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plot

noun \ ˈplät \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of plot

1 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
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)

plotless

play \ˈplät-ləs\ adjective

plotlessness

noun

Examples of plot in a Sentence

  1. Her books are page-turners, and yet there is more going on in them than just the mechanics of a clever plot —Robin McKinleyNew York Times Book Review17 May 1987
  2. … 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 TarkingtonThe Magnificent Ambersons1918
  3. 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 DoyleA Study in Scarlet1887
  4. The plots are selling for $15,000 per acre.

  5. They just bought a 12-acre plot of land.

  6. The book's plot revolves around a woman who is searching for her missing sister.

  7. The movie has a weak plot.

  8. Police uncovered a plot to assassinate the prime minister.

  9. The prime minister was the target of an assassination plot.

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Origin and Etymology of plot

Middle English, from Old English

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


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plot

verb \ ˈplät \

Definition of plot

plotted; plotting
transitive verb
1 a : 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 1plot 1)
3 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
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

Examples of plot in a Sentence

  1. While men plotted wars or devised philosophies, women were confined within their homes … —Barbara EhrenreichMs.Winter 2007
  2. Would-be nation builders plotted Italy's unification from the south and the north. —David Van BiemaTime4 Sept. 2000
  3. They plotted to steal the painting.

  4. She spent her years in prison plotting her revenge.

  5. We've been plotting growth strategies for the company.

  6. She carefully plotted her career path.

  7. They've plotted the locations where the trees will be planted.

  8. Have you plotted the route for your trip yet?

  9. Students plotted soil temperatures on a graph throughout the school year.

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Origin and Etymology of plot

see 1plot



PLOT Defined for English Language Learners

plot

noun

Definition of plot for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of plot for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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plot

noun \ ˈplät \

Definition of plot for Students

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

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plot

verb

Definition of plot for Students

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

plotter

noun


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