Origin of story line
- a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose: a plot to overthrow the government.
- Also called storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story.
- a small piece or area of ground: a garden plot; burial plot.
- a measured piece or parcel of land: a house on a two-acre plot.
- a plan, map, diagram, or other graphic representation, as of land, a building, etc.
- a list, timetable, or scheme dealing with any of the various arrangements for the production of a play, motion picture, etc.: According to the property plot, there should be a lamp stage left.
- a chart showing the course of a craft, as a ship or airplane.
- Artillery. a point or points located on a map or chart: target plot.
- to plan secretly, especially something hostile or evil: to plot mutiny.
- to mark on a plan, map, or chart, as the course of a ship or aircraft.
- to draw a plan or map of, as a tract of land or a building.
- to divide (land) into plots.
- to determine and mark (points), as on plotting paper, by means of measurements or coordinates.
- to draw (a curve) by means of points so marked.
- to represent by means of such a curve.
- to devise or construct the plot of (a play, novel, etc.).
- to prepare a list, timetable, or scheme of (production arrangements), as for a play or motion picture: The stage manager hadn't plotted the set changes until one day before the dress rehearsal.
- to make (a calculation) by graph.
- to plan or scheme secretly; form a plot; conspire.
- to devise or develop a literary or dramatic plot.
- to be marked or located by means of measurements or coordinates, as on plotting paper.
Origin of plot
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Examples from the Web for storyline
Disney has a choice whether to produce a program with certain fictional characters; the storyline could be re-written or changed.Yep, Korra and Asami Went in the Spirit Portal and Probably Kissed
December 25, 2014
The storyline also gave Lady Grantham more agency, which appealed to McGovern.
I think the dog deserved to have a little bit of a storyline, so that had as much to do with it as anything.
And as previously mentioned, she joins forces with Iron Man and the pro-registration heroes during the Civil War storyline.Inside Marvel’s Phase 3: How ‘The Avengers’ Cross Paths with Black Panther and the New Superheroes
October 30, 2014
But Kelly continued with the storyline that Nolan is simply one of many Muslims living amongst us who at any time might kill you.Megyn Kelly’s Really Scary Muslim
October 5, 2014
- the plot of a book, film, play, etc
- a secret plan to achieve some purpose, esp one that is illegal or underhanda plot to overthrow the government
- the story or plan of a play, novel, etc
- military a graphic representation of an individual or tactical setting that pinpoints an artillery target
- mainly US a diagram or plan, esp a surveyor's map
- lose the plot informal to lose one's ability or judgment in a given situation
- to plan secretly (something illegal, revolutionary, etc); conspire
- (tr) to mark (a course, as of a ship or aircraft) on a map
- (tr) to make a plan or map of
- to locate and mark (one or more points) on a graph by means of coordinates
- to draw (a curve) through these points
- (tr) to construct the plot of (a literary work)
- a small piece of landa vegetable plot
- (tr) to arrange or divide (land) into plots
Word Origin and History for storyline
Old English plot "small piece of ground," of unknown origin. Sense of "ground plan," and thus "map, chart" is 1550s; that of "a secret, plan, scheme" is 1580s, probably by accidental similarity to complot, from Old French complot "combined plan," of unknown origin, perhaps a back-formation from compeloter "to roll into a ball," from pelote "ball." Meaning "set of events in a story" is from 1640s. Plot-line (n.) attested from 1957.
1580s, "to lay plans for" (usually with evil intent); 1590s in the literal sense of "to make a map or diagram," from plot (n.). Related: Plotted; plotter; plotting.
The organization of events in a work of fiction.