Main definitions of plat in English

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plat1

noun

North American
  • 1A plot of land.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plat contained expansive grounds for parks, a railroad right-of-way, and railyards.’
    • ‘On new blocks, city employees had to recreate plat lines to determine on whose property weeds grew.’
    • ‘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.’
    piece of ground, patch, area, location, parcel, tract, allotment, acreage
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    1. 1.1 A map or plan of an area of land showing actual or proposed features.
      • ‘Looking at the strong outlines in the early city plats and plans, we too readily imagine Charleston girded with a stone citadel.’
      • ‘However, the location of a kiln is plotted on three separate survey plats of the mountaintop done between 1806 and 1809.’
      • ‘We estimated the location of each individual vising signal strength, distance, and landscape configuration to map all individual locations on county plat maps.’
      • ‘Gary checked out the plat and there's an easement that runs along the west end of your property to the other parcel.’
      • ‘This map was completed by incorporating prairie sites that were indicated on plat maps for the remaining areas of Alabama.’
      • ‘Hutchins' job was to measure it out and map it on a surveyor's plat.’
      • ‘In addition, Cannon includes, throughout the book, an extensive collection of black-and-white photographs and assorted plat maps of the town and vicinity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most plat books present the information in map form.’
      • ‘Several early maps and plats richly amplify the author's argument.’
      • ‘The ‘poor farm’ was indicated on land plats for 1916, but no new home was built.’
      blueprint, drawing, scale drawing, diagram, sketch, chart, map, layout, artist's impression
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Plan out or make a map of (an area of land, especially a proposed site for construction)

    • ‘The change presumably was made because of the post office established at the newly platted village at the mouth of the Kankakee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the same three-year period, nearly 400 town sites were platted.’
    • ‘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 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.’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of the noun plot in the sense piece of ground. The current verb sense dates from the early 18th century.

Pronunciation:

plat

/plat/

Main definitions of plat in English

: plat1plat2

plat2

verb & noun

  • variant spelling of plait

Pronunciation:

plat

/plat/