plot

A plot is a scheme, a story, a map charting progress, or a piece of land (as for a garden). To plot is to devise the secret plan, order the events of the story, or track your movement on the map.

You could make a whole movie based the word plot. This could be the plot (story): An evil so-and-so hatches a secret plot (scheme) to follow the explorer to a legendary plot (patch) of land with buried treasure. The explorer plots (draws) the best route to the treasure, but the evil so-and-so steals the plot (map) and gets to the treasure first. What a great story. All that's left is to plot (arrange) the sequence of events for maximum suspense.

Primary Meanings of plot

1.
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a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
make a plat of
2.
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a chart, map, or graphic representation showing progress, distribution, etc.
make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
3.
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the story that is told as in a novel, play, movie, etc.
devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
4.
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a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
plan secretly, usually something illegal
Full Definitions of plot
1

n a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation

“a bean plot
Synonyms:
patch, plot of ground, plot of land
Examples:
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
a terraced garden at Babylon watered by pumps from the Euphrates; construction attributed to Nebuchadnezzar around 600 BC
Tuileries Gardens
formal gardens next to the Louvre in Paris
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bed
a plot of ground in which plants are growing
garden
a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
asparagus bed
a bed in which asparagus is growing
bed of flowers, flower bed, flowerbed
a bed in which flowers are growing
flower garden
a garden featuring flowering plants
formal garden
a garden laid out on regular lines with plants arranged in symmetrical locations or in geometrical designs
grove, orchard, plantation, woodlet
garden consisting of a small cultivated wood without undergrowth
herb garden
a garden for growing herbs
hop field, hop garden
a garden where hops are grown
hotbed
a bed of earth covered with glass and heated by rotting manure to promote the growth of plants
kitchen garden, vegetable garden, vegetable patch
a small garden where vegetables are grown
landscaping
a garden laid out for esthetic effect
market garden
a garden where fruit and vegetables are grown for marketing
pot farm
a plot of ground where marijuana is grown and harvested (often hidden in a national forest)
rock garden, rockery
a garden featuring rocks; usually alpine plants
roof garden
a garden on a flat roof of a building
rose garden
a garden for growing roses
seedbed
a bed where seedlings are grown before transplanting
sunken garden
a garden set below the level of the ground surrounding it
tea garden
a public garden where tea is served
topiary
a garden having shrubs clipped or trimmed into decorative shapes especially of animals
turnip bed
a bed in which turnips are growing
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land

v make a plat of

Synonyms:
plat
Type of:
map
make a map of; show or establish the features of details of
2

n a chart, map, or graphic representation showing progress, distribution, etc.

Type of:
chart
a visual display of information

v make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed

Synonyms:
diagram
Types:
graph
plot upon a graph
Type of:
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
3

n the story that is told as in a novel, play, movie, etc.

“the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal”
Types:
action
the series of events that form a plot
plot line, storyline
the plot of a book or play or film
Type of:
story
a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

v devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)

“the writer is plotting a new novel”
Type of:
contrive, design, plan, project
make or work out a plan for; devise
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n a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)

“they concocted a plot to discredit the governor”
Synonyms:
game, secret plan
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counterplan, counterplot
a plot intended to subvert another plot
intrigue, machination
a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
cabal, conspiracy
a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot)
priestcraft
a derogatory reference to priests who use their influence to control secular or political affairs
Gunpowder Plot
a conspiracy in 1605 in England to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament to avenge the persecution of Catholics in England; led by Guy Fawkes
Type of:
scheme, strategy
an elaborate and systematic plan of action

v plan secretly, usually something illegal

“They plotted the overthrow of the government”
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cabal, complot, conjure, conspire, machinate
engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
counterplot
make a plot in response to another plot
connive, intrigue, scheme
form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
coconspire
conspire together
Type of:
plan
make plans for something

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