General English


  • noun a small area of cultivated land, which has been clearly defined


  • noun a graph or diagram that shows a relationship between two sets of numbers as a series of points joined by a line
  • verb to calculate and mark a line on a graph or chart, etc.


  • verb to draw an image (especially a graph) based on information supplied as a series of coordinates


  • A measured and defined area of land.
  • A ground plan of a building and adjacent land.


  • A curve or other graphical representation. Also, to draw, trace, print, or display such a curve or graphical representation.
  • To produce an image, such as a curve or other graphical representation, by drawing a series of lines.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to mark co-ordinates and draw a graph using them

Media Studies

  • noun the story or sequence of events in something such as a novel, play or film


  • verb to make a secret plan to carry out an illegal act

Real Estate

  • noun a small piece of ground
  • verb to make a plan or map of something such as a building or estate

Origin & History of “plot”

Two separate and unrelated words have come together to form modern English plot. The earlier was late Old English plot, a term of unknown origin which denoted ‘area of ground’ (as in a ‘plot of land’). this subsequently developed to ‘ground plan’ and ‘diagram’, which formed the basis of ‘set of events in a story’ (first recorded in the 17th century). The other ancestor was Old French complot ‘secret scheme’ (also of unknown origin), which was originally borrowed into English in the 16th century as complot, but soon lost its prefix com-, no doubt under the influence of the already existing noun plot.