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a coup plot
▪ He was imprisoned for his part in a coup plot against the regime.
a plot/parcel of land (=a piece of land)
▪ They farmed a small plot of land.
a vegetable garden/patch/plot
▪ Anna was digging in the vegetable garden.
plan/plot a coup
▪ They were arrested and accused of plotting a coup against the government.
plot sth on a graph (=to draw marks or a line to show facts, numbers etc on a graph)
▪ The different values can be plotted on a graph.
▪ Shortly before the elections the federal government had released details of an alleged plot to take Sabah out of the Federation.
▪ Looking back, he saw that, for almost a week, he had kept himself going with little schemes and plots.
▪ Genuine land reform is not about breaking up highly productive commercial farms into little plots for subsistence farmers.
▪ Some of the people had little plots of their own where they planted flowers.
▪ And anyway, there are always little plots.
▪ I have been growing small plots for some years, but have not yet solved the problem of threshing.
▪ All are welcome no matter if you only have a small plot.
▪ Apart from the small plots given to each member family for their house and garden, all the land is farmed collectively.
▪ A small cemetery plot had been added since my last visit.
▪ Daley, as it turned out, seemed to be the only person who knew about an assassination plot.
▪ Martin pressed himself back into the burial plot, his fear of it temporarily forgotten in the face of this new terror.
▪ I cried all the way back to the farm and then all the way to the burial plot in our west hill.
▪ The story of the purchase of Sarah's burial plot is comedy, and comedy frequently takes delight in debunking heroes.
▪ Bartering for a burial plot Genesis 22 has, not surprisingly, provided inspiration to many artists.
▪ It can not cover newspaper announcements, private burial plots or memorials.
▪ Rumblings from recent abortive coup plots coupled with an erosion of army discipline have reportedly weakened Guei's grip on the military.
▪ On Aug. 1 the government announced that it had discovered a coup plot.
▪ He has no strength for a plot line, only images.
▪ Some children are fortunate in that their parents or teachers provide an excited audience for their ideas and plot lines.
▪ The stories had the melodramatic plot lines of comic books or soap operas.
▪ This 1919 film is notable for its stunning expressionist sets and super plot twist at the end.
▪ And yet another plot twist was aired in court Wednesday.
▪ And so it's no surprise that at this point there's a plot twist to introduce the villains of the hour.
▪ But anyone seeking a fresh characterization or clever plot twist ought not to buy a ride on this Murphy vehicle.
▪ Small children in the audience could be heard objecting rather strenuously to this plot twist.
▪ Look for anything that gives them a better chance of following the plot.
▪ This enables them to slip over the difficult words or phrases, while following the central plot.
▪ The court heard that a desperate financial crisis and debts of more than £40,000 drove Shooter to hatch his unsuccessful plot.
▪ One police source said Petrovits hatched the plot to take the child before he was born.
▪ The Witch King of Naggaroth hatched a new plot.
▪ Police believe this was when he hatched his plot to kill.
▪ Klein next turned up in Rome, where he was involved in a plot to kidnap the pope.
▪ Police believe this was when he hatched his plot to kill.
▪ Court hears of plot to kill Zia.
▪ Minute by minute he lost the plot.
▪ Up to of soil per year were lost from these plots, which compares with less than per year from undisturbed forest.
▪ Starting with the bureaucratic senior officers who seem to have lost the plot on what policing should be about.
▪ That is where, alas, we may lose the plot.
▪ We think they have lost the plot.
▪ Unfortunately, half way through it loses the plot and its authenticity and sadly slips into excruciatingly painful white boy reggae mode.
hatch a plot/plan/deal etc
this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England
▪ a plot to assassinate the President.
▪ a family plot
▪ Janis was suspected of masterminding a plot against US airlines in East Asia.
▪ The plot was boring, but the special effects were good.
▪ The plot was quickly discovered, and five men were arrested.
▪ The plot was so complicated that I was totally confused by the time I was two chapters in.
▪ The book doesn't have much of a plot, but it's characters are fantastic.
▪ Although the plot failed, the reaction it engendered is significant.
▪ But then the plot began to thicken.
▪ He is the first person to be buried in this family plot, which he has bought.
▪ Jeffrey's family and supporters suspected it to be a plot hatched by Captain Lake and his friends.
▪ The harbor; suddenly, was a coastal graveyard, one headstone overturning, and one plot coming undone.
▪ The second is currently being tendered, and the bids are to be invited soon for the third plot.
▪ Companies often use details of education to plot out salary curves and promotion prospects.
