• WordNet 3.6
    • v lot administer or bestow, as in small portions "administer critical remarks to everyone present","dole out some money","shell out pocket money for the children","deal a blow to someone","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
    • v lot divide into lots, as of land, for example
    • n lot anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random "the luck of the draw","they drew lots for it"
    • n lot any collection in its entirety "she bought the whole caboodle"
    • n lot an unofficial association of people or groups "the smart set goes there","they were an angry lot"
    • n lot a parcel of land having fixed boundaries "he bought a lot on the lake"
    • n Lot (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction
    • n lot (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent "a batch of letters","a deal of trouble","a lot of money","he made a mint on the stock market","see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos","it must have cost plenty","a slew of journalists","a wad of money"
    • n lot your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) "whatever my fortune may be","deserved a better fate","has a happy lot","the luck of the Irish","a victim of circumstances","success that was her portion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten sits on a window ledge in the house, watching lots of other kittens outside A kitten sits on a window ledge in the house, watching lots of other kittens outside
A Lot of Us Boys Are Going to the Klondike 093 A Lot of Us Boys Are Going to the Klondike 093
Squirming Like a Lot of Angleworms 185 Squirming Like a Lot of Angleworms 185
I used to play quite a lot of cricket I used to play quite a lot of cricket
I've had a lot of diseases in my time I've had a lot of diseases in my time

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles
    • Lot A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field; as, a building lot in a city. "The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York."
    • Lot A large quantity or number; a great deal; as, to spend a lot of money; to waste a lot of time on line; lots of people think so. "He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London by a lot of business."
    • Lot A prize in a lottery.
    • Lot A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction; as, a lot of stationery; -- colloquially, sometimes of people; as, a sorry lot; a bad lot. "I, this winter, met with a very large lot of English heads, chiefly of the reign of James I."
    • Lot Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without man's choice or will; as, to cast or draw lots . "The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.""If we draw lots , he speeds."
    • Lot That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate. "But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay."
    • Lot The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning. "O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's Enough to bear.""He was but born to try
      The lot of man -- to suffer and to die."
    • v. t Lot To allot; to sort; to portion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Egyptian pyramid builders used to eat a lot of garlic because they thought it would increase their strength
    • n lot A means of determining something by chance; anything (as dice, pieces of paper of different lengths or differently marked, so placed that these differences cannot be perceived) used to decide a choice, advantage, dispute, etc. See to cast lots, to draw lots, below.
    • n lot That which is determined or assigned by lot; that which one gets by the drawing or casting of lots, or by some other fortuitous method; a chance allotment, share, or portion, as of land, money, service, etc.
    • n lot Share or portion in life allotted in any casual way; station or condition determined by the chances of life; fortune; destiny: as, the lot of the poor.
    • n lot Any distinct part or parcel; a portion or part separated from others of the same kind: as, a lot of goods; a lot of furniture. Specifically
    • n lot A portion or parcel of land; any piece of land divided off or set apart for a particular use or purpose: as, a building-lot; a pasture-lot; all that lot, piece, or parcel of ground (a formula in legal instruments). In the phrase “lot, piece, or parcel of land,” lot implies nothing as to the size of the tract, but when used alone it commonly denotes a small tract, such as a building-site. But it may include any legal subdivision of land. Thus, a quarter quarter-section (40 acres), being a legal subdivision and as such marked as a lot of ground, is held a “lot” within the meaning of a homestead exemption law exempting “the lot of ground and the buildings thereon, occupied as a residence and owned by the debtor.”
    • n lot Proportion or share of taxes.
    • n lot Tribute; toll.
    • n lot In mining, dues to the lord of the manor for ingress and egress.
    • n lot A large or considerable number or amount; a great deal: as, a lot of people: often used in the plural (and the plural even as an adverb, meaning ‘a great deal’): as, he has lots of money.
    • n lot plural A game formerly played with roundels on which short verses were written: used as a singular.
    • n lot The shoot of a tree.
    • n lot Synonyms Hap, destiny, fate, doom, allotment.
    • lot To allot; assign; distribute; award.
    • lot To cast lots.
    • n lot An individual person: usually with bad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An apple tree is at its prime when its about 50 years old. The United States produces about 100 million barrels of apples a year. That's a lot of old trees.
    • n Lot lot one's fate in the future: destiny: that which falls to any one as his fortune: that which decides by chance: a separate portion
    • v.t Lot to allot: to separate into lots: to catalogue:—pr.p. lot′ting; pa.p. lot′ted
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  • Yogi Berra
    “You can see a lot by observing.”
  • C. J. Weber
    C. J. Weber
    “Perfecting is our destiny, but perfection never our lot.”
  • Ian Anderson
    Ian Anderson
    “A lot of pop music is about stealing pocket money from children.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.”
  • Charles Browder
    Charles Browder
    “Few people are successful unless a lot of other people want them to be.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “It is the lot of man to suffer.”


