lot(lot),USA pronunciationn., v.,lot•ted, lot•ting,adv. n.
one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.
the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something:to choose a person by lot.
the decision or choice made by such a method.
allotted share or portion:to receive one's lot of an inheritance.
the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny:Her lot had not been a happy one.
a distinct portion or piece of land:a building lot.
a piece of land forming a part of a district, city, or other community.
Dialect Terms[South Midland and Southern U.S.]a farmyard or barnyard.
a piece of land having the use specified by the attributive noun or adjective:a parking lot; a used-car lot.
Show Business[Motion Pictures.]a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property.
a distinct portion or parcel of anything, as of merchandise:The furniture was to be auctioned off in 20 lots.
a number of things or persons collectively:There's one more, and that's the lot.
kind of person; sort:He's a bad lot.
Often, lots. a great many or a great deal:a lot of books; lots of money.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a tax or duty.
Idiomscast or cast in one's lot with, to ally oneself with; share the life and fortunes of:She had cast her lot with the bohemian crowd.
Idiomsdraw or cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots:They drew lots to see who would go first.
to divide or distribute by lot (sometimes fol. by out):to lot furniture for sale; to lot out apples by the basketful.
to assign to one as his or her lot; allot.
to divide into lots, as land.
[Obs.]to cast or draw lots for.
to draw lots.
Often, lots. a great deal; greatly:Thanks a lot for the ride. I care lots about my family.
bef. 950; 1805–15 for def. 14; Middle English; Old English hlot portion, choice, decision; cognate with Dutch lot, Old Norse hlutr; akin to Old English hlīet, German Los, Old Norse hlaut, Gothic hlauts lot
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged part, quota.
7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plot, parcel.
12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged group, crowd, gang.
Biblethe 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.
Place Namesa river in S France, flowing W to the Garonne. 300 mi. (480 km) long.
Place Namesa department in S France. 150,725; 2018 sq. mi. (5225 sq. km). Cap.: Cahors.