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. [1913 Webster]

I have overheard a plot of death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O, think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots and their last fatal periods! --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A share in such a plot or scheme; a participation in any stratagem or conspiracy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And when Christ saith, Who marries the divorced commits adultery, it is to be understood, if he had any plot in the divorce. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Contrivance; deep reach of thought; ability to plot or intrigue. [Obs.] ``A man of much plot.'' --Denham. [1913 Webster]

4. A plan; a purpose. ``No other plot in their religion but serve God and save their souls.'' --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Intrigue; stratagem; conspiracy; cabal; combination; contrivance. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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