plot
Pronunciation Noun

plot (plural plots)

  1. (authorship) The course of a story, comprising a series of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means. [from 1640s]
    Synonyms: storyline
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  2. An area or land used for building on or planting on. [from 1550s]
    Synonyms: parcel
  3. A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by a mechanical or electronic device.
  4. A secret plan to achieve an end, the end or means usually being illegal or otherwise questionable. [from 1580s]
    Synonyms: conspiracy, scheme
    The plot would have enabled them to get a majority on the board.
    The assassination of Lincoln was part of a larger plot.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene vi]:
      I have o'erheard a plot of death.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 1, scene 1]:
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  5. Contrivance; deep reach thought; ability to plot or intrigue.
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  6. Participation in any stratagem or conspiracy.
    • 1644, John Milton, The Doctrine or Discipline of Divorce:
      And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had any plot in the divorce.
  7. A plan; a purpose.
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plot (plots, present participle plotting; past and past participle plotted)

  1. (transitive) To conceive (a crime, etc).
    They had plotted a robbery.
  2. (transitive) To trace out (a graph or diagram).
    They plotted the number of edits per day.
  3. (transitive) To mark (a point on a graph, chart, etc).
    Every five minutes they plotted their position.
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  4. (intransitive) To conceive a crime, misdeed, etc.
    They were plotting against the king.
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