A lot on my plate - If you have got a lot on your plate, you are very busy and have commitments.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hlot,; akin to hleótan, to cast lots, OS. hlōt, lot, D. lot, G. loos, OHG. lōz, Icel. hlutr, Sw. lott, Dan. lod, Goth. hlauts,. Cf. Allot Lotto Lottery


In literature:

I'm sorry for the average country parson, and a lot sorrier for his wife.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
There's a lot of these people, riffraff, that work these minin' towns.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
It's happened just that way lots and lots of times.
"The Camp Fire Girls in the Mountains" by Jane L. Stewart
He was singing to himself in happy unconcern about his being a jovial monk contented with his lot.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Oh, I lost a disgraceful lot of money.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
He has an awful lot to do in the Academy.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
We have a lot of work to do now, and let's forget the old pry.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
All bees want is a lot of empty space for storing honey.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
And we can forgive a lot, too, in those we like.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
They have lots of silver.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

His lot was but a peasant's lot,
His name a peasant's name,
Not his the place of death that turns
Into a place of fame.
"The Record" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Not for his pain my eyes are wet,
But for your lot so bitter.
What is to me his weak regret?
His silence had been fitter.
"At The Grave Of Jane Carlyle Haddington Abbey" by Oscar Fay Adams
No more, believers, mourn your lot,
But if you are the Lord's
Resign to them that know him not,
Such joys as earth affords.
"The Joy Of The Lord Is Your Strength" by John Newton
"I call on the souls who have left the light
To reveal their lot;
I bend mine ear to that wall of night,
And they answer not.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So weary was she of her lot,
Tired of the ship's monotony,
She straightway all the world forgot
Save the young swimmer in the sea
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
And oft with eager step she flies
To cheer the roofless cot,
Where the lone widow breathes her sighs,
And wails her desp'rate lot.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

The issues have gotten a lot of attention in the race for US Senate, if not a whole lot of detail.
Rachel Gray and Derek Brooks were living in their truck and staying overnight in Long Beach First Lutheran Church s parking lot, but today they have a lot to be thankful for.
Is there a lot of RF coordination required I mean, is there a lot of RF stuff going on in that area.
Brick house on 1 lot, 2nd buildable lot is attched.
A second monument will also be dedicated in an area designated as a future veterans lot, as the original lot is nearing capacity.
Shelby Cooper was a special girl who brought a lot of joy to a lot of people, including the school - 7:00 am.
Donated goods distributed amid 'lots of tears, lots of joy'.
There must have been a lot of sharks millions of years ago with a lot of teeth.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday were filled with a lot of HDTV sales—and yes, a lot of those HDTVs were also 3D TVs.
Myles Viklund of Rancho Realty Services says large lot sizes will make for lots of interest in the Homes by StreetSide development.
The Logan Circle space features lots of atmosphere, lots of noise, fewer reasons to linger.
"We have a lot of experience and a lot of depth and that is a good thing," said Sebring of his veteran roster.
"We have a lot of love for this city and a lot of passion for the development.".
There are lots of ways to describe family, and this week, which began when I met 5-day-old Jackson, has been filled with lots of those definitions.
Lots of people have lots of good things to say that all sound nice.

In science:

During the past couple of years there has been a lot of progress in the understanding of D-branes in the presence of magnetic fields and how these can be used to study Yang-Mills field theories with space/space non-commutativity [1, 2, 3].
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Lots of such gauges are known, and different authors proposed different gauges.
General exact solution of the Einstein-Dirac equations with the cosmological constant in homogeneous space
In fact, a lot of important information about CFTs is gained by studying how structures change when one varies the underlying curve.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
Our Monte-Carlo simulations consist in generating lots of random graphs, removing leaves step by step, and studying the remaining cores and isolated points.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
The CarSim planner is much more straightforward, because the planning process is not as complex as a lot of traditional AI planning problems, see also (Norvig and Russell, 1995).
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System