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plot British & World English

A plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful

plot English Thesaurus

a plot to overthrow the government

box plot British & World English

A simple way of representing statistical data on a plot in which a rectangle is drawn to represent the second and third quartiles, usually with a vertical line inside to indicate the median value. The lower and upper quartiles are shown as horizontal lines either side of the rectangle

plot line British & World English

The course or main features of the plot of a play, novel, or film

seed plot British & World English

Old-fashioned term for seedbed.

plot ratio British & World English

A ratio representing the density of building in a specified area of land

plot twist British & World English

An unexpected development in a book, film, television programme, etc.

Popish Plot British & World English

A fictitious Jesuit plot concocted by Titus Oates in 1678, involving a plan to kill Charles II, massacre Protestants, and put the Catholic Duke of York on the English throne. The ‘discovery’ of the plot led to widespread panic and the execution of about thirty-five Catholics

Gunpowder Plot British & World English

A conspiracy by a small group of Catholic extremists to blow up James I and his Parliament on 5 November 1605

Scatchard plot British & World English

A plot of the concentration of a solute absorbed by a protein, membrane, cell, etc., against its concentration in the surrounding medium

lose the plot British & World English

Lose one’s ability to understand or cope with what is happening

the plot thickens British & World English

Used when a situation is becoming more and more complicated and puzzling

subplot British & World English

A subordinate plot in a play, novel, or similar work

lose the plot in plot British & World English

Lose one’s ability to understand or cope with what is happening

counterplot British & World English

A plot intended to thwart another plot

Nyquist diagram British & World English

A representation of the vector response of a feedback system (especially an amplifier) as a complex graphical plot showing the relationship between feedback and gain

Nyquist plot in Nyquist diagram British & World English

A representation of the vector response of a feedback system (especially an amplifier) as a complex graphical plot showing the relationship between feedback and gain

scatter diagram British & World English

A graph in which the values of two variables are plotted along two axes, the pattern of the resulting points revealing any correlation present

scatter plot in scatter diagram British & World English

A graph in which the values of two variables are plotted along two axes, the pattern of the resulting points revealing any correlation present

the plot thickens in thicken British & World English

Used when a situation is becoming more and more complicated and puzzling

box-and-whisker plot in box plot British & World English

A simple way of representing statistical data on a plot in which a rectangle is drawn to represent the second and third quartiles, usually with a vertical line inside to indicate the median value. The lower and upper quartiles are shown as horizontal lines either side of the rectangle