Lot v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lotted p. pr. & vb. n. Lotting ] To allot; to sort; to portion. [R.]
To lot on or To lot upon, to count or reckon upon; to expect with pleasure. [Colloq. U. S.]
1. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay. --Spenser.
2. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without man's choice or will; as, to cast or draw lots.
The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. --Prov. xvi. 33.
If we draw lots, he speeds. --Shak.
3. The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's
Enough to bear. --Milton.
He was but born to try
The lot of man -- to suffer and to die. --Pope.
4. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction; as, a lot of stationery; -- colloquially, sometimes of people; as, a sorry lot; a bad lot.
I, this winter, met with a very large lot of English heads, chiefly of the reign of James I. --Walpole.
5. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field; as, a building lot in a city.
The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York. --Kent.
6. A large quantity or number; a great deal; as, to spend a lot of money; to waste a lot of time on line; lots of people think so. [Colloq.]
He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London by a lot of business. --W. Black.
7. A prize in a lottery. [Obs.]
To cast in one's lot with, to share the fortunes of.
To cast lots, to use or throw a die, or some other instrument, by the unforeseen turn or position of which, an event is by previous agreement determined.
To draw lots, to determine an event, or make a decision, by drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed from the drawer.
To pay scot and lot, to pay taxes according to one's ability. See Scot.
n 1: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of
money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must
have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good
deal, great deal, hatful, heap, mass, mess, mickle,
mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite
a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy
sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
2: a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot
on the lake"
3: your overall circumstances or condition in life (including
everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may
be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the
luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success
that was her portion" [syn: fortune, destiny, fate,
luck, circumstances, portion]
4: any collection in its entirety; "she bought the whole
caboodle" [syn: bunch, caboodle]
5: an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart
set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: set, circle,
6: anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random;
"the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it" [syn: draw]
7: (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and
Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were
told to flee without looking back at the destruction
v 1: divide into lots, as of land, for example
2: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer
critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a
blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete
out, deal, parcel out, dispense, shell out, deal
out, dish out, allot, dole out]
[also: lotting, lotted]
(Heb. goral, a "pebble"), a small stone used in casting lots
(Num. 33:54; Jonah 1:7). The lot was always resorted to by the
Hebrews with strictest reference to the interposition of God,
and as a method of ascertaining the divine will (Prov. 16:33),
and in serious cases of doubt (Esther 3:7). Thus the lot was
used at the division of the land of Canaan among the serveral
tribes (Num. 26:55; 34:13), at the detection of Achan (Josh.
7:14, 18), the election of Saul to be king (1 Sam. 10:20, 21),
the distribution of the priestly offices of the temple service
(1 Chr. 24:3, 5, 19; Luke 1:9), and over the two goats at the
feast of Atonement (Lev. 16:8). Matthias, who was "numbered with
the eleven" (Acts 1:24-26), was chosen by lot.
This word also denotes a portion or an inheritance (Josh.
15:1; Ps. 125:3; Isa. 17:4), and a destiny, as assigned by God
(Ps. 16:5; Dan. 12:13).
Lot, (Heb. lot), a covering; veil, the son of Haran, and
nephew of Abraham (Gen. 11:27). On the death of his father, he
was left in charge of his grandfather Terah (31), after whose
death he accompanied his uncle Abraham into Canaan (12:5),
thence into Egypt (10), and back again to Canaan (13:1). After
this he separated from him and settled in Sodom (13:5-13). There
his righteous soul was "vexed" from day to day (2 Pet. 2:7), and
he had great cause to regret this act. Not many years after the
separation he was taken captive by Chedorlaomer, and was rescued
by Abraham (Gen. 14). At length, when the judgment of God
descended on the guilty cities of the plain (Gen. 19:1-20), Lot
was miraculously delivered. When fleeing from the doomed city
his wife "looked back from behind him, and became a pillar of
salt." There is to this day a peculiar crag at the south end of
the Dead Sea, near Kumran, which the Arabs call Bint Sheik Lot,
i.e., Lot's wife. It is "a tall, isolated needle of rock, which
really does bear a curious resemblance to an Arab woman with a
child upon her shoulder." From the words of warning in Luke
17:32, "Remember Lot's wife," it would seem as if she had gone
back, or tarried so long behind in the desire to save some of
her goods, that she became involved in the destruction which
fell on the city, and became a stiffened corpse, fixed for a
time in the saline incrustations. She became "a pillar of salt",
i.e., as some think, of asphalt. (See SALT.)
Lot and his daughters sought refuge first in Zoar, and then,
fearing to remain there longer, retired to a cave in the
neighbouring mountains (Gen. 19:30). Lot has recently been
connected with the people called on the Egyptian monuments
Rotanu or Lotanu, who is supposed to have been the hero of the
Edomite tribe Lotan.
Lot, Lotan, wrapt up; hidden; covered; myrrh; rosin