plot

noun
\ ˈplät How to pronounce plot (audio) \

Definition of plot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3 : the plan or main story (as of a movie or literary work)
4 [ perhaps back-formation from complot ] : a secret plan for accomplishing a usually evil or unlawful end : intrigue
5 : a graphic representation (such as a chart)

plot

verb
\ ˈplät How to pronounce plot (audio) \
plotted; plotting

Definition of plot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a plot, map, or plan of
b : to mark or note on or as if on a map or chart
2 : to lay out in plots (see plot entry 1 sense 1)
3a : 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
4 : to plan or contrive especially secretly
5 : to invent or devise the plot of (something, such as a movie or a literary work)

intransitive verb

1 : to form a plot : scheme
2 : to be located by means of coordinates the data plot at a single point

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Other Words from plot

Noun

plotless \ ˈplät-​ləs How to pronounce plotless (audio) \ adjective
plotlessness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for plot

Noun

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

Examples of plot in a Sentence

Noun

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 … as he stood before the great dripping department store which now occupied the big plot of ground where once had stood both the Amberson Hotel and the Amberson Opera House. — Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1918 When I returned with the pistol the table had been cleared, and Holmes was engaged in his favourite occupation of scraping upon his violin. "The plot thickens," he said, as I entered … — Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, 1887 The plots are selling for $15,000 per acre. They just bought a 12-acre plot of land. The book's plot revolves around a woman who is searching for her missing sister. The movie has a weak plot. Police uncovered a plot to assassinate the prime minister. The prime minister was the target of an assassination plot.

Verb

While men plotted wars or devised philosophies, women were confined within their homes … — Barbara Ehrenreich, Ms., Winter 2007 Would-be nation builders plotted Italy's unification from the south and the north. — David Van Biema, Time, 4 Sept. 2000 They plotted to steal the painting. She spent her years in prison plotting her revenge. We've been plotting growth strategies for the company. She carefully plotted her career path. They've plotted the locations where the trees will be planted. Have you plotted the route for your trip yet? Students plotted soil temperatures on a graph throughout the school year.
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Agnes Denes, who planted two acres of wheat in an empty plot at what would become Battery Park City in 1982. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Shed 101: Everything You Need to Know About New York's Massive New Cultural Institution at Hudson Yards," 5 Apr. 2019 David Fincher, the series's co-creator, has confirmed that the Atlanta child murders will feature largely in the season's plot. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Mindhunter Season 2: Everything We Know So Far," 19 Mar. 2019 Full House actress Lori Loughlin was one of the 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery plot involving some of the country's most elite schools. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Read Lori Loughlin's Bizarre Wiretapped Phone Conversation With College Admissions Scammer," 13 Mar. 2019 Additionally, and somewhat unnecessarily, there is also a magical old man who appears in Chicago and Belgravia with two alternating accents who doesn’t appear to really help with anything, but is certainly invested in the romantic plot. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 Captain James Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, under mind-control by aliens in a totally ridiculous plot involving adherents to Plato, kiss for a few fleeting moments. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss," 22 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, the special counsel has spent months investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump campaign aides had a hand in the foreign interference plot. Fox News, "China, Russia take their turn at the UN," 28 Sep. 2018 The Belgian prosecutor's spokesman, however, said Wednesday the MEK is not suspected in the plot at this stage of the investigation. NBC News, "Was it an Iranian terror plot or a false flag operation?," 6 July 2018 One day a beautiful woman named Rebecca comes to work at the prison and entangles Eileen in a noirish plot that reveals how wholly original a character Eileen really is. New York Times, "A Woman Sleeps a Year Away in Ottessa Moshfegh’s Darkly Comic New Novel," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That is to say: This airy haven is quite a far cry from the dark loft where Bullock plotted the famous Met Gala heist alongside Cate Blanchett in Ocean's 8. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019 Snow was indeed able to identify the outbreak's source largely by plotting cases of cholera on a map. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Victoria (Mostly) Got It Right: The True Story of John Snow's Cholera Breakthrough," 4 Feb. 2019 Thorpe dominated the British tabloid headlines during the early 1970s, when he was charged with plotting to murder his lover (played here by Ben Whishaw) to protect his political career. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "18 New Shows to Watch This Summer," 29 May 2018 In 1996, soon after the previous emir took power, dozens of ex-military officers were charged with plotting a coup. The Economist, "For the Gulf states, diplomacy involves buying weapons they don’t need," 1 Mar. 2018 Duterte has also accused Trillanes, without offering evidence, of plotting with other opposition politicians, including the Liberal Party and leftist groups, to oust him. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippine president's fiercest critic arrested, posts bail," 25 Sep. 2018 Come and find out what these rascals are plotting... [?] Feb. 8 - Mar. 3[?] [?] Russell J. Young . . Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "6 arts picks: Chanticleer, long-lost 18th-century play, art exhibits," 1 Feb. 2018 To the Indonesian government, the 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with shadowy gunmen to foment revolt in isolated eastern jungles. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018 To the Indonesian government, the 39-year-old factory worker and globe-trotting Polish traveler is a danger to the state, a man who plotted with shadowy gunmen to foment revolt in isolated eastern jungles. Stephen Wright, The Seattle Times, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of plot

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for plot

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English

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plot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

plot

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plot (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

plot

noun
\ ˈplät How to pronounce plot (audio) \

Kids Definition of plot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a secret usually evil scheme
2 : the plan or main story of a play or novel
3 : a small area of ground a garden plot

plot

verb
plotted; plotting

Kids Definition of plot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to plan or scheme secretly usually to do something bad
2 : to make a plan of Have you plotted your route?

Other Words from plot

plotter noun

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