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

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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 The plot of the book is not just her life, or even her intellectual life, but the drama of her ambivalent biographer reckoning with both. Leslie Jamison, The New Republic, "The Remaking of Susan Sontag," 12 Sep. 2019 The plot was simple, the running time was long and many of the San Francisco scenes — our hero and his girlfriend hang out on their rooftop without jackets — had a strong Los Angeles sensibility. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "The enduring appeal of ‘The Rock,’ beloved San Francisco film," 29 Aug. 2019 The plot is a little messy and undisciplined, throwing into the second act a few wait-where-did-that-come-from incidents that may have been lifted from the book, but are baffling in the play. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: 5 things to know about ‘Pray The Gay Away'," 24 Aug. 2019 Based on the lives of teenagers living a life of luxury in Beverly Hills, the plot wasn't too far off from her own life as a multi-millionaire's daughter. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "'BH90210' Star Tori Spelling Has Worked Extremely Hard to Secure Her Finances," 21 Aug. 2019 Though the plot of Downton Abbey is, of course, fictional, its producers have earned praise for creating drama that remains true to its eras (more on that below). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Downton Abbey's Producer Reflects on the Show's Sets—and Shares What to Expect from the Movie," 15 Aug. 2019 The plot isn’t about what happens so much as why, and each piece of information sheds new light on the characters. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Review: ‘After the Wedding’ serves as an acting showcase for its star-studded cast," 15 Aug. 2019 The plot is a secret, but apparently Waititi will shoot the film this fall before making the sequel to his massively wonderful Thor: Ragnarok, which has the massively wonderful title Thor: Love and Thunder. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Andy Serkis Will Direct Venom 2," 8 Aug. 2019 Executing the plot is rather simple once a family gets an attorney’s help. NBC News, "Wealthy parents giving up guardianship of their kids to qualify for financial aid, report says," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Trump campaign argues yes and has put it — along with Nevada, New Hampshire and Minnesota — on the short list of states that Trump lost in 2016 and is plotting to win in 2020. Washington Post, "Trump targets border state with rally amid defiant Democrats," 15 Sep. 2019 Other army types are reported to be plotting for the succession. The Economist, "Even in death, Robert Mugabe worries his successor," 14 Sep. 2019 Apple is reportedly spending hundreds of millions of dollars to secure video games for Arcade, and the money will free developers from plotting ways to squeeze extra nickels out of players. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Apple’s Arcade video game service seeks to upend another business model," 13 Sep. 2019 Meow Wolf’s original installation, the House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, N.M., has expanded and evolved since first opening, and now the company is plotting its takeover of cities such as Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. John Wenzel, The Know, "Urban Putt transforms Denver’s Old Spaghetti Factory into surreal mini-golf playground (with a bar)," 13 Sep. 2019 Three Oklahoma sisters – one of them a former U.S. Marine – plotted to lure a man to a small Alabama town and kill him in an ambush over a child visitation issue, according to federal court records. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "3 Oklahoma sisters crafted elaborate plan to ambush, kill couple in Alabama, feds say," 12 Sep. 2019 Sentsov was convicted of terrorism ostensibly for setting fires to the doors of the offices of the ruling Russian party, United Russia, in Crimea, and plotting to blow up a monument to Lenin. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Release of Oleg Sentsov and the Plight of Those Left Behind," 10 Sep. 2019 Across multiple screens in the mission control room, the small icon plotting the lander’s trajectory froze. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Is It So Damn Hard to Land on the Moon?," 10 Sep. 2019 Iran had been caught plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. by blowing up a popular Georgetown restaurant. CBS News, "Gen. Jim Mattis on war and Trump," 1 Sep. 2019

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

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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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