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.

Definitions of plot
  1. noun
    a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation
    “a bean plot
    synonyms: patch, plot of ground, plot of land
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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
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    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  2. verb
    make a plat of
    synonyms: plat
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    map
    make a map of; show or establish the features of details of
  3. noun
    a chart, map, or graphic representation showing progress, distribution, etc.
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    chart
    a visual display of information
  4. verb
    make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
    synonyms: diagram
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    graph
    plot upon a graph
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    draw
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
  5. noun
    the story that is told as in a novel, play, movie, etc.
    “the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal”
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    action
    the series of events that form a plot
    plot line, storyline
    the plot of a book or play or film
    subplot
    a subordinate or secondary plot in a work of fiction
    rising action
    a series of plot events that build up toward the climax of a narrative
    falling action
    the series of plot events following the climax of a narrative
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    story
    a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events
  6. verb
    devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
    “the writer is plotting a new novel”
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    contrive, design, plan, project
    make or work out a plan for; devise
  7. noun
    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
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    scheme, strategy
    an elaborate and systematic plan of action
  8. verb
    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
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    plan
    make plans for something
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