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  2  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]: 
  Simpler  \Sim"pler\,  n. 
  One  who  collects  simples,  or  medicinal  plants;  a  herbalist;  a 
  {Simpler's  joy}.  (Bot.)  Vervain. 

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