- 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 plotting
A common view in Russia is that the West was involved in plotting the revolution in Ukraine.Think Putin’s Bad? Wait for the Next Guy
November 14, 2014
U.S. intelligence agencies accuse the Khorasan veterans of plotting attacks against commercial airliners in the West.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
He is as conversant with HTML and Git as with metaphor and the twists and turns of plotting.Vikram Chandra Is A Novelist Who's Obsessed With Writing Computer Code
August 29, 2014
Now ISIS controls one third of a state in the Mideast, and is plotting attacks against America.Blame The Obama Doctrine For Iraq
June 29, 2014
Some people (or at least this guy) are plotting a move to Canada.Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website
June 9, 2014
James Harlowe is plotting to revive the resentments of her family against me.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
We can't bear the plotting and undermining that takes place.Barnaby Rudge
But the scheme has merit, and Galway and I are plotting to capture the movement from Griffiths.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
This was a terrible ending to his plotting that had never entered into his calculations.The Fat and the Thin
He told us one evening how he had been delivered from those who were plotting his destruction.Things as They Are
- 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 plotting
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.