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.
In the mid-16th century, plot was used to refer to a map, ground plan, sketch, or written outline. At about the same time, it also came to mean “a secret, usually evil plan”; the verb meaning “to plan secretly, devise” comes from that sense of the noun. Plot in the sense “a storyline or main story of a play or novel” dates from the early 17th century.
- plotful, adjective
- plotless, adjective
- plot·less·ness, noun
- outplot, verb (used with object), out·plot·ted, out·plot·ting.
- o·ver·plot, verb, o·ver·plot·ted, o·ver·plot·ting.
- pre·plot, verb (used with object), pre·plot·ted, pre·plot·ting.
- re·plot, verb (used with object), re·plot·ted, re·plot·ting.
- un·plot·ted, adjective
- un·plot·ting, adjective
- well-plotted, adjective
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How to use plot in a sentence
The end of Supernatural, however, was arguably much bigger than the resolution of its plot.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom | Aja Romano | November 20, 2020 | Vox
You also meet a curious, humorous robot — a mini Guardian who arrives early and becomes essential to the plot.‘Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’: A semi-satisfying new piece of the ‘Zelda’ universe | Harold Goldberg | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Everybody is nipped, tucked and artificially bronzed — and a crucial you-see-it-coming-and-can’t-wait plot point involves POTUS’s malfunctioning tanning bed.
Stay for the emotional beauty of their intimacy, plus a mystery plot that does not slow down.
“Deacon King Kong,” by James McBrideIn a housing project in 1960s Brooklyn, an elderly man shoots a drug dealer and sets a zany, fast-paced plot in motion.
And he was indicted in Israel last week on charges he plotted to blow up sites holy to Islam.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist | Creede Newton | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The show is as precisely plotted as a soap opera and beautifully lit; entirely, fatally addictive.
Then Cruz rounded up some of the far-right members of the House GOP caucus and plotted a revolt.
For Lyndon Johnson, it was the stealth escalation in Vietnam he plotted even as he ran as a peace candidate in 1964.
CA Gubernatorial Hopeful: My Opponent Plotted to Bring Sharia to U.S.Fringe Factor: Democrats Boasting About Obamacare Are Just Like Nazis | Caitlin Dickson | May 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The deposed ruler plotted and planned all kinds of schemes whereby he might be restored to his old position of authority.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
When he left the Bastille, he plotted with his willing mistress his revenge upon her father.
They helped themselves to a modest slice of Llanyglo earth, plotted it out with stakes and string, and then began to dig.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
Then they grew so angry that they plotted to throw him overboard and take command of the vessels themselves.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
Certainly he plotted against him, sending his son Nerli to Lucca with orders to trap Castruccio and imprison him; which was done.Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa | Edward Hutton
British Dictionary definitions for plot (1 of 2)
a secret plan to achieve some purpose, esp one that is illegal or underhand: a 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)
British Dictionary definitions for plot (2 of 2)
a small piece of land: a vegetable plot
(tr) to arrange or divide (land) into plots
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Cultural definitions for plot
The organization of events in a work of fiction.
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