Advertisement

plot (n.)

Old English plot "small piece of ground," of unknown origin. Sense of "ground plan," and thus "map, chart" is 1550s; that of "a secret, plan, scheme" is 1580s, probably by accidental similarity to complot, from Old French complot "combined plan," of unknown origin, perhaps a back-formation from compeloter "to roll into a ball," from pelote "ball." Meaning "set of events in a story" is from 1640s. Plot-line (n.) attested from 1957.

plot (v.)

1580s, "to lay plans for" (usually with evil intent); 1590s in the literal sense of "to make a map or diagram," from plot (n.). Related: Plotted; plotter; plotting.

Others Are Reading

Advertisement
Definitions of plot from WordNet

plot (v.)
plan secretly, usually something illegal;
They plotted the overthrow of the government
plot (v.)
make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed;
Synonyms: diagram
plot (v.)
make a plat of;
Synonyms: plat
plot (v.)
devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet);
the writer is plotting a new novel
From wordnet.princeton.edu