lot

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See also: Lot and lọt

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English hlot (portion, choice, decision), from Proto-Germanic *hlutą. Cognate with Dutch lot, Old High German hluz.

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lot (plural lots)

Lot, noun definition 5
  1. A large quantity or number; a great deal.
    to spend a lot of money;  lots of people think so
    • W. Black
      He wrote to her [] he might be detained in London by a lot of business.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
  2. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.
    a lot of stationery
  3. One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
  4. (informal) A number of people taken collectively.
    a sorry lot; a bad lot
  5. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
    a building lot in a city
    • Kent
      The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York.
  6. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
    • Spenser
      But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay.
  7. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without human choice or will.
    to cast lots;  to draw lots
    • Bible, Proverbs xvi. 33
      The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
    • Shakespeare
      If we draw lots, he speeds.
  8. The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
    • Milton
      O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's / Enough to bear.
    • Alexander Pope
      He was but born to try / The lot of man — to suffer and to die.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book III, chapter ii
      [] as Jones alone was discovered, the poor lad bore not only the whole smart, but the whole blame; both which fell again to his lot on the following occasion.
  9. A prize in a lottery.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)
  10. Allotment; lottery.
    • 1990: Donald Kagan, Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy, chapter 2: “Politician”, page 40 (Guild Publishing; CN 2239)
      The Greeks expected their leaders to show physical courage, whether in the athletic arena or in battle, as well as piety, generosity, and nobility. Cimon had risen to power chiefly because of his military prowess, and any rival must be able to show at least honorable service and military competence. By this time, moreover, the generals were coming to be the most important political figures in Athens. Archons served only for one year and, since 487/6, they were chosen by lot. Generals, on the other hand, were chosen by direct election and could be reelected without limit.
  11. (definite, the lot) All members of a set; everything.
    The table was loaded with food, but by evening there was nothing but crumbs; we had eaten the lot.
    If I were in charge, I'd fire the lot of them.
  12. An old unit of weight used in many European countries from the Middle Ages, often defined as 1/30 or 1/32 of a (local) pound.

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lot (third-person singular simple present lots, present participle lotting, simple past and past participle lotted)

  1. (transitive, dated) To allot; to sort; to apportion.
  2. (US, informal, dated) To count or reckon (on or upon).

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *lā(i)ta, from Proto-Indo-European *lēi 'to pour'. Alternatively from Proto-Albanian *ḱlúoti, from Proto-Indo-European *k̂leu, *k̂lōu 'to rinse, clean'. Compare Ancient Greek κλύδων (kludōn, wash of the waves), Latin cluō (to purge), Gothic 𐌷𐌻𐌿𐍄𐍂𐍃 (hlutrs, bright, pure, clear), Lithuanian šlúota (broom).

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lot f

  1. tear (from the eye)
    Gjak, lot dhe djersëBlood, tears and sweat
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Dutch[edit]

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lot n (plural loten, diminutive lotje n)

  1. destiny, fate
  2. lottery ticket

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Frankish *lot, from Proto-Germanic *hlutą.

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lot m (plural lots)

  1. share (of inheritance)
  2. plot (of land)
  3. batch (of goods for sale)
  4. lot (at auction)
  5. prize (in lottery)
  6. lot, fate
  7. (slang) babe

Guernésiais[edit]

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From Frankish *lot, from Proto-Germanic *hlutą.

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lot m (plural lots)

  1. lot (at auction)

Kurdish[edit]

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lot ?

  1. jump

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Rafsi[edit]

lot

  1. rafsi of bloti.

Polish[edit]

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lot m

  1. flight

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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

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lot m, gen lota, pl lotan

  1. sore, wound
  2. sting

Tatar[edit]

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lot

  1. A unit of weight: 1 lot = 3 mısqal = 12.797 g (archaic) [1]

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West Frisian[edit]

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lot c (plural lotten)

  1. fate, destiny