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plot (n.)

late Old English plot "small piece of ground of defined shape," a word of unknown origin. The sense of "ground plan," and thus "map, chart, survey of a field, farm, etc." is from 1550s. Plat is a Middle English collateral form. The meaning "a secret, plan, fully formulated scheme" (usually to accomplish some evil purpose) is from 1580s, probably by accidental similarity to complot, from Old French complot "combined plan" (compare the sense evolution of plan), itself a word of unknown origin, perhaps a back-formation from compeloter "to roll into a ball," from pelote "ball." OED says "The usage probably became widely known in connexion with the 'Gunpowder Plot.' "

Meaning "set of events in a story, play, novel, etc." is from 1640s. Plot-line (n.) "main features of a story" is attested by 1957.

plot (v.)

1580s, "to make a map or diagram of, lay down on paper according to scale;" also "to lay plans for, conspire to effect or bring about" (usually with evil intent), from plot (n.). Intransitive sense of "to form a plan or device" is from c. 1600. Related: Plotted; plotter; plotting.

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Definitions of plot from WordNet
1
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
2
plot (n.)
a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal);
they concocted a plot to discredit the governor
Synonyms: secret plan / game
plot (n.)
a small area of ground covered by specific vegetation;
a bean plot
Synonyms: plot of land / plot of ground / patch
plot (n.)
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.;
the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal
plot (n.)
a chart or graph showing the movements or progress of an object;
From wordnet.princeton.edu