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Lot (lŏt)
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In the Bible, Abraham's nephew, whose wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back as they fled Sodom.

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lot (lŏt)
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n.
1. a lot or lots Informal
a. A large extent, amount, or number: is in a lot of trouble; has lots of friends.
b. Used adverbially to mean "to a great degree or extent" or "frequently": felt a lot better; ran lots faster; doesn't go out a whole lot; has seen her lots lately.
c. A number of associated people or things: placating an angry lot of tenants; kids who were a noisy lot.
d. Miscellaneous articles sold as one unit: a lot of stamps sold at an auction.
e. An individual of a particular kind or type: That dog is a contented lot.
2.
a. A piece of land having specific boundaries, especially one constituting a part of a city, town, or block.
b. A piece of land used for a given purpose: a parking lot.
c. The complete grounds of a film studio.
d. The outdoor area of a film studio.
3.
a. An object used in making a determination or choice at random: casting lots to see who will go first.
b. The use of objects in making a determination or choice at random: chosen by lot.
c. The determination or choice so made: The lot fell on the widow's only son.
d. One's fortune in life; one's fate: It was her lot to struggle for years in obscurity.
tr.v. lot·ted, lot·ting, lots
1. To apportion by lots; allot.
2. To divide (land) into lots.
3. To divide (goods) into lots for sale.

[Middle English, from Old English hlot.]

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