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In sales, a parcel or single article that is the subject matter of a separate sale or delivery, irrespective of whether or not it is adequate to perform the contract. In the Securities and commodities market, a specific number of shares or a particular quantity of a commodity specified for trading. In the law of real estate, one of several parcels into which real property is divided.

A lot is ordinarily one of several contiguous pieces of land of which a block is composed. Real property is commonly described in terms of lot and block numbers on recorded maps and plats.


noun parcel, part, piece, piece of ground, plot, portion, small parcel of land, subdivision, tract
Associated concepts: adjacent lots, block, building lot, conniguous lots, partition of lots, vacant lot
See also: assemblage, bulk, conglomeration, entirety, land, lottery, parcel, plight, plot, posture, predetermination, property, quantity, real estate, situation

LOT. Anything on which depends the accidental determination of a right by which we acquire or lose something; or it is that which fortuitously determines what we are to acquire. When it can be certainly known what are our rights, we ought never to resort to a decision by lot; but when it is impossible to tell what actually belong to us, as if an estate is divided into three parts and one part given to each of three persons, the proper way to ascertain each one's part is to draw lots. Wolff, Dr. &c., de la Nat. Sec. 669.

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For example, in 1066 William the Conqueror was kept on a French beach for two weeks because his soothsayer was casting lots, waiting for the auspicious day when all their luck would be correct.
This they did by a combination of careful consideration and casting lots.
While it is possible that the reference to lots suggested some form of voting, some scripture scholars argue that it referred to the Old Testament practice of casting lots, where stones with names on them were put in a vessel, which was then shaken until one fell out.