Definitions

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

  • n. The act of plotting.
  • n. A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes.
  • n. The act of machinating or plotting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of machinating.
  • n. That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous scheme; an artful design or plot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of machinating, or of contriving a scheme for executing some purpose, particularly a forbidden or an evil purpose; underhand plotting or contrivance.
  • n. That which is planned or contrived; a plot; an artful design formed with deliberation; especially, a hostile or treacherous scheme.

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

  • n. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

Etymologies

From Latin machinatio, from machinari ("to contrive"); see machinate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.