1a plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful: [with infinitive]:there’s a plot to overthrow the government
2the main events of a play, novel, film, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence:the plot consists almost entirely of a man and woman falling in love [with modifier]:he outlined his idea for a movie plot
3a small piece of ground marked out for a purpose such as building or gardening:a vegetable plot
4a graph showing the relation between two variables.
chiefly US a diagram, chart, or map.
verb (plots, plotting, plotted)
1secretly make plans to carry out (an illegal or harmful action):the two men are serving sentences for plotting a bomb campaign [no object]:brother plots against brother
2devise the sequence of events in (a play, novel, film, or similar work):she would plot a chapter as she drove [no object]:in a crime story you have to plot carefully to achieve the surprise at the end
3mark (a route or position) on a chart:he started to plot lines of ancient sites
mark out or allocate (points) on a graph:the dependent variable’s points are plotted on the Y axis
make (a curve) by marking out a number of points on a graph:a cooling curve is plotted and the freezing point determined
illustrate by use of a graph:it is possible to plot fairly closely the rate at which recruitment of girls increased
lose the plot
British informal lose one’s ability to understand or cope with what is happening:many people believe that he is feeling the strain or has lost the plot
late Old English (in sense 3 of the noun), of unknown origin. The sense 'secret plan', dating from the late 16th century, is associated with Old French complot 'dense crowd, secret project', the same term being used occasionally in English from the mid 16th century Compare with plat1