• WordNet 3.6
    • v plot plan secretly, usually something illegal "They plotted the overthrow of the government"
    • v plot make a plat of "Plat the town"
    • v plot devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet) "the writer is plotting a new novel"
    • v plot make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
    • n plot a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal) "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor","I saw through his little game from the start"
    • n plot the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc. "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
    • n plot a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
    • n plot a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation "a bean plot","a cabbage patch","a briar patch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plot (Surv) A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc., drawn to a scale.
    • Plot A plan; a purpose. "No other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls."
    • Plot A plantation laid out.
    • Plot A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any stratagem or conspiracy. "And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had any plot in the divorce."
    • Plot A small extent of ground; a plat; as, a garden plot .
    • Plot Any scheme, stratagem, secret design, or plan, of a complicated nature, adapted to the accomplishment of some purpose, usually a treacherous and mischievous one; a conspiracy; an intrigue; as, the Rye-house Plot . "I have overheard a plot of death.""O, think what anxious moments pass between
      The birth of plots and their last fatal periods!"
    • Plot Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or intrigue. "A man of much plot ."
    • Plot In fiction, the story of a play, novel, romance, or poem, comprising a complication of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means. "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."
    • Plot To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme. "The prince did plot to be secretly gone."
    • Plot To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially against a government or those who administer it; to conspire. "The wicked plotteth against the just."
    • v. t Plot To make a plot, map, pr plan, of; to mark the position of on a plan; to delineate. "This treatise plotteth down Cornwall as it now standeth."
    • v. t Plot To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly. "Plotting an unprofitable crime.""Plotting now the fall of others."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plot A piece of ground; specifically, a small piece of ground of well-defined shape; a patch or spot of ground.
    • n plot A patch, spot, or splotch of any kind, as in a garment.
    • n plot In surveying, a plan or draft of a field, farm, estate, etc., surveyed and delineated on paper; a map or plan.
    • n plot A fully formulated scheme or plan; a systematized purpose; design; aim.
    • n plot A stratagem or secret plan; a secret project; an intrigue; a conspiracy.
    • n plot The story of a play, poem, novel, or romance, comprising a complication of incidents which are at last unfolded by unexpected means; the intrigue.
    • n plot Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plan.
    • plot To make a map or plan of; lay down on paper according to scale: as, to plot a farm or an estate; to plot a ship's course on a chart.
    • plot To determine or fix by measurements on a map or chart.
    • plot To plan; form plans for; devise; contrive; conspire to effect or bring about: now rarely used in a good sense.
    • plot Synonyms To concoct, brew, hatch, plan.
    • plot To form a plan or plot; scheme; especially, to conspire.
    • plot To scald; steep in very hot water.
    • plot To make (any liquid) scalding hot.
    • plot To divide into plots, as a building-site.
    • plot To press into cakes or balls, as soap.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plot plot a small piece of ground: a plan of a field, &c., drawn on paper: a patch or spot on clothes
    • v.t Plot to make a plan of:—pr.p. plot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. plot′ted
    • n Plot plot a complicated scheme, esp. for a mischievous purpose: a conspiracy: stratagem: the chain of incidents which are gradually unfolded in the story of a play, &c
    • v.i Plot to scheme: to form a scheme of mischief: to conspire
    • v.t Plot to devise:—pr.p. plot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. plot′ted
    • v.t Plot plot (Scot.) to scald, steep in very hot water
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  • Ivy Compton Burnett
    Ivy Compton Burnett
    “Real life seems to have no plots.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”
  • George Meredith
    “Passions spin the plot: We are betrayed by what is false within.”
  • John Dryden
    “Plots, true or false, are necessary things, to raise up commonwealths, and ruin kings.”


Lose the plot - If someone loses the plot, they have stopped being rational about something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. plot,; cf. Goth. plats, a patch. Cf. Plat a piece of ground


In literature:

Indeed, Master Pearson evidently knows a good deal about the plot; and I should be thankful if I was free of him also.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mechanical motions, plotting, 223-263.
"Mechanical Drawing Self-Taught" by Joshua Rose
The management of the plot in the Italian novel is closely followed by Shakespeare.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
This comes of the Brissotins' plots and the traitorous dealings of your Petions and Rolands.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
In the next place Ascher had no underhand plot with regard to the cash register.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
A plot was contrived for the murder of Darnley, of which Murray was probably the author.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The plot is laid in Grusia in the Caucasus.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
I think that children must have clambered on his familiar knee and that he learned his plot from their trustful eyes.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Since then he has been plotting to marry the girl.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
This brief preliminary statement we have thought essential to the right understanding and development of our plot.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
I'll have the middle plot, of course, being the eldest.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Massasoit was so grateful for the kindness shown him that he told the palefaces of the Indian plot against them.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
In connection with this evil plot a strange thing happened.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Be honest with me, and men shall tear out my tongue before I will speak a word of you or your plot.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
He therefore laid a wicked plot for her capture.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Examination of Ellen Bright, Gunpowder Plot Book, article 24.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
None of them was likely to take part in such a plot.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
What purpose in the plot does the Minstrel serve throughout?
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
Venner's plot showed the reality of the danger and justified the precaution.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
For any plot would trouble Her lovely calm.
"L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand

In poetry:

