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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small piece of ground, generally used for a specific purpose: a garden plot.
  • n. A measured area of land; a lot.
  • n. A ground plan, as for a building; a diagram.
  • n. See graph1.
  • n. The pattern of events or main story in a narrative or drama.
  • n. A secret plan to accomplish a hostile or illegal purpose; a scheme.
  • transitive v. To represent graphically, as on a chart: plot a ship's course.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To locate (points or other figures) on a graph by means of coordinates.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To draw (a curve) connecting points on a graph.
  • transitive v. To conceive and arrange the action and incidents of: "I began plotting novels at about the time I learned to read” ( James Baldwin).
  • transitive v. To form a plot for; prearrange secretly or deviously: plot an assassination.
  • intransitive v. To be located by means of coordinates, as on a chart or with data.
  • intransitive v. To form or take part in a plot; scheme.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The general course of a story including significant events that determine its course or significant patterns of events.
  • n. An area or land used for building on or planting on.
  • n. A plan to commit a crime.
  • n. A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by a mechanical or electronic device.
  • v. To conceive (a crime, etc).
  • v. To trace out (a graph or diagram).
  • v. To mark (a point on a graph, chart, etc).
  • v. To conceive a crime, misdeed, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small extent of ground; a plat.
  • n. A plantation laid out.
  • n. A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc., drawn to a scale.
  • n. Any scheme, stratagem, secret design, or plan, of a complicated nature, adapted to the accomplishment of some purpose, usually a treacherous and mischievous one; a conspiracy; an intrigue.
  • n. A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any stratagem or conspiracy.
  • n. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or intrigue.
  • n. A plan; a purpose.
  • n. In fiction, the story of a play, novel, romance, or poem, comprising a complication of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means.
  • intransitive v. To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially against a government or those who administer it; to conspire.
  • intransitive v. To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.
  • transitive v. To make a plot, map, pr plan, of; to mark the position of on a plan; to delineate.
  • transitive v. To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a map or plan of; lay down on paper according to scale: as, to plot a farm or an estate; to plot a ship's course on a chart.
  • To determine or fix by measurements on a map or chart.
  • To plan; form plans for; devise; contrive; conspire to effect or bring about: now rarely used in a good sense.
  • Synonyms To concoct, brew, hatch, plan.
  • To form a plan or plot; scheme; especially, to conspire.
  • To scald; steep in very hot water.
  • To make (any liquid) scalding hot.
  • To divide into plots, as a building-site.
  • To press into cakes or balls, as soap.
  • n. A piece of ground; specifically, a small piece of ground of well-defined shape; a patch or spot of ground.
  • n. A patch, spot, or splotch of any kind, as in a garment.
  • n. In surveying, a plan or draft of a field, farm, estate, etc., surveyed and delineated on paper; a map or plan.
  • n. A fully formulated scheme or plan; a systematized purpose; design; aim.
  • n. A stratagem or secret plan; a secret project; an intrigue; a conspiracy.
  • n. The story of a play, poem, novel, or romance, comprising a complication of incidents which are at last unfolded by unexpected means; the intrigue.
  • n. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
  • v. make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
  • n. a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
  • v. make a plat of
  • n. a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
  • v. plan secretly, usually something illegal
  • v. devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
  • n. the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English plot, plotte, from Old English plot ("a plot of ground"), from Proto-Germanic *plataz, *platjaz (“a patch”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Middle Low German plet ("patch, strip of cloth, rags"), German Bletz ("rags, bits, strip of land"), Gothic  (plats, "a patch, rags"). See also plat. (Wiktionary)

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