|1.||a secret plan to achieve some purpose, esp one that is illegal or underhand: a plot to overthrow the government|
|2.||the story or plan of a play, novel, etc|
|3.||military a graphic representation of an individual or tactical setting that pinpoints an artillery target|
|4.||chiefly (US) a diagram or plan, esp a surveyor's map|
|5.||informal lose the plot to lose one's ability or judgment in a given situation|
|—vb , plots, plotting, plotted|
|6.||to plan secretly (something illegal, revolutionary, etc); conspire|
|7.||(tr) to mark (a course, as of a ship or aircraft) on a map|
|8.||(tr) to make a plan or map of|
|9.||a. to locate and mark (one or more points) on a graph by means of coordinates|
|b. to draw (a curve) through these points|
|10.||(tr) to construct the plot of (a literary work)|
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The organization of events in a work of fiction.
in fiction, the structure of interrelated actions, consciously selected and arranged by the author. Plot involves a considerably higher level of narrative organization than normally occurs in a story or fable. According to E.M. Forster in Aspects of the Novel (1927), a story is a "narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence," whereas a plot organizes the events according to a "sense of causality."
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