How the plot turned about I watched in vain,
Though for grief I cried,
As one and all they faded, poisoned or slain,
In great agony died.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
Behind that long and lonely trenchèd line
To which men come and go, where brave men die,
There is a yet unmarked and unknown shrine,
A broken plot, a soldiers' cemet'ry.
"A Soldiers Cemetary" by John William Streets
The third, perchance a narrow plot, whereon
The Man-child stood and served his fellow-men,
And loved the service better than a throne,
And where the suffering world loved him again.
"Sacred Places" by Annie Adams Fields
Unconscious actors,--it may be
That here we painfully rehearse,
In parts, whose plots we do not see,
Some drama of the universe,--
Advanced, as nobler grow our souls,
To loftier roles.
"Life's Trilogy" by John Lawson Stoddard
"For she comes after, and comes to stay--
Welcome or not--for a month and a day!
She plots, and she plans, she sneaks, and she crawls
Till she finds a way through the thickest of walls!"
"Saarchinkold!" by Clara Doty Bates
Fain would I, dear, find some shut plot
Of earth's wide wold for thee, where not
One tear, one qualm,
Should break the calm.
But I am weak as thou and bare;
No man can change the common lot to rare.
"To An Unborn Pauper Child" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Woman, boyfriend suspected in plot to rob man.
A Plot of Dirt Windsor Farm Prospect Ave nr.
The Pope's representative in the Sudan accused the Khartoum Government today of using torture and death threats to force a priest to confess to plotting a bombing campaign.
We still don't feel sorry for Olivia Cortes , the hapless Mesa retiree who allowed her name and face to be used in a sinister plot to split the vote in last year's recall in Legislative District 18.
KGNS gives you the ONLY courtroom sketches depicting murder-for-hire plot.
Harrison Ford plays a burned-out immigration officer in a film that puts plot complexity in a new league.
If only he had a sense of plot and dialogue.
Crux Fermentation Project, which opened its doors June 30, sits on an 11-acre plot of land adjacent to Highway 97 smack in the center of Bend.
I don't recall any of the plots of course, I just remember the easy rapport between him and Bill Cosby and Culp running around in tennis whites.
Plot of Contagion comes to life as Minnesota woman quarantined on suspicion of monkeypox.
Dearth of plot points slows 'Man Push Cart' to a crawl.
In the end, it may have been Ramzi Ahmed Yousef's own ego that helped convict him of plotting to blow up American jetliners in Asia, a crime that may keep him in prison for the rest of his life.
Possible bomb plot thwarted in Long Island.
The plot of the book and film are famous — or infamous — in this region of the country.
'Possession' imitates 'The Exorcist's' plot.

In science:

The plot on the left shows the distribution for cluster size 1 and the plot on the right for clusters with multiplicity higher than 1.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
FIG. 2: This plot is similar to figure 1 but only curves for random and protein-like sequences are plotted.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
FIG. 7: This plot is similar to figure 6 but only curves for random and protein-like sequences are plotted.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
Analogous to Zbilut et al. , we will use the recently expanded method of recurrence plots to the method of cross recurrence plots, which compares the dynamics represented in two time series.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
The solid line is a plot of equation (44) for a = 0.01, and the dashed line is a plot of equation (44) for a = 0.29.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
Nearest-neighbor spacing distribution P (s) for a chain with Ns = 9 harmonic oscillators from the analytical spectrum (left plot) and from the stochastic method (right plot).
Quantum chaos and regularity in $\Phi^4$ theory
Thus this plot with v/iaAHNS does not correspond to any true size scaling function, in contrast to Fig.1a. b) Plot of v versus i for the same data as in a).
Scaling determination of the nonlinear I-V characteristics for 2D superconducting networks
FIG. 5: Inverse logarithm of the disorder averaged spin stiffness plotted for several box sizes W specified on the plot.
Crossover effects in the random exchange spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic chain
Inverse logarithm of the disorder averaged spin stiffness plotted for several box sizes W specified on the plot.
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
Each of the plots are plotted against the transit S/N which measures the “goodness-of-fit” of each staller lightcurve to a transit model.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
To plot the I-V characteristics, the ADC’s results are plotted on the ’y’ axis (Vr , the voltage drop across the 1KΩ resistor, which is proportional to the current) while this data has to be subtracted from the DAC’s output for voltage across the diode (’x’-axis).
Simple 8085 microprocessor compatible I/O card
Instead of plotting the power spectrum, P (k), we plot the transfer function T (k) which is defined according to P (k) = T 2(k)P0(k). P0(k) is the primordial power spectrum, which is independent of neutrino physics.
Structure formation with strongly interacting neutrinos - implications for the cosmological neutrino mass bound
In these plots, we show the actual mass distributions (i.e. m2f (m) when plotted over log m or m · a · f (a) when plotted over log a, like νFν for spectral energy distributions).
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
On a semi-log plot of C (t, p, L) vs. t the slope of the plot gives the value of the correlation time τ (p, L) which is measured for different probabilities p and for different L values.
Particle-hole symmetry in a sandpile model
In Fig. 4(b) we show the Fourier transform of the autocorrelation function plotted in Fig. 4(a) generated by the plotting routine ‘xmgrace’.
Particle-hole symmetry in a sandpile model