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

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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 Similar to the Capitol riot, the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer looked like a combination of jokers livestreaming their distress about gym closures and military veterans prepared for real violence. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "Die Laughing at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 For the site, planners chose a sixty-four-acre property that had once belonged to José de Noé, the last mayor to run the city as a Mexican territory; the plot sloped down to a deep lagoon—la laguna honda, in Spanish. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "What the San Francisco Bay Area Can Teach Us About Fighting a Pandemic," 4 Jan. 2021 Why introduce these characters only to give them literally zero lines and no relevance to the plot? Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Series Finale Recap: Enter the Void," 1 Jan. 2021 The plot was thrilling and the suspense was unbearable. Jeff Leen, Washington Post, "What I learned about writing, fame and grace when I spent two weeks showing the master spy novelist around Miami," 30 Dec. 2020 Sheikh and three others were convicted for their role in the 2002 plot to kidnap Pearl in southern Pakistan. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "DOJ says it's ready to prosecute Pakistani man for 2002 death of Wall Street Journal reporter," 30 Dec. 2020 The Queen's Gambit represents another binge-able moment on our list, for the plot but also for the fashion. The T&c Fashion Editors, Town & Country, "The Biggest Fashion Moments from 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 Add a foreboding soundtrack, and this could be the opening scene of a sci-fi movie, the eerie discovery that sets the plot in motion. New York Times, "A New Theory About the Monolith: We’re the Aliens," 28 Dec. 2020 Workshop is partnering with Dolphin Heights, just east of Fair Park, to build a tiny house in the garden for a caretaker who will tend to the plot and lead education and volunteer opportunities. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Looking to 2021 with 4 North Texans whose common sense and grace inspired me in this wheels-off year," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Far-right extremist groups continue to plot online. New York Times, "Troops Flood a Rattled Washington Ahead of the Biden Inauguration," 11 Jan. 2021 Trump has refused to concede, and his advisers and some Republican allies continue to plot ways to challenge the results with the approach of a Jan. 6th joint session of Congress to certify the election. Billy House, Bloomberg.com, "More in GOP Concede Biden Win as Some Stand By Trump’s Defiance," 15 Dec. 2020 The agreement would be a major boost to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his efforts to plot a new course for Britain as a global trading nation outside the EU. Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg.com, "U.K., Canada on Brink of Trade Agreement, Replacing EU Deal," 18 Nov. 2020 This meant her counseling occurred when her test results were already in, and her medical team was able to hit the ground running straight out of the gate and plot her treatment strategy. Madeleine Burry, Good Housekeeping, "What It’s Like Working with a Genetic Counselor After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis," 3 Dec. 2020 Pizarro cleaned up the roster, pumped out market share-boosting releases during the pandemic and helped plot the 2021 launch of Def Jam Philippines. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Revealed: Billboard's 2020 Women In Music Executives," 3 Dec. 2020 Planting crews used a rope to plot the circle and triangulate the location for the eyes and mouth. oregonlive, "Who planted a giant smiley face of trees?," 1 Dec. 2020 Mills has used the committee's work to plot spending decisions. Christian Wade, Washington Examiner, "Maine governor's economic committee calls for federal help to support spending," 25 Nov. 2020 The rigor and clarity of her thinking may not be evident to those who need character and plot development through linear narrative. Freelance Writer, Washington Post, "‘The Freezer Door’ is an aching, playful memoir of vivid desire amid the desperation of midlife disconnection," 24 Nov. 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Plot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plot. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for plot

plot

noun
How to pronounce plot (audio)

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
How to pronounce plot (audio)

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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