- 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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Related Wordsdevise, sketch, operate, conspire, hatch, calculate, cabal, frame, contrive, design, collude, concoct, machinate, wangle, draft, cogitate, finagle, maneuver, lay, imagine
Examples from the Web for plotted
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
December 14, 2014
Then Cruz rounded up some of the far-right members of the House GOP caucus and plotted a revolt.On Border, a Huge Win for the Hard Right
August 4, 2014
For Lyndon Johnson, it was the stealth escalation in Vietnam he plotted even as he ran as a peace candidate in 1964.How Iraq Became Obama’s War
July 6, 2014
As Whitmire and Madden plotted in Texas, the idea was sprouting roots across the country.Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas
April 12, 2014
The September 11 attacks were plotted, not least, to prove they could still be effective.The Return of Terror: Lessons of the Nairobi Shopping-Mall Siege
September 22, 2013
Plotted up track and took observations for time and longitude.Explorations in Australia
This was the vengeance for which she had longed, for which she had plotted, the vengeance she had at last achieved.Within the Law
The three practical routes were plotted by means of red lines.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Somehow she got into communication with this fat rogue and together they plotted it out.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
If you plotted my disgrace by leading me into these confessions, you have found me easy prey.City of Endless Night
- 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 plotted
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.