- Planing (boat) or hydroplaning, a method by which a hull skims over the surface of the water
- Hydroplaning (tires), a loss of traction caused by a layer of water between the tires and the road surface
- Using a plane (tool) to smooth a flat surface of a piece of wood
- Operating a Planer (metalworking) to produce a flat surface
- Harmonic planing (music), chords that move in parallel motion, thereby eliminating any feeling of harmonic progression
- Scaling and root planing, the removal of dental plaque
- Planing (shaping), material removal process
A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with details of timing and resources, used to achieve an objective to do something. See also strategy. It is commonly understood as a temporal set of intended actions through which one expects to achieve a goal.
For spatial or planar topologic or topographic sets see map.
Plans can be formal or informal:
Structured and formal plans, used by multiple people, are more likely to occur in projects, diplomacy, careers, economic development, military campaigns, combat, sports, games, or in the conduct of other business. In most cases, the absence of a well-laid plan can have adverse effects: for example, a non-robust project plan can cost the organization time and money.
Informal or ad hoc plans are created by individuals in all of their pursuits.The most popular ways to describe plans are by their breadth, time frame, and specificity; however, these planning classifications are not independent of one another. For instance, there is a close relationship between the short- and long-term categories and the strategic and operational categories.
It is common for less formal plans to be created as abstract ideas, and remain in that form as they are maintained and put to use. More formal plans as used for business and military purposes, while initially created with and as an abstract thought, are likely to be written down, drawn up or otherwise stored in a form that is accessible to multiple people across time and space. This allows more reliable collaboration in the execution of the plan.
present participle of plane
The act by which something is planed.
A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
“The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.”
A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
“He didn’t really have a plan; he had a goal and a habit of control.”
A two-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
“Seen in plan, the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.”
A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
A subscription to a service; e.g., a phone plan, an Internet plan.
To design (a building, machine, etc.).
“The architect planned the building for the client.”
To create a plan for.
“They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.”
“He planned to go, but work intervened.”
See plan on.
“I was planning on going, but something came up.”
To make a plan.
“They planned for the worst, bringing lots of emergency supplies.”