▪ The design process in many cases begins on a computer, which is used to plot out a three-dimensional design.
▪ This should help us plot out the distribution of the staff round the factory at various times during those hours.
▪ He also looked over our shoulders while we plotted the charts, watching for any slip-ups.
▪ As the process runs, further sample means are plotted on the control chart.
▪ And then racing back to Huntingdon to plot a few more charts, sometimes hitch-hiking all the way to save the fare money.
▪ Confirmed individual reservations, walk-ins or chance guests are plotted on the chart as they occur.
▪ To determine the most appropriate international marketing strategy, products could be plotted on a chart similar to that below.
▪ It was reported that he would be tried by a military court on corruption charges and for plotting an alleged coup.
▪ The prisoners are accused of plotting a coup against the Government.
▪ For plotting a course you had to have an accurate speedometer.
▪ These goals are the guiding buoys for firms plotting their course in the turbulent waters of electronic commerce.
▪ This pleased Lucy, who plotted their position and course.
▪ These principles essentially define the subject: they are the bearings that teachers need to take in order to plot their course.
▪ When a sample with an unknown level of that element is analysed its concentration can be plotted on the calibration curve.
▪ Companies often use details of education to plot out salary curves and promotion prospects.
▪ Data plotting above the standard curve were considered to represent uplifted Bunter Shale section.
▪ We therefore also plotted individual dose-response curves of log plasma gastrin against the basal-subtracted acid output.
▪ For your heading-tape quantity, you will need to plot the curve as below and double the measurement.
▪ When plotting monthly or quarterly data, graph paper ruled into twelve divisions instead of ten is invaluable.
▪ Never try to fit a line before you have plotted the data to see if it is a sensible thing to do.
▪ Indeed, claim Thatcherites, it was the Blue Chips who plotted her downfall in November 1990.
▪ This data is plotted in Figure 6. 1.
▪ The results are plotted in figure 9.10.
▪ The data plotted in Figure 3.28 clearly shows that the situation is, in fact, somewhat more complex than this.
▪ She plotted the figures on a large-scale map with the help of aerial photographs.
▪ At the end of August Kerensky abruptly denounced Kornilov for plotting to overthrow the government.
▪ Eighteen months later, Wei resurfaced when charges were brought against him for plotting to overthrow the government.
▪ Another use would be in a graph plotting program to accept the mathematical equation you wished to plot.
▪ When scientists draw graphs they typically plot a scattering of points which show some pattern.
▪ She plotted them on a map.
▪ Its path is plotted on our star map, with its position marked every fifth morning.
▪ He was one of twelve people accused of rigging bids on construction projects, intervening in union elections, and plotting murders.
▪ If they get there the men plot all kinds of strategies to get them out of such posts.
▪ Throughout the winter, Kea and Kathy had plotted strategies to gain the Working Groups wider acceptance in the parish.
▪ And as the dying merchant prince lay in bed, he plotted his last great strategy for the enhancement of Seattle.
▪ They spend far more time plotting strategy than they do wondering whether they should do the deals.
▪ The prisoners are accused of plotting a coup against the Government.
▪ These groups have also been accused of plotting to trigger more race riots in Oldham and Bradford.
▪ That morning Branson was inundated by telephone calls from his colleagues, accusing him of plotting to destroy them.
▪ After completing the magnificent castle, Hengist began plotting his mastery of the kingdom.
▪ I also began to plot my departure from Paris.
▪ And so he began to plot.
this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England
Plotting against the government was punishable by death.
▪ She spent months plotting revenge.
▪ The court heard how Mrs Taylor and her lover had plotted the murder of her husband.
▪ The results are plotted in figure 6.1.
▪ Three men were charged with plotting to plant the biggest bomb ever in Central London.
▪ Cheaper flatbed plotters, capable of plotting on sheets of A4 or A3 size paper, can be interfaced to personal computers.
▪ Crumey has his fun, but plots his farce elegantly.
▪ Eddie is merely reactive plotting device.
▪ Hence, neither the historical dynamics of myths nor their impact upon present culture can be traced with confidence or systematically plotted.
▪ I intricately plotted the conversations beforehand.
▪ The results are plotted in figure 9.10.
▪ The same data are plotted in b but the species are categorised into three different life styles denoted by different symbols.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plot \Plot\, n. [AS. plot; cf. Goth. plats a patch. Cf. Plat a piece of ground.]

