from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To devise (a plot).
- intransitive v. To engage in plotting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To devise, with others, a plot or secret plan; to conspire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To plan; to contrive; esp., to form a scheme with the purpose of doing harm; to contrive artfully; to plot.
- transitive v. To contrive, as a plot; to plot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To plan, contrive, or form, as a plot or scheme: as, to machinate mischief.
- To lay plots or schemes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
- v. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
Latin māchinārī, māchināt-, to design, contrive, from māchina, device; see machine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari ("to contrive, plan, devise, plot, scheme"), from machina ("a machine, contrivance, device, scheme"); see machine. (Wiktionary)