Navigation. a transparent table on a ship, used as a plotting sheet.
Military. a device based on a map or other scale representation of a region against which artillery fire is to be directed, for use in directing artillery fire against a fixed or moving target.
How does classic children’s novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, use words themselves as a plot device?
Every work of literature relies on the dictionary. Many writers would say that the goal of fiction is to use powerful words to tell a story without calling attention to the words themselves. A small number of books, however, actually make words, meaning, and language their plot or even transform the workings of language into characters. This practice is called meta-fiction, and today we pay …
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Origin of plotting board
First recorded in 1900–05
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