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 plot (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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner bought a $30 million Indian Creek Village plot of land in Miami-Dade County earlier in December. orlandosentinel.com, "Reports: Trump would like an airport, perhaps in Florida, named after him," 28 Dec. 2020 Church was buried in the Church family plot in Mount Hope Cemetery on 115th Street. Carol Flynn, chicagotribune.com, "Trailblazing Beverly editor Ruth Ellen Church helped America start celebrating holidays with wine," 17 Dec. 2020 He was buried in a family plot in his hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona to commemorate 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with lowered flags, flyover," 8 Dec. 2020 On the other side of the country, the United Methodist Church recently returned a plot of land in Ohio to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Indigenous people across the US want their land back -- and the movement is gaining momentum," 25 Nov. 2020 Where one Bitcoin can be swapped for another Bitcoin, or an equivalent sum in Ether, or Bitcoin Cash, each plot of land in Decentraland is unique. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Non-Fungible Tokens 101: A Primer On NFTs For Brands & Business Professionals," 28 Feb. 2021 In 1978, the Peruvian government chose a plot of land in Chinchero for a new state-of-the-art airport. Colleen Connolly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Uphill Battle to Stop Peru From Building a New Airport Near Machu Picchu," 24 Feb. 2021 Ferlinghetti will be buried in the family plot in the Druid section of the Bolinas Cemetery, beside his late ex-wife, Selden Kirby-Smith. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and founder of City Lights, dead at 101," 23 Feb. 2021 Their gothic-themed ceremony became a major plot in Selling Sunset season three. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, ""Selling Sunset's" Christine Quinn Is Pregnant With Her First Child," 17 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, teams break off and plot their own course using low-tech tools including a compass, map, and a ruler. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Intense Off-road Car Competition Has One Major Rule: No Men Allowed," 28 Feb. 2021 Trump is also set to meet with his closest advisers to plot a political course forward this week, with a focus on the 2022 midterm. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Trump reportedly to use CPAC speech to assert control of GOP, make clear he is 'presumptive 2024 nominee'," 23 Feb. 2021 The next night, eight of the filmmaker’s friends and colleagues, all in their twenties and thirties, gathered in his modest film studio to plot new, nighttime tactics to match the savvy of their daytime protests. The New Yorker, "After Dark, Citizens and Myanmar’s Junta Face Off Across Shadowy Front Lines," 19 Feb. 2021 To plot a path for its consumer electronics business, Huawei is relying on its massive scale, engineering strength and the general hunger for a third player in the mobile ecosystem. Vlad Savov, Bloomberg.com, "How Useful Is Huawei’s New $1,445 Phone Without Google? Review," 8 Dec. 2020 Daybell and Vallow quickly became close and began to plot out a new reality — a community of fellow believers located in Rexsburg, Idaho. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Dateline’s Mommy Doomsday," 19 Feb. 2021 That’s left him with plenty of time to plot his trip, years in the making. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "New Orleans sailor Ryan Finn seeks world record on New York-San Francisco trip," 9 Jan. 2021 That has encouraged pro-Trump forces in a very pro-Trump state to plot against the governor, with an eye toward the midterm primary. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "GOP governors ready for Trump attacks in 2022," 18 Dec. 2020 This is a great day to plot out the steps necessary to make our dreams a reality. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for October 31, 2020," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for plot

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The first known use of plot was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

7 Mar 2021

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“Plot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plot. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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