Definitions for: Plot


[n] a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"
[n] the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
[n] a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
[n] a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch"
[v] plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow fo the government"
[v] make a plat of; "Plat the town"
[v] make a schematic or technical drawing of; make a diagram of



Webster (1913) Definition: Plot, n. [AS. plot; cf. Goth. plats a patch. Cf. Plat a
piece of ground.]
1. A small extent of ground; a plat; as, a garden plot.
--Shak.

2. A plantation laid out. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.

3. (Surv.) A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc.,
drawn to a scale.


Plot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plotted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Plotting.]
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. --Carew.


Plot, n. [Abbrev. from complot.]
1. 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. --Shak.

O, think what anxious moments pass between The birth
of plots and their last fatal periods! --Addison.

2. A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any
stratagem or conspiracy. [Obs.]

And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced
commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had
any plot in the divorce. --Milton.

3. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or
intrigue. [Obs.] ``A man of much plot.'' --Denham.

4. A plan; a purpose. ``No other plot in their religion but
serve God and save their souls.'' --Jer. Taylor.

5. 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. --Pope.

Syn: Intrigue; stratagem; conspiracy; cabal; combination;
contrivance.


Plot (pl[o^]t), v. i.
1. To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially
against a government or those who administer it; to
conspire. --Shak.

The wicked plotteth against the just. --Ps. xxxvii.
12.

2. To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.

The prince did plot to be secretly gone. --Sir H.
Wotton.


Plot, v. t.
To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly.
``Plotting an unprofitable crime.'' --Dryden. ``Plotting now
the fall of others.'' --Milton

Synonyms: diagram, patch, plat, plot of ground, secret plan

See Also: action, bed, cabal, cabal, chart, complot, conjure, connive, conspiracy, conspire, counterplot, counterplot, draw, garden, graph, intrigue, intrigue, machinate, machination, map, parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, plan, plot line, scheme, scheme, story, storyline, strategy, tract

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In Endless Quest books, you start the plot, and the character has to make choices. Then you have to write one choice over here, one choice over there. The author might get one or two choices out.

-- Margaret Weis (American Writer)

Plot and character are virtually the same thing.

-- Daniel Keys Moran (American Writer)

You can't remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn't have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though.

-- Terry Prachett (English Author)

I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me.

-- Michael Ondaatje (Canadian Author)

I always have one or two, sometimes more, Navajo or other tribes' cultural elements in mind when I start a plot. In Thief of Time, I wanted to make readers aware of Navajo attitude toward the dead, respect for burial sites.

-- Tony Hillerman (American Author)

Typically in horror films the character just services the plot, and you really are just going from 'point a' to 'point b,' just so that you can end up at 'point c.' They are just sort of stick characters. That's just not interesting to me.

-- Kevin Williamson (American Author)

It is scary for an actor when you get hired as a lead. No matter what the plot is, it is your job to do something interesting enough to make them want to get inside the lead character's head.

-- Tom Selleck (American Actor)

What the devil does the plot signify, except to bring in fine things?

-- George Villiers (English Politician)

Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt.

-- Thomas Moore (Irish Poet)

Once you have invented a character with three dimensions and a voice, you begin to realize that some of the things you'd like him to do to further your plot are things that such a person wouldn't, or couldn't, do.

-- Thomas Perry (German Musician)

A potato can grow quite easily on a very small plot of land. With molecular manufacturing, we'll be able to have distributed manufacturing, which will permit manufacturing at the site using technologies that are low-cost and easily available.

-- Ralph Merkle (American Scientist)

Having a sense of purpose is having a sense of self. A course to plot is a destination to hope for.

-- Bryant H. McGill (American Poet)

I don't like to go to the movies to see violence or some kind of spy thing with all kinds of information you have to assimilate to understand the plot.

-- Pia Zadora (American Actress)

Its plot is loose and tortuous and will take some time for its stars to emerge.

-- Alan Hamilton ( -)

You asked what is the secret of a really good sketch. And it is a sketch is a small play. It's got a beginning, and a middle and an end. It should have a plot; it should have the characters, conflict. It is a little play. And in it, will be funny stuff.

-- Harvey Korman (American Actor)

For years, I sort of would try to write a story that somehow fit the title. And I don't think it happened for maybe another four years that I actually thought of a story, the plot of a story that corresponded to that phrase.

-- Jhumpa Lahiri (American Author)

I enjoyed doing the gag covers better than the story ones because they were usually simpler. A cover based on an incident in the plot took a great deal of staging to tell a little story that was still part of the book. And it had to make sense on its own.

-- Carl Barks (American Artist)

The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught.

-- Anne Rice (American Novelist)

Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically.

-- Aaron Eckhart (American Actor)

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all.

-- Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuban Novelist)

A free and prosperous Iraq will be a major blow to the terrorists and their desire to establish a safe haven in Iraq where they can plan and plot attacks.

-- Scott McClellan (American Politician)

Mr. Chairman, on September 11, we were attacked by terrorists who took advantage of weaknesses in our border security. After infiltrating our country, the terrorists were able to conceal their real identities, and thereby plot their attacks without fear of being apprehended.

-- Jim Ryun (American Athlete)

Guy Rivers, a conventional piece as regards the love affair which makes a part of the plot, is a tale of deadly strife between the laws of Georgia and a fiendish bandit.

-- Carl Clinton Van Doren (American Critic)

You know, Motorcycle Diaries has no incredible stories, no sudden plot twists, it doesn't play that way. It's about recognizing that instance of change and embracing it.

-- Gael Garcia Bernal (Mexican Actor)

In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material.

-- Mike Figgis (English Director)

Two things I do well in books are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence are only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development.

-- Laurell K. Hamilton (American Writer)

I have a plot, but not much happens.

-- Howard Nemerov (American Poet)

I'm obviously very keen on the theater and I think it's inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it's not in my mind at the time.

-- Peter Maxwell Davies (English Composer)

Show me where Stalin is buried and I'll show you a Communist Plot.

-- Edgar Bergen (American Actor)

If you need to take a step back from day-to-day operations and plot out the long-term direction of your user experience strategy, consultants can give you a perspective you can't get on your own.

-- Jesse James Garrett (American Businessman)

When sex is necessary for the plot of a book, or a character development, then I don't shy away from it. Why should I?

-- Laurell K. Hamilton (American Writer)

The Carrie in the plot was too much like the Carrie in the book. She smoked, she swore a lot, she was very hard, very cynical. I could never have pulled it off.

-- Kristin Davis (American Actress)

If I had a plot that was all set in advance, why would I want go through the agony of writing the novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery, for me at any rate.

-- Chaim Potok (American Author)

Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by pistol either Richard Nixon or George Wallace.

-- Arthur Bremer (American Criminal)

So I work hard to present the human side of my characters while not neglecting the plot.

-- Jeffery Deaver (American Writer)


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