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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Famous Quotes Containing Plot:


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)

We began to do little things, have little scenes where we just talked about things that had nothing to do with the plot. In fact, in the beginning, they didn't want us to do that. But as time went on, you see that in so many shows. I think we were the first to do that.

-- Don Knotts (American Actor)

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

-- W. H. Auden (English Poet)

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

-- George Villiers (English Politician)

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)

I elect to stay on the soil of which I was born and on the plot of ground which I have fairly bought and honestly paid for. Don't advise me to leave, and don't add insult to injury by telling me it's for my own good; of that I am to be the judge.

-- Robert Purvis (American Activist)

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)

I have a plot, but not much happens.

-- Howard Nemerov (American Poet)

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)

I never plot out my novels in terms of the tone of the book. Hopefully, once a story is begun it reveals itself.

-- Alice Hoffman (American Author)

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.

-- Lasse Hallstrom (Swedish Director)

God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.

-- Bob Balaban (American Actor)

Sometimes my plot lines are so convoluted, I get calls from friends at 3 am saying; you SOB, you'll never pull this one off.

-- Clive Cussler (American Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Sometimes I'll hear a phrase or a word and write it down in my little black notebook (a writer's best mate), then come back to it and work a plot around it.

-- Paul Kane (English Writer)

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)

I think situations are more important than plot and character.

-- Harry Mathews (American Author)

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)

To this day, I get rewrite offers where they say: 'We feel this script needs work with character, dialogue, plot and tone,' and when you ask what's left, they say: 'Well, the typing is very good.'

-- John Sayles (American Director)

I think a lot of composers get into trouble just making up a plot and expecting an audience to follow that.

-- John Eaton (American Politician)

It's very liberating for me to realize that I don't have to step up to the plate with a plot that involves the U.N. Security Council.

-- Jonathan Franzen (American Novelist)

I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.

-- Mark Haddon (English Novelist)

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)

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

-- Thomas Moore (Irish Poet)

My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot in the world is useless if you don't populate them with characters that readers can care about.

-- Jeffery Deaver (American Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Ben Stiller (American Comedian)

Quite casually I wander into my plot, poke around with my characters for a while, then amble off, leaving no moral proved and no reader improved.

-- Thorne Smith (American Writer)

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)

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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