Webster 1913 Edition
That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.
But save my life, which
lotbefore your foot doth lay.
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.
lotis cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
Prov. xvi. 33.
If we draw
lots, he speeds.
The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
O visions ill foreseen! Each day's
Enough to bear.
Enough to bear.
He was but born to try
lotof man – to suffer and to die.
A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction;
as, a; – colloquially, sometimes of people;
as, a sorry
lot; a bad
I, this winter, met with a very large
lotof English heads, chiefly of the reign of James I.
A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field;
as, a building.
lotin a city
The defendants leased a house and
lotin the city of New York.
A large quantity or number; a great deal;
as, to spend a
lotof money; to waste a
lotof time on line;
lotsof people think so.
He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London by a
A prize in a lottery.
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
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To allot; to sort; to portion.
To lot onor
To lot upon
to count or reckon upon; to expect with pleasure.
[Colloq. U. S.]
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That which, in human speech, is called chance, hazard, fortune; but in strictness of language, is the determination of Providence; as, the land shall be divided by lot. Num. 26.
2.That by which the fate or portion of one is determined; that by which an event is committed to chance, that is, to the determination of Providence; as, to cast lots; to draw lots.
The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Prov. 16.
3.The part, division or fate which falls to one by chance, that is, by divine determination.
The second lot came forth to Simeon. Josh. 19.
He was but born to try the lot of man, to suffer and to die.
4.A distinct portion or parcel; as a lot of goods; a lot of boards.
5.Proportion or share of taxes; as, to pay scot and lot.
6.In the United States, a piece or division of land; perhaps originally assigned by drawing lots, but now any portion, piece or division. So we say, a man has a lot of land in Broadway, or in the meadow; he has a lot in the plain, or on the mountain; he has a home-lot, a house-lot, a wood-lot.
The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York.
To cast lots, is to use or throw a die, or some other instrument, by the unforseen turn or position of which, an event is by previous agreement determined.
To draw lots, to determine an event by drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed from the drawer, and thus determining an event.