  1. A small extent of ground; a plat; as, a garden plot.

  2. A plantation laid out. [Obs.]
    --Sir P. Sidney.

  3. (Surv.) A plan or draught of a field, farm, estate, etc., drawn to a scale.


Plot \Plot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Plotting.] To make a plot, map, pr plan, of; to mark the position of on a plan; to delineate.

This treatise plotteth down Cornwall as it now standeth.


Plot \Plot\, n. [Abbrev. from complot.]

  1. Any scheme, stratagem, secret design, or plan, of a complicated nature, adapted to the accomplishment of some purpose, usually a treacherous and mischievous one; a conspiracy; an intrigue; as, the Rye-house Plot.

    I have overheard a plot of death.

    O, think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots and their last fatal periods!

  2. A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any stratagem or conspiracy. [Obs.]

    And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had any plot in the divorce.

  3. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or intrigue. [Obs.] ``A man of much plot.''

  4. A plan; a purpose. ``No other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls.''
    --Jer. Taylor.

  5. In fiction, the story of a play, novel, romance, or poem, comprising a complication of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means.

    If the plot or intrigue must be natural, and such as springs from the subject, then the winding up of the plot must be a probable consequence of all that went before.

    Syn: Intrigue; stratagem; conspiracy; cabal; combination; contrivance.


Plot \Plot\ (pl[o^]t), v. i.

  1. To form a scheme of mischief against another, especially against a government or those who administer it; to conspire.

    The wicked plotteth against the just.
    --Ps. xxxvii. 1

  2. 2. To contrive a plan or stratagem; to scheme.

    The prince did plot to be secretly gone.
    --Sir H. Wotton.


Plot \Plot\, v. t. To plan; to scheme; to devise; to contrive secretly. ``Plotting an unprofitable crime.''
--Dryden. ``Plotting now the fall of others.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "to lay plans for" (usually with evil intent); 1590s in the literal sense of "to make a map or diagram," from plot (n.). Related: Plotted; plotter; plotting.


Old English plot "small piece of ground," of unknown origin. Sense of "ground plan," and thus "map, chart" is 1550s; that of "a secret, plan, scheme" is 1580s, probably by accidental similarity to complot, from Old French complot "combined plan," of unknown origin, perhaps a back-formation from compeloter "to roll into a ball," from pelote "ball." Meaning "set of events in a story" is from 1640s. Plot-line (n.) attested from 1957.


n. 1 The course of a story, comprising a series of incidents which are gradually unfolded, sometimes by unexpected means. 2 An area or land used for building on or planting on. 3 A graph or diagram drawn by hand or produced by a mechanical or electronic device. 4 A secret plan to achieve an end, the end or means usually being illegal or otherwise questionable. 5 Contrivance; deep reach thought; ability to plot or intrigue. 6 Participation in any stratagem or conspiracy. 7 A plan; a purpose. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To conceive (a crime, etc). 2 (context transitive English) To trace out (a graph or diagram). 3 (context transitive English) To mark (a point on a graph, chart, etc). 4 (context intransitive English) To conceive a crime, misdeed, etc.

  1. n. a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start" [syn: secret plan, game]

  2. a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation; "a bean plot"; "a cabbage patch"; "a briar patch" [syn: plot of ground, patch]

  3. the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"

  4. a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object

  5. [also: plotting, plotted]

  1. v. plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow fo the government"

  2. make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows how things work or how they are constructed [syn: diagram]

  3. make a plat of; "Plat the town" [syn: plat]

  4. [also: plotting, plotted]

Plot (narrative)

Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect. The causal events of a plot can be thought of as a series of sentences linked by "and so." Plots can vary from simple structures such as in a traditional ballad to complex interwoven structures sometimes referred to as an imbroglio. The term plot can serve as a verb and refer to a character planning future actions in the story.

