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plot    : [pl'ɑt]
Plot \Plot\, v. t.
To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly.
"Plotting an unprofitable crime." --Dryden. "Plotting now the
fall of others." --Milton
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Plot \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.
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2. A plantation laid out. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney.
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3. (Surv.) A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc.,
drawn to a scale.
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Plot \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.
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This treatise plotteth down Cornwall as it now
standeth. --Carew.
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Plot \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.
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I have overheard a plot of death. --Shak.
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O, think what anxious moments pass between
The birth of plots and their last fatal periods!
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2. A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any
stratagem or conspiracy. [Obs.]
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And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced
commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had
any plot in the divorce. --Milton.
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3. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or
intrigue. [Obs.] "A man of much plot." --Denham.
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4. A plan; a purpose. "No other plot in their religion but
serve God and save their souls." --Jer. Taylor.
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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.
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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.
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Syn: Intrigue; stratagem; conspiracy; cabal; combination;
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Plot \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.
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The wicked plotteth against the just. --Ps. xxxvii.
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2. To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.
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The prince did plot to be secretly gone. --Sir H.
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n 1: a secret scheme to do something (especially something
underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit
the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the
start" [synonym: {plot}, {secret plan}, {game}]
2: a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a
bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch" [synonym: {plot},
{plot of land}, {plot of ground}, {patch}]
3: the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the
characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
4: a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
v 1: plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the
overthrow of the government"
2: make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows
interactions among variables or how something is constructed
[synonym: {diagram}, {plot}]
3: make a plat of; "Plat the town" [synonym: {plat}, {plot}]
4: devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play,
movie, or ballet); "the writer is plotting a new novel"

282 Moby Thesaurus words for "plot":
acreage, acres, action, allotment, anagnorisis, angle, anticipate,
approach, architectonics, architecture, area, argument, arrange,
art, artful dodge, artifice, atmosphere, await, background,
be destined, be fated, be imminent, be to be, be to come, blind,
block, blueprint, brew, brouillon, cabal, calculate, cartoon,
catastrophe, characterization, chart, chattels real, chicanery,
clearing, clos, close, cogitate, collogue, collude, collusion,
color, come, come on, complication, complicity, complot, compute,
conceive, concoct, confederacy, connivance, connive, conniving,
conspiracy, conspire, continuity, contraption, contrivance,
contrive, contriving, cook up, copy, corn field, countermine,
counterplot, coup, covin, craft, croft, cultivated land,
cute trick, deceit, deep-laid plot, delineation, demesne,
denouement, depict, design, determine, development, device, devise,
diagram, dodge, domain, draft, draw, draw near, draw on, drawing,
dream up, ebauche, elevation, enclave, engineer, engineering,
episode, esquisse, expect, expedient, fable, fakement,
falling action, feint, fetch, field, figure, finagle, finagling,
find, finesse, fix, foresee, foretell, forethink, forty, frame,
frame up, frame-up, gambit, game, gerrymander, gimmick, graph,
grift, ground plan, grounds, hatch, hatch a plot, hatch up,
hayfield, honor, hope, house plan, ichnography, incident, intrigue,
jockey, jugglery, knavery, kraal, land, landed property, lands,
lay, lay a plot, lay down, lay off, lay out, lie ahead, line,
little game, local color, look for, look forward to, loom, lot,
lots, machinate, machination, maneuver, maneuvering, manipulate,
manipulation, manor, map, map out, mark off, mark out, messuage,
mood, motif, move, movement, mythos, near, operate, organize,
outline, pack, pack the deal, paddy, pale, parcel, parcel of land,
patch, pattern, peripeteia, piece of land, plan, plat, play games,
plot of ground, plot out, plotting, ploy, practice, praedium,
prearrange, preconcert, preconsider, precontrive, predesign,
predetermine, predict, premeditate, preorder, preresolve, profile,
project, projection, property, prophesy, pull strings, quad,
quadrangle, quadrat, racket, real estate, real property, realty,
recognition, red herring, rice paddy, rig, rigging, rising action,
rough, ruse, scenario, scheme, schemery, scheming, secondary plot,
section, set out, set up, sew up, shift, show, skeleton, sketch,
sketch out, slant, sleight, square, stack the cards, story,
stratagem, strategy, structure, subject, subplot, subterfuge,
switch, table, tactic, tenements, thematic development, theme,
thread, threaten, toft, tone, topic, tract, trick, trickery, twist,
underplot, wangle, web of intrigue, wheat field, wile, wily device,
wire-pulling, work out beforehand, working drawing

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