Webster 1913 Edition
plot; cf. Goth.
platsa patch. Cf.
Plata piece of ground.]
A small extent of ground; a plat;
as, a garden.
A plantation laid out.
Sir P. Sidney.
A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc., drawn to a scale.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make a plot, map, pr plan, of; to mark the position of on a plan; to delineate.
plottethdown Cornwall as it now standeth.
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.
I have overheard a
O, think what anxious moments pass between
The birth of
The birth of
plotsand their last fatal periods!
A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any stratagem or conspiracy.
And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had any
plotin the divorce.
Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or intrigue.
[Obs.]“A man of much plot.”
A plan; a purpose.“No other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls.”
In fiction, the story of a play, novel, romance, or poem, comprising a complication of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means.
plotor intrigue must be natural, and such as springs from the subject, then the winding up of the
plotmust be a probable consequence of all that went before.
Syn. – Intrigue; stratagem; conspiracy; cabal; combination; contrivance.
To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially against a government or those who administer it; to conspire.
plottethagainst the just.
Ps. xxxvii. 12.
To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.
The prince did
plotto be secretly gone.
Sir H. Wotton.
To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly.“Plotting an unprofitable crime.”
Dryden.“Plotting now the fall of others.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A plat or small extent of ground; as a garden plot.
It was a chosen plot of fertile land.
When we mean to build,
We first survey the plot.
2.A plantation laid out.
3.A plan or scheme. [Qu. the next word.]
4.In surveying, a plan or draught of a field, farm or manor surveyed and delineated on paper.
1.Any scheme, stratagem or plan of a complicated nature, or consisting of many parts, adapted to the accomplishment of some purpose, usually a mischievous one. A plot may be formed by a single person or by numbers. In the latter case, it is a conspiracy or an intrigue. The latter word more generally denotes a scheme directed against individuals; the former against the government. But this distinction is not always observed.
O think what anxious moments pass between
The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods!
2.In dramatic writings, the knot or intrigue; the story of a play, comprising a complication of incidents which are at last unfolded by unexpected means.
If the plot or intrigue must be natural, and such as springs from the subject, the winding up of the plot must be a probable consequence of all that went before.
3.Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot.
A man of much plot.
The wicked plotteth against the just. Ps.37.
1.To contrive a plan; to scheme.
The prince did plot to be secretly gone.