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:


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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 don't care how good a song is - if it holds back the storyline, stalls the plot, your audience will reject it.

-- Dorothy Fields (American Musician)

Wake the power within thee slumbering, trim the plot that's in thy keeping, thou wilt bless the task when reaping sweet labour's prize.

-- John Stuart Blackie (Scottish 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)

I plot the first 5 or 6 chapters quite minutely, and also the end. So I know where I am going but not how I'm going to get there, which gives characters the chance to develop organically, as happens in real life as you get to know a person.

-- Joanna Trollope (English Novelist)

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)

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.

-- Horace Walpole (English Author)

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)

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)

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)

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)

I try to trace the connection between the characters and that way a story or plot emerges.

-- Anita Desai (Indian Novelist)

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

-- Alan Hamilton ( -)

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)

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)

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)

The one thing I would like more credit for is being part of a movement which involves recognising the importance of plot and asserting that books of literary worth could be written that had plots.

-- Scott Turow (American Novelist)

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

-- W. H. Auden (English Poet)

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)

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)

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 have a plot, but not much happens.

-- Howard Nemerov (American Poet)

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)

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)

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)

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)

I think situations are more important than plot and character.

-- Harry Mathews (American Author)


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