lot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lot), [key]
— n., v., adv. lot•ted, lot•ting,
  1. one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.
  2. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something: to choose a person by lot.
  3. the decision or choice made by such a method.
  4. allotted share or portion: to receive one's lot of an inheritance.
  5. the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny: Her lot had not been a happy one.
  6. a distinct portion or piece of land: a building lot.
  7. a piece of land forming a part of a district, city, or other community.
  8. a farmyard or barnyard.
  9. a piece of land having the use specified by the attributive noun or adjective: a parking lot; a used-car lot.
  10. a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property.
  11. a distinct portion or parcel of anything, as of merchandise: The furniture was to be auctioned off in 20 lots.
  12. a number of things or persons collectively: There's one more, and that's the lot.
  13. kind of person; sort: He's a bad lot.
  14. Often,a great many or a great deal: a lot of books; lots of money.
  15. a tax or duty.
  16. to ally oneself with; share the life and fortunes of: She had cast her lot with the bohemian crowd.
  17. to settle a question by the use of lots: They drew lots to see who would go first.
  1. to divide or distribute by lot (sometimes fol. by out): to lot furniture for sale; to lot out apples by the basketful.
  2. to assign to one as his or her lot; allot.
  3. to divide into lots, as land.
  4. to cast or draw lots for.
  1. to draw lots.
  1. Often,a great deal; greatly: Thanks a lot for the ride. I care lots about my family.


Pronunciation: (lot), [key]
— n.
  1. the nephew of Abraham. His wife was changed into a pillar of salt for looking back during their flight from Sodom. Gen. 13:1–12, 19.


Pronunciation: (lôt), [key]
— n.
  1. a river in S France, flowing W to the Garonne. 300 mi. (480 km) long.
  2. a department in S France. 150,725; 2018 sq. mi. (5225 sq. km). Cap.: Cahors.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. (in prescriptions) a lotion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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  • lot (Thesaurus)