- affect with plague. [latin plaga stroke, infection]
n. (pl. Same) marine flat-fish used as food. [latin platessa]
n. - law accusation; charge.
- literary complaint, lamentation. [french plainte from latin plango lament]
n. Celestial body orbiting round a star. planetary adj. [greek, = wanderer]
n. - commemorative tablet, esp. Fixed to a building.
- deposit on teeth where bacteria proliferate. [dutch plak tablet: related to *placard]
n. (also plasm) 1 a colourless fluid part of blood, lymph, or milk, in which corpuscles or fat-globules are suspended. B this taken from blood for transfusions.
- = *protoplasm.
- gas of positive ions and free electrons in about equal numbers. plasmic adj. [greek plasso shape (v.)]
n. - plate in a printing-press which presses the paper against the type.
- cylindrical roller in a typewriter etc. Against which the paper is held. [french platine: related to *plate]
n. - participant in a game.
- person playing a musical instrument.
v. Entwine or interlace (esp. Branches to form a hedge). [latin: related to *plexus]
v. (-sing) 1 be agreeable to; make glad; give pleasure.
- (in passive) a (foll. By to + infin.) Be glad or willing to (am pleased to help). B (often foll. By about, at, with) derive pleasure or satisfaction (from).
- (with it as subject) be the inclination or wish of (it did not please him to attend).
- think fit (take as many as you please).
- used in polite requests (come in, please). if you please if you are willing, esp. Iron. To indicate unreasonableness (then, if you please, we had to pay). Please oneself do as one likes. pleased adj. Pleasing adj. [french plaisir from latin placeo]