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

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Here is a link to the arrest report for more information: *Miller's photo is not yet on the PBSO booking blotter. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Good Samaritans stop man from kidnapping Florida boy, 12, walking home from school, police say," 22 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, beer makes regular appearances on the nation’s crime blotters for years. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexican craft breweries you should seek out now," 8 Aug. 2019 There’s no bookstore, the nearest Barnes & Noble being 55 miles away and the main source of reading matter being the horrifying/hilarious crime blotter in the local weekly newspaper. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 In the beginning, Campion had to rewrite headlines from local crime blotters. Author: Logan Hill, Anchorage Daily News, "Is it OK to laugh at Florida Man?," 16 July 2019 Police said in a blotter post that a 79-year-old man who was stabbed in the neck and a 77-year-old man who was stabbed in the back were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Washington Post, "3 stabbed at random in downtown Seattle; suspect arrested," 10 July 2019 Two people were taken to the hospital, a 75-year-old man who was stabbed in the neck and a 77-year-old man who was stabbed in the back, according to a blotter post on the Seattle Police Department's official blog. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Seattle police arrest naked man after 'unprovoked' triple stabbing; 2 hospitalized," 9 July 2019 If arrested, a person’s name, age, address and crime would be published as part of the police blotter in most local newspapers across the U.S. Chad Painter, The Conversation, "How the New York media covered the Stonewall riots," 19 June 2019 He was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of homicide and domestic- violence assault, the blotter said. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Man arrested at S. Seattle apartment suspected in International District homicide," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of blotter

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blotter

: a large piece of blotting paper that is placed in a stiff frame on top of a desk
: a book used in a police station for writing down information about people or events


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

Kids Definition of blotter

: a piece of blotting paper



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