Definitions for: Lot


[n] anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it"
[n] any collection in its entirety; "she bought the whole caboodle"
[n] an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot"
[n] a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot on the lake"
[n] (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction
[n] (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"
[n] your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion"
[v] divide into lots, as of land, for example
[v] administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"



Webster (1913) Definition: Lot, n. [AS. hlot; akin to hle['o]tan to cast lots, OS.
hl?t lot, D. lot, G. loos, OHG. l?z, Icel. hlutr, Sw. lott,
Dan. lod, Goth. hlauts. Cf. Allot, Lotto, Lottery.]
1. That which happens without human design or forethought;
chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.

But save my life, which lot before your foot doth
lay. --Spenser.

2. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used
in determining a question by chance, or without man's
choice or will; as, to cast or draw lots.

The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole
disposing thereof is of the Lord. --Prov. xvi.
33.

If we draw lots, he speeds. --Shak.

3. The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by
chance, or without his planning.

O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's Enough to
bear. --Milton.

He was but born to try The lot of man -- to suffer
and to die. --Pope.

4. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively;
as, a lot of stationery; -- colloquially, sometimes of
people; as, a sorry lot; a bad lot.

I, this winter, met with a very large lot of English
heads, chiefly of the reign of James I. --Walpole.

5. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a
field; as, a building lot in a city.

The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of
New York. --Kent.

6. A large quantity or number; a great deal; as, to spend a
lot of money; lots of people think so. [Colloq.]

He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London
by a lot of business. --W. Black.

7. A prize in a lottery. [Obs.] --Evelyn.

To cast in one's lot with, to share the fortunes of.

To cast lots, to use or throw a die, or some other
instrument, by the unforeseen turn or position of which,
an event is by previous agreement determined.

To draw lots, to determine an event, or make a decision, by
drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed
from the drawer.

To pay scot and lot, to pay taxes according to one's
ability. See Scot.


Lot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lotted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Lotting.]
To allot; to sort; to portion. [R.]

To lot on or upon, to count or reckon upon; to expect
with pleasure. [Colloq. U. S.]

Synonyms: administer, allot, band, batch, bunch, caboodle, circle, circumstances, deal, deal, deal out, destiny, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, draw, fate, flock, fortune, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, luck, mass, mess, mete out, mickle, mint, muckle, parcel out, peck, pile, plenty, portion, pot, quite a little, raft, set, shell out, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew

See Also: accumulation, aggregation, apply, assemblage, assign, bad luck, building site, camp, car park, car pool, carve up, clique, cohort, collection, company, condition, confederacy, conspiracy, coterie, deluge, dissever, divide, failure, flood, Four Hundred, give, good fortune, good luck, Hebrew, horsey set, horsy set, ill luck, ingroup, inner circle, inundation, Israelite, jet set, Jew, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, misfortune, object, pack, parcel, parcel of land, park, parking area, parking lot, party, physical object, piece of ground, piece of land, portion, providence, reallot, separate, social group, split, split up, torrent, tough luck, tract, vacant lot

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