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PLAN (from Lat. planes, flat)

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 707 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PLAN (from Lat. planes, flat), a diagram on a flat surface; hence by analogy any deliberate scheme or design. In architecture, a " plan " is a horizontal geometrical section of the walls of a building, or indications, on a horizontal plane, of the relative positions of the walls and partitions, with the various openings, such as windows and doors, recesses and projections, chimneys and chimney-breasts, columns, pilasters, &c. This term is sometimes incorrectly used in the sense of design (q.v.).
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