One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plot of land.
piece of ground, patch, area, location, parcel, tract, allotment, acreageView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
- ‘We estimated the location of each individual vising signal strength, distance, and landscape configuration to map all individual locations on county plat maps.’
- ‘The ‘poor farm’ was indicated on land plats for 1916, but no new home was built.’
- ‘Looking at the strong outlines in the early city plats and plans, we too readily imagine Charleston girded with a stone citadel.’
- ‘This map was completed by incorporating prairie sites that were indicated on plat maps for the remaining areas of Alabama.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most plat books present the information in map form.’
- ‘Hutchins' job was to measure it out and map it on a surveyor's plat.’
- ‘However, the location of a kiln is plotted on three separate survey plats of the mountaintop done between 1806 and 1809.’
- ‘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).
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 the same three-year period, nearly 400 town sites were platted.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 change presumably was made because of the post office established at the newly platted village at the mouth of the Kankakee.’
Late Middle English: variant of the noun plot in the sense ‘piece of ground’. The current verb sense dates from the early 18th century.
verb & noun
- variant spelling of plait
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