noun Date: 1830 1. a subordinate plot in fiction or drama 2. a subdivision of an experimental plot of land

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  • subplot — (n.) also sub plot, 1812 in literature, from SUB (Cf. sub ) + PLOT (Cf. plot) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • subplot — [sub′plät΄] n. a secondary plot in a play, novel, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Subplot — A subplot, sometimes referred to as a B story or a C story and so on, is a secondary plot strand that is auxiliary to the main plot.Subplots may connect to main plots, in either time and place or in thematic significance. Subplots often involve… …   Wikipedia

  • subplot — noun a) A plot within a story, subsidiary to the main plot. Subplot, a story line enclosed within the principal story to provide relief from the main plots tension, add character dimension, etc. b) A subdivision of a plot of land, especially one… …   Wiktionary

  • subplot — sub|plot [ˈsʌbplɔt US pla:t] n a ↑plot (=set of events) that is connected with but less important than the main plot in a story, play etc ▪ the novel s romantic subplot …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • subplot — /ˈsʌbplɒt/ (say subplot) noun a secondary plot in a play, novel, etc., as distinct from the main plot. {sub + plot1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • subplot — /sub plot /, n. a secondary or subordinate plot, as in a play, novel, or other literary work; underplot. Cf. counterplot (def. 2). [1915 20; SUB + PLOT] * * * …   Universalium

  • subplot — Synonyms and related words: action, anagnorisis, angle, architectonics, architecture, argument, atmosphere, background, catastrophe, characterization, color, complication, continuity, contrivance, denouement, design, development, device, episode …   Moby Thesaurus

  • subplot — sub|plot [ sʌb,plat ] noun count a story in a novel, movie, or play that is separate from the main story, and less important …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • subplot — see sub plot …   English dictionary

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