One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plot of land.‘they looked out over the plats of dark ground’
piece of ground, patch, area, location, parcel, tract, allotment, acreageView synonyms
- ‘On new blocks, city employees had to recreate plat lines to determine on whose property weeds grew.’
- ‘The plat contained expansive grounds for parks, a railroad right-of-way, and railyards.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A map or plan of an area of land showing actual or proposed features.
blueprint, drawing, scale drawing, diagram, sketch, chart, map, layout, artist's impressionView synonyms
- ‘In addition, Cannon includes, throughout the book, an extensive collection of black-and-white photographs and assorted plat maps of the town and vicinity.’
- ‘Most plat books present the information in map form.’
- ‘This map was completed by incorporating prairie sites that were indicated on plat maps for the remaining areas of Alabama.’
- ‘The ‘poor farm’ was indicated on land plats for 1916, but no new home was built.’
- ‘Cooper's commercial interests kept it that way even as late as 1842 when a plat made of Poplar Farm showed how little forest remained.’
- ‘Several early maps and plats richly amplify the author's argument.’
- ‘We estimated the location of each individual vising signal strength, distance, and landscape configuration to map all individual locations on county plat maps.’
- ‘However, the location of a kiln is plotted on three separate survey plats of the mountaintop done between 1806 and 1809.’
- ‘Hutchins' job was to measure it out and map it on a surveyor's plat.’
- ‘Looking at the strong outlines in the early city plats and plans, we too readily imagine Charleston girded with a stone citadel.’
- ‘Gary checked out the plat and there's an easement that runs along the west end of your property to the other parcel.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]North American
Plan out or make a map of (an area of land, especially a proposed site for construction)‘he bought back the site, platted it, and named it after his realtor’
design, draw up a plan of, make a drawing of, draw up a layout of, sketch out, make a map of, map out, make a representation ofView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The change presumably was made because of the post office established at the newly platted village at the mouth of the Kankakee.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The cemetery looks down on the flat bed of what was once the huge inland sea known at Lake Bonneville, the valley floor where the original city was platted.’
Late Middle English: variant of the noun plot in the sense ‘piece of ground’. The current verb sense dates from the early 18th century.
noun & verb
- variant spelling of plait
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