plant;  --  so  called  because  each 
  vegetable  was  supposed  to  possess  its  particular  virtue, 
  and  therefore  to  constitute  a  simple  remedy. 
  What  virtue  is  in  this  remedy  lies  in  the  naked 
  simple  itself  as  it  comes  over  from  the  Indies. 
  --Sir  W. 
  3.  (Weaving) 
  a  A  drawloom. 
  b  A  part  of  the  apparatus  for  raising  the  heddles  of  a 
  4.  (R.  C.  Ch.)  A  feast  which  is  not  a  double  or  a  semidouble. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pendulum  \Pen"du*lum\,  n.;  pl  {Pendulums}.  [NL.,  fr  L. 
  pendulus  hanging,  swinging.  See  {Pendulous}.] 
  A  body  so  suspended  from  a  fixed  point  as  to  swing  freely  to 
  and  fro  by  the  alternate  action  of  gravity  and  momentum.  It 
  is  used  to  regulate  the  movements  of  clockwork  and  other 
  Note:  The  time  of  oscillation  of  a  pendulum  is  independent  of 
  the  arc  of  vibration,  provided  this  arc  be  small 
  {Ballistic  pendulum}.  See  under  {Ballistic}. 
  {Compensation  pendulum},  a  clock  pendulum  in  which  the  effect 
  of  changes  of  temperature  of  the  length  of  the  rod  is  so 
  counteracted,  usually  by  the  opposite  expansion  of 
  differene  metals,  that  the  distance  of  the  center  of 
  oscillation  from  the  center  of  suspension  remains 
  invariable;  as  the  mercurial  compensation  pendulum,  in 
  which  the  expansion  of  the  rod  is  compensated  by  the 
  opposite  expansion  of  mercury  in  a  jar  constituting  the 
  bob;  the  gridiron  pendulum,  in  which  compensation  is 
  effected  by  the  opposite  expansion  of  sets  of  rodsof 
  different  metals. 
  {Compound  pendulum},  an  ordinary  pendulum;  --  so  called  as 
  being  made  up  of  different  parts  and  contrasted  with 
  simple  pendulum. 
  {Conical}  or  {Revolving},  {pendulum},  a  weight  connected  by  a 
  rod  with  a  fixed  point;  and  revolving  in  a  horizontal 
  cyrcle  about  the  vertical  from  that  point. 
  {Pendulum  bob},  the  weight  at  the  lower  end  of  a  pendulum. 
  {Pendulum  level},  a  plumb  level.  See  under  {Level}. 
  {Pendulum  wheel},  the  balance  of  a  watch. 
  {Simple}  or  {Theoretical},  {pendulum},  an  imaginary  pendulum 
  having  no  dimensions  except  length,  and  no  weight  except 
  at  the  center  of  oscillation;  in  other  words  a  material 
  point  suspended  by  an  ideal  line 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  not  complex  or  complicated  or  involved;  "a  simple  problem"; 
  "simple  mechanisms";  "a  simple  design"  [ant:  {complex}] 
  2:  not  involved  or  complicated;  "an  elementary  problem  in 
  statistics";  "elementary,  my  dear  Watson";  "a  simple 
  game";  "found  an  uncomplicated  solution  to  the  problem" 
  [syn:  {elementary},  {uncomplicated},  {unproblematic}] 
  3:  apart  from  anything  else;  without  additions  or 
  modifications;  "the  bare  facts";  "shocked  by  the  mere 
  idea";  "the  simple  passage  of  time  was  enough";  "the 
  simple  truth"  [syn:  {bare(a)},  {mere(a)},  {simple(a)}] 
  4:  exhibiting  childlike  simplicity  and  credulity;  "childlike 
  trust"  [syn:  {childlike},  {dewey-eyed}] 
  5:  free  from  pomp  or  affectation;  "comfortable  but  modest 
  cottages";  "a  plain  blue  suit";  "a  simple  rectangular 
  brick  building";  "a  simple  man  with  simple  tastes"  [syn:  {modest}, 
  6:  lacking  mental  capacity  and  devoid  of  subtlety  [syn:  {dim-witted}, 
  {half-witted},  {simple-minded}] 
  7:  to  be  expected;  standard;  "common  decency";  "simple 
  courtesy"  [syn:  {common}] 
  8:  (biology)  especially  of  leaf  shapes;  having  no  divisions  or 
  subdivisions  [syn:  {unsubdivided}]  [ant:  {compound}] 
  9:  not  derived;  primary  or  simple  [syn:  {underived}]  [ant:  {derived}] 
  10:  composed  of  only  one  thing  or  element  or  part  "a  simple 
  11:  not  elaborate  in  style;  unornamented;  "her  black 
  dress--simple  to  austerity" 
  12:  unpretentious;  "homely  truths";  "letters  to  his  son  full  of 
  homely  advice";  "simple  (or  homely)  fare"  [syn:  {homely}] 
  13:  cleverly  simple;  used  of  e.g.  a  solution  to  a  problem;  "his 
  proposal  is  elegantly  simple" 
  n  1:  (archaic)  any  herbaceous  plant  having  medicinal  properties 
  2:  a  person  lacking  intelligence  or  common  sense  [syn:  {simpleton}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  1.  Early  system  on  Datatron  200  series.  Listed  in  CACM 
  2(5):16  (May  1959). 
  2.  Simulation  of  Industrial  Management  Problems  with  Lots  of 
  Equations.  R.K.  Bennett,  1958.  Predecessor  to  DYNAMO,  for 
  IBM  704. 

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