- 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 governmentMore example sentences
conspiracy, intrigue, secret plan; machinations
- I have no ulterior motives, no plots or secret schemes.
- A bungling thief who masterminded a plot to defraud cashpoint customers by installing a camera in an ATM machine has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
- Eight other terror suspects, cleared of the poison plot, were also illegal immigrants.
- 2The main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.More example sentences
- The plot of a film noir, generically speaking, is an ironic romance in which the knight's quest is driven by vice instead of virtue.
- As promised in the title, the main plot of the novel revolves around a surgical operation of epic proportions.
- The complex plot of the novel explores many things.
- 3A small piece of ground marked out for a purpose such as building or gardening: a vegetable plotMore example sentences
- The original owners of Ellenborough Park also owned the surrounding land, which they sold off in plots for building purposes.
- Over the last two months everybody at the school has been busy with the planting of a bog garden, a vegetable plot and a Spring Clean of the grounds.
- Men in the garden weeding the vegetable plot, while others are tending to the animals meet us.
- 4A graph showing the relation between two variables.More example sentences
- Interpreting that information is not like interpreting a simple plot or graph.
- Ternary plots are then produced to show the similarities of the populations in the database, in particular between those samples in the same population as the sample being identified.
- One of the easiest ways to spot the patterns in the data is to produce ternary plots which emphasise how the elements in a sample are associated with one another.
- 4.1chiefly US A diagram, chart, or map.More example sentences
- Rather than compressing all of the information into a single diagram, plots represent the distribution of the quartet distance geometries.
- Residual plots indicate a well-specified model where there is a lack of pattern between the standardized residuals and their predicted values.
- In the contour plot, red indicates the most probable conformations.
verb (plots, plotting, plotted)[with object] Back to top
- 1Secretly make plans to carry out (an illegal or harmful action): the two men are serving sentences for plotting a bomb campaign [no object]: Erica has been plotting against me all alongMore example sentences
- I think that when I sleep, or when I'm out doing whatever, they are secretly plotting against me.
- France nurtured what was essentially a myth of a united people, secretly despising and plotting against the occupiers for five years.
- If he is indeed plotting against us, his plans will be foiled.
- 2Devise the sequence of events in (a play, novel, movie, or similar work).More example sentences
- In answering a question about his collages he talks about why he could never plot a novel.
- Is there a particular process when you begin plotting your work or does it differ?
- I'm hoping I can divert my attention and go back to plotting my novel.
- 3Mark (a route or position) on a chart: he started to plot lines of ancient sitesMore example sentences
- Many hardboat skippers have PCs by the helm, displaying electronic charts, plotting their position from a GPS interface and even steering the boat's auto-pilot.
- Furthermore, the bike can't stop to evaluate its position and plot a new route; everything must be done in real time.
- Then it was back to the charts, where each team planned a route and then plotted a magnetic course to steer for each leg of the 13-mile trip to Block Island.
- 3.1Mark out or allocate (points) on a graph.More example sentences
- Surely the chaos game algorithm will plot the same point multiple times.
- Approximately, only every fifth data point is actually plotted on the graphs.
- The article abounds with graphs sporting unlabeled axes, imprecise axis scales, inaccurately plotted points, and confused methods explanations.
- 3.2Make (a curve) by marking out a number of points on a graph.More example sentences
- Survival curves were plotted and the significance of differences between life spans of strains was analyzed using the Mann-Whitney test.
- Receiver operating characteristic curves were plotted for the early and late stages of the disease in both the areas.
- You can plot a curve (a reaction function) showing the cost or benefit to firm A for each price.
- 3.3Illustrate by use of a graph: it is possible to plot fairly closely the rate at which recruitment of girls increasedMore example sentences
- The graph plots the cancer rate for each sex within 10-year age bands for the UK in 1999.
- Page 7 of the PDF has a nice set of graphs that plot the measured personality characteristics as a function of age.
- He holds up a graph plotting the dramatically dropping rates of the hormone over a woman's life, a drop that parallels the drop in estrogen levels.
lose the plot
- • 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 plotMore example sentences
- He never had any ambition to make tons of money, he just wanted to produce great ads, and when people couldn't understand his vision he'd totally lose the plot.
- Sometimes I really think my parents have lost the plot.
- The world around him was an illusion; he had lost the plot.
the plot thickens
- see thicken.
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- Like the novel, the movie is essentially plotless.
- The film has been described as plotless, which is unfair.
- Both film and play are essentially plotless, depending heavily on strong performances from the leading couple.