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Definition of plane verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plane
    he / she / it planes
    past simple planed
    -ing form planing
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  1. 1[transitive] to make a piece of wood smoother or flatter with a plane(4) plane something Plane the surface down first. plane something + adj. Then plane the wood smooth.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a bird) to fly without moving the wings, especially high up in the air
  3. 3[intransitive] (of a boat, etc.) to move quickly across water, only just touching the surface The boat planed past in clouds of spray.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: plane