noun \ˈplät\

: an area of land that has been measured and is considered as a unit

: a usually small piece of land that is used for a particular purpose

: a series of events that form the story in a novel, movie, etc.

Full Definition of PLOT

a :  a small area of planted ground <a vegetable plot>
b :  a small piece of land in a cemetery
c :  a measured piece of land :  lot
:  the plan or main story (as of a movie or literary work)
[perhaps back-formation from complot] :  a secret plan for accomplishing a usually evil or unlawful end :  intrigue
:  a graphic representation (as a chart)
plot·less \-ləs\ adjective
plot·less·ness noun

Examples of PLOT

  1. The plots are selling for $15,000 per acre.
  2. They just bought a 12-acre plot of land.
  3. The book's plot revolves around a woman who is searching for her missing sister.
  4. The movie has a weak plot.
  5. Police uncovered a plot to assassinate the prime minister.
  6. The prime minister was the target of an assassination plot.
  7. Her books are page-turners, and yet there is more going on in them than just the mechanics of a clever plot… —Robin McKinley New York Times Book Review, 17 May 1987

Origin of PLOT

Middle English, from Old English
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of PLOT

plot, intrigue, machination, conspiracy, cabal mean a plan secretly devised to accomplish an evil or treacherous end. plot implies careful foresight in planning a complex scheme <an assassination plot>. intrigue suggests secret underhanded maneuvering in an atmosphere of duplicity <backstairs intrigue>. machination implies a contriving of annoyances, injuries, or evils by indirect means <the machinations of a party boss>. conspiracy implies a secret agreement among several people usually involving treason or great treachery <a conspiracy to fix prices>. cabal typically applies to political intrigue involving persons of some eminence <a cabal among powerful senators>.
synonyms see in addition plan

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody


verb \ˈplät\

: to plan secretly to do something usually illegal or harmful

: to plan (something)

: to mark (something, such as a location or path) on a map, graph, chart, etc.


Full Definition of PLOT

transitive verb
a :  to make a plot, map, or plan of
b :  to mark or note on or as if on a map or chart
:  to lay out in plots(see 1plot)
a :  to locate (a point) by means of coordinates
b :  to locate (a curve) by plotted points
c :  to represent (an equation) by means of a curve so constructed
:  to plan or contrive especially secretly
:  to invent or devise the plot of (as a movie or a literary work)
intransitive verb
:  to form a plot :  scheme
:  to be located by means of coordinates <the data plot at a single point>

Examples of PLOT

  1. They plotted to steal the painting.
  2. She spent her years in prison plotting her revenge.
  3. We've been plotting growth strategies for the company.
  4. She carefully plotted her career path.
  5. They've plotted the locations where the trees will be planted.
  6. Have you plotted the route for your trip yet?
  7. Students plotted soil temperatures on a graph throughout the school year.
  8. While men plotted wars or devised philosophies, women were confined within their homes … —Barbara Ehrenreich, Ms., Winter 2007

Origin of PLOT

(see 1plot)
First Known Use: 1588


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