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story lineor sto·ry·line (stôr′ē-līn′)
1. The plot of a story or dramatic work.
2. One of the narrative strands forming a complex story: "Murr, a bracingly straightforward writer whose flourishes are rare and subtle ... dexterously advances multiple story lines, overlapping them now and then with rich results" (Mark Kamine).
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the plot of a book, film, play, etc
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n., v. plot•ted, plot•ting. n.
1. a secret plan or scheme to accomplish a usu. evil purpose.
2. the main story of a literary or dramatic work.
3. a small piece of ground: a garden plot.
4. a measured parcel of land: a two-acre plot.
6. to plan secretly or conspiratorially: to plot mutiny.
7. to mark on a plan, map, or chart, as the course of a ship.
8. to draw a plan or map of, as a tract of land or a building.
9. to divide (land) into plots.
a. to determine and mark (points), as on graph paper, by means of measurements or coordinates.
b. to draw (a curve) by means of points so marked.
c. to represent by means of such a curve.
d. to make (a calculation) by graph.
11. to devise or construct the plot of (a play, novel, etc.).v.i.
12. to plan or scheme secretly.
13. to devise the plot of a literary work.
[before 1100; Middle English, Old English; influenced in sense by plat1, complot]
syn: See conspiracy.
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