a lot

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1. a lot or lots Informal
a. A large extent, amount, or number: is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends.
b. Used adverbially to mean "to a great degree or extent" or "frequently": felt a lot better; ran lots faster; doesn't go out a whole lot; has seen her lots lately.
c. A number of associated people or things: placating an angry lot of tenants; kids who were a noisy lot.
d. Miscellaneous articles sold as one unit: a lot of stamps sold at an auction.
e. An individual of a particular kind or type: That dog is a contented lot.
a. A piece of land having specific boundaries, especially one constituting a part of a city, town, or block.
b. A piece of land used for a given purpose: a parking lot.
c. The complete grounds of a film studio.
d. The outdoor area of a film studio.
a. An object used in making a determination or choice at random: casting lots to see who will go first.
b. The use of objects in making a determination or choice at random: chosen by lot.
c. The determination or choice so made: The lot fell on the widow's only son.
d. One's fortune in life; one's fate: It was her lot to struggle for years in obscurity.
tr.v. lot·ted, lot·ting, lots
1. To apportion by lots; allot.
2. To divide (land) into lots.
3. To divide (goods) into lots for sale.

[Middle English, from Old English hlot.]


In the Bible, Abraham's nephew, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back as they fled Sodom.
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Adv.1.a lot - to a very great degree or extent; "I feel a lot better"; "we enjoyed ourselves very much"; "she was very much interested"; "this would help a great deal"
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(lot) noun
1. a person's fortune or fate. It seemed to be her lot to be always unlucky.
2. a separate part. She gave one lot of clothes to a jumble sale and threw another lot away.
3. one article or several, sold as a single item at an auction. Are you going to bid for lot 28?
lots noun plural
a large quantity or number. lots of people; She had lots and lots of food left over from the party.
a lot
a large quantity or number. What a lot of letters!
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References in classic literature ?
Spects they's gwine to trade ye off with a lot o' cracked tea-pots and sich like
Caverly was what the world of New York, in 1832, called poor; that is to say, he had no known bank-stock, did not own a lot on the island, was director of neither bank nor insurance company, and lived in a modest two-story house, in White street.
You're one of a lot of impostors that are the worst lot of all the lots to be met with.
He didn't sleep much, he was in such a sweat to get in there and find out the mystery about Phillips; and moreover he done a lot of guessing about it all night, which warn't no use, for if you are going to find out the facts of a thing, what's the sense in guessing out what ain't the facts and wasting ammunition?
What a lot of those Frenchies were taken today, and the fact is that not one of them had what you might call real boots on," said a soldier, starting a new theme.
Just as it is when the PRETTY hair-ribbons come in the barrels after a lot of faded-out brown ones.
And he kept on getting still more pets; and of course it cost a lot to feed them.
I've been thinking a lot of our talk," he began, "and I've got an idea I'd like to give it a flutter.
They are a deal of trouble, and they make a place untidy and they cost a lot of money to keep; but still you would not have the house without them.
We got an old tin lantern, and a butcher-knife with- out any handle, and a bran-new Barlow knife worth two bits in any store, and a lot of tallow candles, and a tin candlestick, and a gourd, and a tin cup, and a ratty old bedquilt off the bed, and a reticule with needles and pins and beeswax and buttons and thread and all such truck in it, and a hatchet and some nails, and a fishline as thick as my little finger with some mon- strous hooks on it, and a roll of buckskin, and a leather dog-collar, and a horseshoe, and some vials of medicine that didn't have no label on them; and just as we was leaving I found a tolerable good curry-comb, and Jim he found a ratty old fiddle-bow, and a wooden leg.