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plot

 (plŏt)
n.
1.
a. A small piece of ground, generally used for a specific purpose: a garden plot.
b. A measured area of land; a lot.
2. A ground plan, as for a building; a diagram.
3. See graph1.
4. The pattern or sequence of interrelated events in a work of fiction, as a novel or film.
5. A secret plan to accomplish a hostile or illegal purpose; a scheme.
v. plot·ted, plot·ting, plots
v.tr.
1. To represent graphically, as on a chart: plot a ship's course.
2. Mathematics
a. To locate (points or other figures) on a graph by means of coordinates.
b. To draw (a curve) connecting points on a graph.
3. To write or develop the plot of: "I began plotting novels at about the time I learned to read" (James Baldwin).
4. To form a plot for; prearrange secretly or deviously: plot an assassination.
v.intr.
1. To form or take part in a plot; scheme: were plotting for months before the attack.
2. To write or develop the plot for a work of fiction: A good mystery writer must plot well.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

plot′less adj.
plot′less·ness n.
plot′ter n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plotted - planned in advanceplotted - planned in advance; "with malice aforethought"
premeditated - characterized by deliberate purpose and some degree of planning; "a premeditated crime"
References in classic literature ?
If Rebecca had plotted for days, and with the utmost cunning, she could not have effected an entrance into that forbidden country, and now, unknown to both of them, the gate swung on its stiff and rusty hinges, and the favoring wind of opportunity opened it wider and wider as time went on.
Somebody has plotted something: you cannot too soon find out who and what it is.
We heard him mount the stairs directly; he did not proceed to his ordinary chamber, but turned into that with the panelled bed: its window, as I mentioned before, is wide enough for anybody to get through; and it struck me that he plotted another midnight excursion, of which he had rather we had no suspicion.
So, the captain's enemy plotted against him in the privacy of her own chamber, while the captain watched the light in her window from the beach outside.
I ain't a-going, if I know it, to run the risk of being plotted against.
He did not fear me or believe that I plotted against him, I who was his dog.