blotter

noun
blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Definition of blotter

1 : a piece of blotting paper
2 : a book in which entries (as of transactions or occurrences) are made temporarily pending their transfer to permanent record books police blotter

Examples of blotter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Murad's Oil and Pore Control Mattifier, a broad-spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen that mattifies oily complexions better than an oil blotter. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 White Album on some orange Owsley or orange sunshine or some blotter. Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2022 Witnesses called 911 at 5:15 p.m. to report the attack on the bartender in the 500 block of King Street, police said on their blotter. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021 The crime blotter has been a staple at many departments in the D.C. region and around the country for decades. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Inside the house was mustard wall-to-wall carpeting and a gigantic Maitland-Smith desk with an ink blotter. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2022 Guglielmi said police are exploring ways to bring back the blotter minus names and other details that won’t run afoul of county policy. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 The plan is to publish an in-depth article every weekday while skipping some of the staples of local papers, like high school sports and a police blotter. New York Times, 20 June 2021 The plan is to publish an in-depth article every weekday while skipping some of the staples of local papers, like high school sports and a police blotter. New York Times, 20 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blotter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blotter. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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blotter

noun
blot·​ter | \ ˈblä-tər How to pronounce blotter (audio) \

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper

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