a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose:
a plot to overthrow the government.
Also called storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story.
a small piece or area of ground:
a garden plot; burial plot.
a measured piece or parcel of land:
a house on a two-acre plot.
a plan, map, diagram, or other graphic representation, as of land, a building, etc.
a list, timetable, or scheme dealing with any of the various arrangements for the production of a play, motion picture, etc.:
According to the property plot, there should be a lamp stage left.
a chart showing the course of a craft, as a ship or airplane.
a point or points located on a map or chart:
verb (used with object)
to plan secretly, especially something hostile or evil:
to plot mutiny.
to mark on a plan, map, or chart, as the course of a ship or aircraft.
to draw a plan or map of, as a tract of land or a building.
to divide (land) into plots.
to determine and mark (points), as on plotting paper, by means of measurements or coordinates.
to draw (a curve) by means of points so marked.
to represent by means of such a curve.
to devise or construct the plot of (a play, novel, etc.).
to prepare a list, timetable, or scheme of (production arrangements), as for a play or motion picture:
The stage manager hadn't plotted the set changes until one day before the dress rehearsal.
to make (a calculation) by graph.
(noun) of multiple orig.: in sense “piece of ground,” Middle English:
small area, patch, stain, piece of ground, Old English:
piece of ground (origin obscure); in senses “ground plan, outline, map, scheme,” variant (since the 16th century) of plat1
, itself partly a variant of Middle English, Old English plot;
sense “secret plan” (from 16th century) by association with complot
, in pejorative sense; (v.) derivative of the noun
plotful, adjectiveplotless, adjectiveplotlessness, nounoutplot, verb (used with object), outplotted, outplotting.overplot, verb, overplotted, overplotting.preplot, verb (used with object), preplotted, preplotting.replot, verb (used with object), replotted, replotting.unplotted, adjectiveunplotting, adjectivewell-plotted, adjective
intrigue, cabal. See conspiracy
brew, hatch, frame. 19. Plot, conspire, scheme
imply secret, cunning, and often unscrupulous planning to gain one's own ends. To plot
is to contrive a secret plan of a selfish and often treasonable kind: to plot against someone's life.
is to unite with others in an illicit or illegal machination: to conspire to seize a government.
is to plan ingeniously, subtly, and often craftily for one's own advantage: to scheme how to gain power.