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This page has 25 definitions of plot with English translations in 10 languages. Plot is a noun, verb and adverb. Examples of how to use plot in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Plot and płot

English plot definition

Etymology

From 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, rags), German Bletz (rags, bits, strip of land), Gothic 𐍀𐌻𐌰𐍄𐍃 (plats, a patch, rags). See also plat. See also complot for an influence on or source of the "secret plan" sense.

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Noun

plot (plural plots)

  1. (authorship) The course of a story, comprising a series of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means. [from 1640s]
    Synonym: storyline
    • c. 1725, Alexander Pope, View of the Epic Poem
      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.
  2. An area or land used for building on or planting on. [from 1550s]
    Synonym: parcel
  3. A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by a mechanical or electronic device.
    • 2017, Mark Chambers, ‎Tony Holmes, Nakajima B5N ‘Kate’ and B6N ‘Jill’ Units (page 32)
      I was told to fly out on a vector of 100 degrees to meet a strong plot of aircraft 30 miles from the coast.
  4. A secret plan to achieve an end, the end or means usually being illegal or otherwise questionable. [from 1580s]
    Synonyms: conspiracy, scheme
    The plot would have enabled them to get a majority on the board.
    The assassination of Lincoln was part of a larger plot.
  5. Contrivance; deep reach thought; ability to plot or intrigue.
    • a. 1669, John Denham, On Mr Thomas Killigrew's Return from Venice, and Mr William Murrey's from Scotland
      a man of much plot
  6. Participation in any stratagem or conspiracy.
  7. A plan; a purpose.
    • 1651, Jer[emy] Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living. [], 2nd edition, London: [] Francis Ashe [], OCLC 1203220866:
      no other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls
  8. (Various fandom slang, euphemistic) Attractive physical attributes of characters involved in a story, originating from ironic juxtaposition with the original meaning (course of the story).
    I'm not sure what's happening in that show, I mainly watch it for the plot.

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Verb

plot (third-person singular simple present plots, present participle plotting, simple past and past participle plotted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To conceive (a crime, misdeed etc).
    They had plotted a robbery.
    They were plotting against the king.
  2. (transitive) To trace out (a graph or diagram).
    They plotted the number of edits per day.
  3. (transitive) To mark (a point on a graph, chart, etc).
    Every five minutes they plotted their position.
    • 1602, Richard Carew, Survey on Cornwall
      This treatise plotteth down Cornwall as it now standeth.

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Albanian plot definition

Etymology

From plotë.

Adverb

plot

  1. full, fully, full of

Czech plot definition

Etymology

From Old Czech plot, from Proto-Slavic *plotъ.

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Noun

plot m

  1. fence
    dřevěný plotwooden fence

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  • plot in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • plot in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Dutch plot definition

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Verb

plot

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of plotten
  2. imperative of plotten

French plot definition

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Noun

plot m (plural plots)

  1. traffic cone
  2. cone used in slalom

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Indonesian plot definition

Etymology

From Dutch plot, from English plot, from Middle English plot, plotte, from Old English plot (a plot of ground), from Proto-Germanic *plataz, *platjaz (a patch), of uncertain origin.

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Noun

plot (first-person possessive plotku, second-person possessive plotmu, third-person possessive plotnya)

  1. (art, literature) plot, storyline: the course of a story, comprising a series of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means.
    Synonyms: alur, alur cerita, jalan cerita

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Luxembourgish plot definition

Verb

plot

  1. third-person singular present indicative of ploen
  2. second-person plural present indicative of ploen
  3. second-person plural imperative of ploen

Polish plot definition

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Noun

plot f

  1. genitive plural of plota

Serbo-Croatian plot definition

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *plotъ.

Noun

plȏt m (Cyrillic spelling пло̑т)

  1. fence

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Spanish plot definition

Noun

plot m (plural plots)

  1. (story-telling) plot