lotter, n.
/lot/, n., v., lotted, lotting, adv.
1. one of a set of objects, as straws or pebbles, drawn or thrown from a container to decide a question or choice by chance.
2. the casting or drawing of such objects as a method of deciding something: to choose a person by lot.
3. the decision or choice made by such a method.
4. allotted share or portion: to receive one's lot of an inheritance.
5. the portion in life assigned by fate or Providence; one's fate, fortune, or destiny: Her lot had not been a happy one.
6. a distinct portion or piece of land: a building lot.
7. a piece of land forming a part of a district, city, or other community.
8. South Midland and Southern U.S. a farmyard or barnyard.
9. a piece of land having the use specified by the attributive noun or adjective: a parking lot; a used-car lot.
10. Motion Pictures. a motion-picture studio and its surrounding property.
11. a distinct portion or parcel of anything, as of merchandise: The furniture was to be auctioned off in 20 lots.
12. a number of things or persons collectively: There's one more, and that's the lot.
13. kind of person; sort: He's a bad lot.
14. Often, lots. a great many or a great deal: a lot of books; lots of money.
15. Chiefly Brit. a tax or duty.
16. cast 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.
17. draw or cast lots, to settle a question by the use of lots: They drew lots to see who would go first.
18. to divide or distribute by lot (sometimes fol. by out): to lot furniture for sale; to lot out apples by the basketful.
19. to assign to one as his or her lot; allot.
20. to divide into lots, as land.
21. Obs. to cast or draw lots for.
22. to draw lots.
23. 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; ME; OE hlot portion, choice, decision; c. D lot, ON hlutr; akin to OE hliet, G Los, ON hlaut, Goth hlauts lot]
Syn. 4. part, quota. 7. plot, parcel. 12. group, crowd, gang.

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Nephew of Abraham.

He emigrated with Abraham from Ur to Canaan and settled in Sodom, a city so evil that God decided to destroy it. Warned by angels of the coming disaster, Lot fled the city with his family. His wife disobeyed God's orders by looking back at the burning city and was turned into a pillar of salt. Lot later had children by his own daughters, and they became the founders of the Moabite and Ammonite nations, enemies of Israel. See also Sodom and Gomorrah.

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