A plot within a story, subsidiary to the main plot.
1978, R.B. Lee & R. Misiorowski, ''Script Models: A Handbook for the Media Writer'',
- Subplot, a story line enclosed within the principal story to provide relief from the main plot's tension, add character dimension, etc.
1998: Stephen Roy Miller, ''The Taming of a Shre the 1594 quarto''
- Structurally, the two most variant scenes (outside of Scene ii) are Scenes 3 and 4 in which the compiler works out the variant subplot.
2001: Dennis O'Neil, ''The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics''
- In a sense, Superman's romance with Lois Lane was a subplot and ...
2001, Nancy Arbuthnot Johnson, Vic Neufield, ''Forging Links for Health Research'',
- But this story has a subplot — a subplot about fairness and how people have divergent levels of access to knowledge and resources.
1996: ''The American Midland Naturalist'', published by the University of Notre Dame
- ... on sixteen 8/10-acre plots (12.8 acres) well distributed over the area. ... A 1/160-acre subplot was established in a randomly chosen corner of each ...
1999, E. K. Sadanandan Nambiar, Christian Cossalter, ''Site Management and Productivity in Tropical Plantation Forest'',
- There are 72 trees in each plot (6x12) and 36 trees in each subplot.
2002, M. Boya Edwards, ''Proceedings for the Eight Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference'',
- Hardwood and shrub stems (besides gallberry) were counted by species and measured for total height (if greater than 2 ft) on 3 strip plots per subplot that were 0.01 acre …
To provide (a story) with a subplot.
1965, Percival Hunt, ''The Gift of the Unicorn: Essays on Writing'' (page 70)
- In the pictures of places, too, an author uses economy; and for his plot, complicated and subplotted as it may seem, he cannot count on having vast stretches of eternity in which to elaborate forever.