- 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 plot
Another member of the plot took care of the ammo along with black uniforms, night-vision equipment, and body armor.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five
December 28, 2014
The plot was a string of anecdotes from the senseless shootings of friends that Brinsley knew.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
A 1907 contract leases the plot of land to the Belgika corporation for five years, but it stayed for much longer.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
They double down on the plot device of a lone visionary opposed by conventional hierarchies.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
This morning she was arrested by the thought that the plot she had planted was hers.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
You've got to have a plot, Mac, and if you've got to have a plot, you've got to have sin.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The death of the constable had made him miserable at heart, but the failure of the plot also.The Secret Agent
As for my party, we now began to plot, again, in order to get quit of the ship.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I knew the plot of the play, but not how it would be presented, nor how it would work out.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- 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 plot
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.