plot

noun
\ˈplät \

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 \
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 \ 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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When Tracy eventually begins training for both the Junior Iditarod and the adult race — her birthday allows her to compete in both — Bradbury skillfully interweaves aspects of dog training and racing into the larger plot. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage novelist tells a gothic tale set among dog mushers in Interior Alaska," 16 June 2018 That tower interior is gorgeous, and somehow super-Spanish-looking, though Farhadi seems to have struggled to work it into the plot. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cannes 2018 Opens with a Middling Movie But a Killer Jury," 9 May 2018 The result is enough light entertainment to evoke the pleasures of a vintage musical, while the genuine sentiment woven into plot comes across with a certain contemporary savvy and suavity. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Charm, humor, color keep 'American in Paris' twirling at the Hippodrome," 4 May 2018 On social media, Beth has been teasing fans, taking notes, and replying to suggestions for potential sequel plot lines. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "“The Kissing Booth” Sequel: Everything We Know About the Possible Movie," 12 July 2018 In addition to a detailed discussion about the finale, the cast also talked about some of the plot lines that will appear in the third season. Erin Ben-moche, latimes.com, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Finale event brings questions and answers," 10 July 2018 But that comic series' small-suit, big-screen debut was still glued to Avengers plot lines, which arguably dragged its momentum and fun. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ant-Man and the Wasp review: Even smaller scale, even bigger heart," 6 July 2018 The couple's love story is a lot like a plot line from Nashville. Rose Minutaglio, Country Living, "Maren Morris Explains How Post-Wedding Bliss Inspired Her New Album," 27 June 2018 That whole scene felt like an inverted 13 Reasons Why plot line. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier this year, his wife was acquitted of helping to plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Pulse nightclub massacre anniversary to be marked by die-in's across country," 12 June 2018 Earlier this year, his wife was acquitted of helping to plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward. Mike Schneider, BostonGlobe.com, "2nd anniversary of Pulse massacre marked by art, litigation," 10 June 2018 Earlier this year, his wife was acquitted of helping to plot the attack and lying to the FBI afterward. Mike Schneider, chicagotribune.com, "2nd anniversary of Pulse massacre marked by art, litigation," 10 June 2018 Of the three original options the first included the lowest housing density—housing in each option is plotted for the southern or Katie Kerr Drive portion of the property. Bill Banks, ajc, "Draft master plan for the old UMCH property gets June 27 unveiling," 26 June 2018 Neko Case has rarely voiced her ideas directly in gorgeously, meticulously plotted music, preferring allusion, metaphor, and the pure sound of language, but there’s no missing a sense of mission and drive on her new album Hell-On (Anti). Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "On Hell-On the feminist voice of Neko Case shines through loud and clear," 7 June 2018 And now, according to Spanish outlet AS, he's attracted the attention of Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who has quietly been plotting a move for the starlet. SI.com, "Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Turns Attention to €30m-Rated Argentina World Cup Forward," 4 July 2018 But not long after he was paroled, Mr. Grimm began plotting his comeback bid to unseat Mr. Donovan, the former Staten Island district attorney who had replaced him in Washington. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Dan Donovan, Aided by Trump, Holds Off Michael Grimm in G.O.P. Primary," 26 June 2018 But according to a June 18 MSNBC report, notes from a closed-door February 2017 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) meeting show that the administration has been plotting to separate migrant families from the early days of Trump’s presidency. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Fact-checking the Trump Administration on Migrant Family Separation," 20 June 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

Middle English, from Old English

Verb

see plot entry 1

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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 \

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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