1A plot of land.
- The plat contained expansive grounds for parks, a railroad right-of-way, and railyards.
- Portland's historic Ladd's Addition neighborhood, for example, which was designed and built between 1905 and 1930, is one of the city's few plats with alleys.
- This is not a rich soil, as it is on the Sussex downlands, and I saw almost no crops at all, but plenty of grass plats, and fields of cattle.
1.1A map or plan of an area of land showing actual or proposed features.
- Looking at the strong outlines in the early city plats and plans, we too readily imagine Charleston girded with a stone citadel.
- Several early maps and plats richly amplify the author's argument.
- Most plat books present the information in map form.
verb (plats, platting, platted)[with object]
Plan out or make a map of (an area of land, especially a proposed site for construction).
- In 1882 Gibson obtained financing from railroad baron James J. Hill to acquire the land, and in 1883 he platted the town site on a north-south axis with meticulously laid out streets and avenues.
- In the same three-year period, nearly 400 town sites were platted.
- Although the town had been platted some five years earlier, in 1888 Great Falls was still a raw village where families who wanted fresh milk kept a cow and grazed her with the town herd.
Late Middle English: variant of the noun plot in the sense 'piece of ground.' The current verb sense dates from the early 18th century.
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