In the narrative sense, the term highlights the important points which have important consequences within the story, according to Ansen Dibell. The term is similar in meaning to the term storyline.


Plot may refer to:

Plot (film)

Plot (, released in the US as The French Conspiracy) is a 1972 French-Italian thriller film directed by Yves Boisset, inspired by the assassination of Mehdi Ben Barka in Paris. It was entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize.

Plot (graphics)

A plot is a graphical technique for representing a data set, usually as a graph showing the relationship between two or more variables. The plot can be drawn by hand or by a mechanical or electronic plotter. Graphs are a visual representation of the relationship between variables, very useful for humans who can quickly derive an understanding which would not come from lists of values. Graphs can also be used to read off the value of an unknown variable plotted as a function of a known one. Graphs of functions are used in mathematics, sciences, engineering, technology, finance, and other areas.

Plot (radar)

In naval terminology a Plot is a graphic display that shows all collated data from a ship's on-board sensors i.e. radar, sonar and EW systems. They also displayed information from external sources i.e. other vessel or aircraft reports. There are four different types of plot, each with varying capabilities i.e. range, depending on their role;

  • Air Plot: Used for tracking air contacts i.e. planes and EW information
  • Surface Plot: Used for tracking contacts on the surface of the water i.e. other ships. It can also perform a variety of roles such as;
    • Providing a trace of a ship's own course and speed over time
    • Plotting the position of a man overboard
    • Can be used in naval gunfire support missions to plot unidentified contacts and keep track of friendly forces
    • It also plays an important part in anti-submarine warfare operations and using Torpedoes
  • Sub-Surface Plot: Used for tracking contacts below the surface of the water i.e. submarines
  • General Operations Plot: Used for tracking shipping on a large scale chart. Was also used to display exercise boundaries, airlanes and other significant features of maritime interest. In the Royal Australian Navy, the scale used was generally per .

Usage examples of "plot".

And he has to answer for much more than aiding and abetting you with your plot to fool the old man.

Letters were found at the Admiralty which revealed the complicity of the Reverend Father Agaric in the plot.

On three occasions assassination plots resulted in the deaths of Alvarado clones who were playing the role of the Maximum Leader at public ceremonies.

Liysa had outlined her very detailed plot to fake amnesia so that she could break up with Tim without any recriminations.

So, as the king returned and tried to reestablish himself on the throne, as plots and counterplots swirled over the country like a snow blizzard, I left my room in Merton Street and went to the library, where I unbundled and catalogued and read and annotated until not even candlelight permitted me to work any longer.

Evan joined him, and they silently studied the smooth, disciplined functioning of the plot room, Arris with satisfaction and Evan doubtless with the same.

I was astonished beyond measure that this man who had plotted my assassination should speak of me as an intimate friend, and I determined to conceal my feelings and await events.

And here he was, plotting with Bahu and the forces of history to subvert their world.

In accordance with the plot I had laid against the count, I began by shewing myself demonstratively fond of Betty, envying the fortunate lover, praising his heroic behaviour in leaving her to me, and so forth.

To his surprise, as he was about to emerge from a berceau on to a plot of turf, in the centre of which grew a large cedar, he beheld a lady in a riding-habit standing before the tree, and evidently admiring its beautiful proportions.

EQ plots are also very much like friendly letters, full of little asides in which he explains to Manny where this or that idea came from or what movie actor Boucher had in mind in creating this or that suspect.

ICE WATER AND BOMBS While Ronnie Bucca began his first weeks on the job as an FDNY fire marshal, Ramzi Yousef was halfway around the world plotting to use his skills as a bomb maker to wreak havoc for the jihad.

But when reporter Marshall Hogan and pastor Hank Busche begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous plot to subjugate the townspeople-and eventually the entire human race.

Thus Newcastle resigned and Lord Bute held that position for which he had long schemed and plotted.

That smile came very near disconcerting the plot of Master Byles Gridley.