plot

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Etymology[edit]

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 𐍀𐌻𐌰𐍄𐍃 (plats, a patch, rags). See also plat. See also complot for an influence on or source of the "secret plan" sense.

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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]
    Synonym: storyline
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope
      If the plot or intrigue must be natural, and such as springs from the subject, then the winding up of the plot must be a probable consequence of all that went before.
  2. An area or land used for building on or planting on. [from 1550s]
    Synonym: 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      I have overheard a plot of death.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Addison
      O, think what anxious moments pass between / The birth of plots and their last fatal periods!
  5. Contrivance; deep reach thought; ability to plot or intrigue.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Denham
      a man of much plot
  6. Participation in any stratagem or conspiracy.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jeremy Taylor
      no other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls

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plot (third-person singular simple present plots, present participle plotting, simple 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Carew
      This treatise plotteth down Cornwall as it now standeth.
  4. (intransitive) To conceive a crime, misdeed, etc.
    They were plotting against the king.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From plotë.

Adverb[edit]

plot

  1. full, fully

Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *plotъ

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plot m

  1. fence

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Further reading[edit]

  • plot in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • plot in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

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plot

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of plotten
  2. imperative of plotten

Luxembourgish[edit]

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plot

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ploen
  2. second-person plural present indicative of ploen
  3. second-person plural imperative of ploen

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

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From Proto-Slavic *plotъ

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plot m (Cyrillic spelling плот)

  1. fence

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plot m (plural plots)

  1. (story-telling) plot