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plot

noun

  1. (scheme)  a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
    Synonyms: game, secret plan. Type of: scheme
  2. (tract)  a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
    Synonyms: patch, plot of ground, plot of land. Type of: tract
  3. (story)  the story that is told in a novel, play, movie, or so on
    Type of: story
  4. (chart)  a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
    Type of: chart

verb

  1. (plan secretly, usually)  to plan secretly, usually something illegal
    Type of: plan
  2. (draw)  to make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
    Synonyms: diagram. Type of: draw
  3. (map)  to make a plat of
    Synonyms: plat. Type of: map
  4. (project)  to devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
    Type of: plan

Etymology summary

Old English plot "small piece of ground", of unknown origin. Sense of "ground...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

plot | lose the plot [sense-specific] | conspire [synonym, sense-specific]

a secret plan to achieve some purpose, especially one that is illegal or underhand | the story or plan of a play, novel, etc | [military] a graphic ... (26 of 614 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plot

Merriam-Webster:

plot [entry 1, noun] | plotline [sense-specific] | lot [synonym, sense-specific] | intrigue [synonym, sense-specific] | ground plan [synonym, sense-specific] | plat [synonym, sense-specific] | conspiracy [synonym, sense-specific] | design [synonym, sense-specific] | machination [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a small area of planted ground ; a small piece of land in a cemetery ; a measured piece of land; "lot" | "ground plan", "plat" | the plan or main ... (29 of 414 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plot

plot [entry 2, verb] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | scheme [synonym, sense-specific] | collude [synonym, sense-specific] | compass [synonym, sense-specific] | connive [synonym, sense-specific] | conspire [synonym, sense-specific] | intrigue [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make a plot, map, or plan of ; to mark or note on or as if on a map or chart | to lay out in plots(see "plot" [entry 1]) | to locate (a point) by ... (35 of 266 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plot show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present] | lose the plot | the plot thickens | plotless [derived]

a plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful | the main events of a play, novel, film, or similar work, devised and ... (29 of 357 words, 13 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plot

Random House Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | storyline [synonym, sense-specific]

a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose. | the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary ... (25 of 335 words, 21 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plot

Britannica Encyclopedia:

plot [literature]

in fiction, the structure of interrelated actions, consciously selected and arranged by the author. Plot involves a considerably higher level of ... (21 of 277 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/464915​/plot

Wikipedia:

Plot [disambiguation]

Plot (film), a 1973 French-Italian film | The Plot (film) a 1991 film featuring Peter Sebastian | A piece of land a person is buried in, see Grave | A piece of land used for building on, see Land lot | Plot plan, an architecture, engineering, and/or ... (43 of 258 words, 17 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural] | lose the plot | the plot thickens

[countable/uncountable, literary] a series of related events that make up ... | [countable] a secret plan to do something bad, made by two or more ... (24 of 209 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plot

plot [verb] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to make a secret plan with other people to do something bad ; [transitive] to secretly plan to do something | [transitive] ... (22 of 143 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plot 13

American Heritage Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present] | plotless [adjective, related] | plotlessness [noun, related]

A small piece of ground, generally used for a specific purpose | A measured area of land; a lot. | A ground plan, as for a building; a diagram. | See ... (28 of 170 words, 13 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plot

New World Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plotless [adjective, related] | plotlessness [noun, related]

a small area of ground marked off for some special use | a chart or diagram, as of a building or estate | a secret, usually evil, project or scheme; ... (28 of 151 words, 9 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plot

Wiktionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | storyline [synonym, sense-specific] | parcel [synonym, sense-specific] | conspiracy [synonym, sense-specific] | scheme [synonym, sense-specific]

The general course of a story including significant events that determine its course or significant patterns of events. | An area or land used for building on or planting on. | A plan to commit a crime. | A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by... (45 of 97 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plot

Cambridge Dictionary:

plot [entry 1] | plot line

the story of a book, film, play, etc (8 of 31 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 1

plot [entry 2]

a secret plan made by several people to do something that is wrong, harmful or not legal, especially to do damage to a person or a government (27 of 56 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 2

plot [entry 3]

a small piece of land that has been marked or measured for a particular purpose | [United States] ground plan (building) (20 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 3

plot [entry 4] | -tt- [past tense]

to mark or draw something on a piece of paper or a map | to make marks to show the position, movement or development of something, usually in the form ... (29 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 4

plot [entry 5] | -tt- [past tense]

to make a secret plan to do something wrong, harmful or illegal | [humorous] to make a secret plan to do something funny or fun to or for someone (28 of 88 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 5

plot [entry 6] | -tt- [past tense]

to write the plot for something (6 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 6

Encarta Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

a plan decided on in secret, especially to bring about an illegal or subversive act | the story or sequence of events in something such as a novel, ... (27 of 267 words, 11 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738505​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

plot

Origin: Old English plot "small piece of ground", of unknown origin. Sense of "ground plan", and thus "map, chart" is 1550s; that of "plan, scheme" is ... (25 of 91 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: late Old English (in "... of the noun"), of unknown origin. The sense "secret plan", dating from the late 16th century, is associated with Old French ... (26 of 47 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plot

Wiktionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

Origin: 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,... (31 of 47 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plot

Collins Dictionary:

plot

First use: 16th century

Origin: from plot2, influenced in use by complot | Old English: piece of land, plan of an area

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plot

New World Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

Origin: short for "complot" | Middle English from Old English, piece of land: some meanings influenced by "complot"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plot

American Heritage Dictionary:

plot | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plot

Merriam-Webster:

plot [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English | perhaps back-formation from complot

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plot

Encarta Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

Origin: Old English, "area of ground", origin ?; in "plan" senses, influenced by obsolete complot "secret scheme" from Old French

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738505​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plot"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plot

Collins Dictionary:

plot

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plot"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plot

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plot

plot [verb] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plot 13

Macmillan American Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plot

plot [verb] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle] | plots [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plot 13

Cambridge Dictionary:

plot [entry 5] | -tt- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "plot"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "plot"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plot 5

the Free Dictionary:

plot

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "plot"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "plot"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "plot" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

plot | plots [plural] | plotted [past tense] | plotting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "plot"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plot

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plot"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=plot​0001 word=plot

YourDictionary Audio:

plot

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plot" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

plot

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plot" by speech synthesizer

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