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.

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.
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;

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.

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

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

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

-- George Villiers (English Politician)

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)

The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky and Hutch plot you can find.

-- Ben Stiller (American Comedian)

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-- Jesse James Garrett (American Businessman)

No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

-- W. H. Auden (English Poet)

The time has mainly gone on getting Inform into a decent shape for public use. I suppose the plot of 'Curses' makes a sequel conceivable when compared with, say, the plot of 'Hamlet' but none is planned.

-- Graham Nelson (English Mathematician)

I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how you needed to have a sensible story, a plot that developed, with a beginning, a middle, and an end that would tie everything together.

-- Dorothy Fields (American Musician)

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.

-- E. M. Forster (English Novelist)

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

-- Edgar Bergen (American Actor)

Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine - what it does to people, how it can constitute a plot all on its own. So naturally, I am interested in old age.

-- Anne Tyler (American Novelist)

I think situations are more important than plot and character.

-- Harry Mathews (American Author)

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters.

-- Elizabeth George (American Author)

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.

-- David Brin (American 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)

Writing is truly a creative art - putting word to a blank piece of paper and ending up with a full-fledged story rife with character and plot.

-- William Shatner (Canadian Actor)

The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a plot would really scare me, because it would come out a mess.

-- Tracey Emin (English Artist)

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.

-- Len Wein (American Cartoonist)

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)

If you stop one terror attack in the U.S., it may be connected to multiple other plots out there that are connected. If you reveal that you stopped one plot, it may tip our hand.

-- Patrick McHenry (American Politician)

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)

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises.

-- Isaac Bashevis Singer (American Novelist)

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)

Part of the plot was a knock that V wanted to bring down the government and bring chaos. I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes, because it was during the summer. I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes, kind of theatrical.

-- David Lloyd (British Artist)

There's almost always a point in a book where something happens that triggers the rest of the plot.

-- Jonathan Carroll (American Author)

In order to have a plot, you have to have a conflict, something bad has to happen.

-- Mike Judge (American Producer)

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

-- Thomas Moore (Irish Poet)

In my books, women often solve the problem. Even if the woman is not the hero, she's a strong character. She does change the plot. She'll often rescue the male character from some situation.

-- Ken Follett (Welsh Author)

I have a book coming out in September, for example, where the plot concerns counterfeiting, and I had to do a lot of research on that. Or on any legal matters, for example, I have to do a lot of research online.

-- Evan Hunter (American Author)

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)

I remember the guest stars who came, they were always trying to find a new plot for their characters because they wanted to stay. It was really a great working environment.

-- Caroline Dhavernas (Canadian Actress)

If the audience never understands the plot, it can be counted on to be attentive to the very end.

-- Benedetto Marcello (Italian Composer)

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)

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 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)

I lose tons of stuff on the cutting room floor. For Scary Movie 3, for example, we had a lot of Matrix spoofs, a Hulk scene, and some of that stuff just doesn't hold up - it's too much plot, audiences just didn't want to hear about it.

-- David Zucker (American Director)

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